Postdoctoral researcher - PV Module Accelerated Lifetime Testing and Modeling
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. Postdoctoral researcher PV Module Accelerated Lifetime Testing and Modeling Job Req #R1856 Job Summary The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in 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. We are announcing an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the PV Performance and Reliability area. The appointment is for up to three years. Actual time will depend on projects and budgets. The focus of Performance and Reliability Research and Development (R&D) at NREL is to improve photovoltaic (PV) technologies. We test and model systems, modules and materials for performance, stress them both in the field and in the laboratory, and find solutions to improve PV reliability. This postdoctoral position is for work conducting innovative research on Photovoltaic modules and materials testing. The main project intended for this hire is the development and application of combined stress factor weathering tests (e.g., ASTM 7869) and performing the associated modeling for analyzing module degradation. This will likely include the study of thermomechanical fatigue, oxidative, hydrolytic, and electrolytic degradation processes in various materials. All PV technologies may be considered (III-V, crystalline Si, thin-film, etc.). Expectations include: planning, realization, analysis and interpretation of scientific experiments. The successful candidate will have a deep fundamental knowledge of the structure/mechanics and electrical behavior of materials and devices and hands-on laboratory experience in electrical and mechanical testing. Publication of results in scientific journals and conference proceedings and presentation of work at scientific conferences and program review meetings is expected. The successful applicant will also comply with NREL's environmental, safety, and health policies and procedures, working safely at all times, maintaining showpiece laboratories, and continuously promoting a safe working environment. 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 http://www.nrel.gov/employment/eeo.html. Pre-employment drug testing required. Submit Your Resume Please apply online at: www.nrel.gov/employment - http://www.nrel.gov/employment and search for Req #1856 Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.
Required Education, Experience, and Skills Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years. Preferred Qualifications A recent Ph.D. (less than 3 years), in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Physics. Excellent instrumentation, experimentation, software (e.g. LabVIEW), materials science, and analytical skills or knowledge are required. Demonstrated self-motivation in the candidate's work will additionally be sought. Please specify how your experience fits these requirements in your application. Strong scientific writing skills demonstrated by experience in writing quality scientific papers; proven communications skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a research team are also required. Experience with quality control, performance testing, or reliability testing. Experience with creep and viscoplasticity of materials and its characterization. Experience with product development in the context of defining the needed test requirements. PI97172309 http://www.click2apply.net/qkhk5j4tzmn7cvhf