NREL Perovskite Lab Coordinator in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Perovskite Lab Coordinator



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

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. NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience department has an immediate opening for a Perovskite Lab Coordinator.

The Perovskite Lab Coordinator has primary responsibility for coordinating access, use, training, and maintenance of Materials and Chemical Science and Technology (MCST) Directorate’s Perovskite research facilities and providing technical support for the Perovskite research efforts. These facilities directly support NREL’s mission to develop clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Specific roles and responsibilities associated with this position are:

Facility Stewardship:

  • Duties include being a point of contact for researchers, environment, safety, health & quality (ESH&Q), facilities, and research operations support; maintaining operational knowledge; developing safe operating procedures; maintaining an understanding of associated hazards and safety controls, maintaining a safe and clean work environment, training staff who have been authorized to perform work in the area, and communicating facility-level information to the users of these labs.

  • Participate in group discussions regarding maintenance, planning and resourcing of facilities.

  • Support the development and enforcement of lab protocols.

  • Coordinate facility-level alterations, maintenance, and repair (e.g. ventilation, electrical, process gases and liquids) with lab users and the NREL Site Operations department.

  • Perform or coordinate tool-level maintenance, repair and upgrades; perform new-user training on select tools; and maintain Safe Operating Procedures for select tools. Applicable tool sets include gloveboxes as well as solution- and/or vapor-phase processing equipment.

  • Perform ordering and restocking of commonly used consumables (e.g. gloves, chemicals and substrates) and ensure proper waste management.

  • Work with staff to establish a mechanism that will allow the scheduling tool access and tracking of equipment usage.

Technical Support:

  • Provide technical support to solution processed photovoltaic (PV) research efforts that enable energy-related materials and device science. Examples include guidance on the use of gloveboxes, the use of solution processing equipment, and the safe handling of chemicals.

  • Operate tool sets in direct support of scientific research projects.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, physics, or related field.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Master's Degree in Chemistry Engineering or in relevant discipline. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry Engineering or in relevant discipline, and 2 or more years of experience. General knowledge and application of scientific technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Training in team, task or project leadership responsibilities. Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques. Beginning experience in project management. Good technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience including the maintenance and operation of gloveboxes, high vacuum systems (e.g. evaporators), and solution processing equipment within the context of PV research and development.

  • Strong chemical handling, mechanical, and electrical skills.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability and willingness to enforce laboratory protocols.

  • Demonstrated ability to act as an organizing force and be responsive to the needs of the user community.

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.


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