Job Req #R2795

Job Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder, and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) conducts world-class research in the areas of wind energy, water power, and grid integration.  As part of NREL’s missions in wind energy and water power, NREL is seeking a materials scientist or manufacturing scientist with a focus in composite materials appropriate for renewable energy applications.  As part of this research position, the successful candidate will lead the scientific direction and publishing output for an established manufacturing research group at the NWTC.  This position requires initiative, creativity, and strong communication skills to propose new research to the U.S. Department of Energy as well as industrial partners.  The successful candidate must have strong proposal writing skills and understand how to leverage research into technology transfer to industry.  Ability to obtain a security clearance is desired.

NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.

NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The candidates will also be considered for a joint appointment as a tenure-track faculty member in one of the engineering departments at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) at either the assistant or associate professor level. The selected individual expected to work closely with faculty and students from Mines as well as their team members at NREL. Ideally, this could be accomplished with a 0.4 FTE appointment at Mines and a 0.6 FTE appointment at NREL, i.e., where the primary commitment is at NREL.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD required and 15 or more years of experience. Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Manufacturing Science, Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, and demonstrated potential for successful teaching, scholarship and service. The successful candidate must also have strong interpersonal and communications skills.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialty and to mentor graduate students as they develop and sustain a strong, externally funded research program. We are especially interested in candidates whose approach is interdisciplinary and will work broadly and collaboratively, both within their home Department and across the Mines campus. While applicants of all ranks and research areas will be considered, we have particular interest in Assistant Professor applicants with expertise in the area of structural composites.

Individuals with wind industry experience are preferred.

EEO Policy / E-Verify                          

NREL's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, age, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, please click here

Pre-employment drug testing required.

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