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National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Golden, CO, United States
30 days ago
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Golden, Colorado, United States
30 days ago


Working at NREL

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 and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.

Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.

Job Description

The NREL Director's Fellowship attracts the next generation of exceptionally qualified scientists and engineers with outstanding talent and credentials in renewable energy research and related disciplines. Candidates are selected based on eligibility, program expectations, and research proposals. Overriding consideration, when evaluating the application, will be the quality of the candidate. Successful candidates will serve a two-year term, with a possible third-year renewal paid with program funding (maximum three-year appointments). The Director's Fellowship includes a premium salary rate, additional funding for conferences/presentations, competitive benefits package, and relocation assistance (for moves greater than 50 miles from NREL).

Additional Required Knowledge Skills and Attributes:

Please note that your application will be considered incomplete if submitted without the required information, and will not be reviewed.

1. Cover page (please include: name, title of proposal and NREL mentor)

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. A letter of recommendation from your current supervisor or academic advisor

4. Research proposal addressing the long-term science needs which would support the laboratory's mission and goals: focus on the proposed research and identify an appropriate area within the laboratory to host the research; clearly state the research challenges; identify the scientific or technological questions that are associated with the challenge; define the strategy to address these questions; and define an approach. Please download and complete the proposal template for FY2022 and submit with you application to the Director’s Fellowship proposal template. ***Note you should develop this proposal with your mentor, see Research to find potential mentors.

5. NREL mentor's letter of intent to support the candidate

6. Names and contact information of two additional individuals from nationally known faculty or scientists in relevant disciplines who are knowledgeable about the candidate's capabilities and research

7. Proof of PhD degree prior to assignment start date.

***Please upload all 7 items in one PDF under the “resume” option within the applicant tracking system.


Basic Qualifications

-All Ph.D. requirements completed prior to appointment and be at an early point in a promising career of world-class research and leadership in the appropriate discipline.

-Must be a recent PhD graduate and received your PhD in Fundamental Science within two years of the application deadline which is August 31, 2022.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 64471981
  • Location:
    Golden, Colorado, United States
  • Company Name For Job: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Position Title: Director's Fellowship Postdoctoral Researcher: Scientist
  • Industry: Environmental Sciences
  • Job Function: Government Research
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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