The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in beautiful Golden, Colorado, is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable.
Post Doctoral Researcher- Thermal and Piezoelectric Properties Studies
Job Req #1678
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Material Science Center, Thin Film Material Science and Processing group, is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to develop and refine measurement instrumentation, perform investigations on and analyze data for the thermal and piezoelectric properties of materials and devices.
Ways to capture and store energy renewably are getting increasing attention and the energy-harvesting field is developing an increasingly diverse set of way to convert energy from one form to another and to store that energy. Thermal and mechanical energy conversions are of increasing interest. Whether energy conversion comes from a primary source, such as the sun, or waste heat energy is captured, our emphasis is on developing new materials and devices to convert and store this energy as efficiently and cost-effective as possible. Heat management is an important component for this purpose. For this position, the researcher will help to develop, refine and operate several instruments capable of measuring the thermal properties of materials and devices. Separately, this position will also involve a similar effort to investigate piezoelectric properties of materials where either the direct conversion of mechanical to electrical energy or the use of the inherent polarization is of interest. The successful candidate will have knowledge and/or experience in developing scientific instrumentation, using that equipment for investigative studies, and reporting on the conclusions of those studies. The desired experience includes familiarity with the following systems: data acquisition hardware and software, cryogenic systems, vacuum systems (ranging from low to UHV), electrical and electronic systems, and mechanical systems. This broad range is necessary to be able to integrate these systems together as needed to form the instrument. The postdoc will be responsible for publishing the results of this work in high impact journals and collaborating with researchers active in other materials systems to understand their work, lessons learned, and how these results may apply to multiple materials. This is a collaborative project, with opportunities to work with scientists from NREL, academia, and industry. The successful candidate will have experience in thermal and electrical measurements, solid-state device physics, rigorous experimental skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a strong publication record.
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Required Education, Experience, and Skills
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
A doctorate degree in materials science, physics, chemistry, or other relevant discipline or relevant education and experience consistent with duties is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in LabView software data acquisition programming. Familiarity with Igor Pro programming and data analysis is a plus.