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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Chemistry and Nanoscience - High Efficiency Crystalline PV Group Manager in Golden, Colorado

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Chemistry and Nanoscience - High Efficiency Crystalline PV Group Manager



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

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. A Group Manager position is available in NREL's Chemistry and Nanoscience Center to lead the High Efficiency Crystalline PV Group. The group does research into Si-based photovoltaics, tandems based on silicon, high deposition rate III-V solar cell fabrication, and electrochemical energy storage based on silicon. The focus is on lowering cost, increasing durability, and improving efficiency of these technologies and the group closely collaborates with industrial partners. The group uses methods ranging from clean room processing, to ultra-high rate vapor deposition. The group interfaces and collaborates with characterization groups using spectroscopy methods ranging from EPR to ultrafast laser spectroscopy and very high-fidelity analytical methods such as TOF-SIMS. The candidate will provide scientific and strategic leadership and mentoring to a group consisting of scientists, engineers, technical staff and postdoctoral researchers and students. The successful candidate has expertise in a range of techniques and technologies and will apply their expertise to research in a broad range of renewable energy and other energy technologies.

Candidates must demonstrate a track record of successful independent research, program management and strategic planning experience and will be responsible for advancing and maintaining a safe and secure work environment. Successful applicants will demonstrate the ability to recruit and retain outstanding talent, support a diverse workforce, provide strategic direction for business development and oversee proposal activity for a large range of sponsors, particularly the Department of Energy/EERE, Office of Science, Department of Defense, but also industry and university partners.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Chemistry and Nanoscience Center as well as the Materials Science Center and Materials and Chemical Sciences Directorate leadership to identify and develop new capabilities and steward existing infrastructure. The group manager will be responsible for continuing and advancing the High Efficiency Crystalline PV Group as a key contributor to the broader NREL S&T strategy through strategic interactions throughout the Directorate and with other Directorates at NREL


Basic Qualifications

PhD and 9+ years in research

Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required.

Or, Master's Degree and 12+ years in research

Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required.

Or, Bachelor's Degree and 14+ years in research

Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • PhD in materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics, or related field, and 9 or more years of experience.

  • Applies extensive scientific technical expertise and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Considered a technical resource.

  • Demonstrates leadership in several areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated experience in management of projects.

  • Qualified candidates must demonstrate considerable skill in interpreting and assessing the experimental results of their own work and that of others.

  • Excellent interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills are essential for success at NREL.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the principles underlying photovoltaic energy conversion, microelectronics, and energy storage.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor staff, postdoctoral scientists and students.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and advance new approaches to address particular challenges for energy-related systems and devices is a plus.

  • Strong record of publications/presentations in areas relevant to NREL research.


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