NREL Postdoctoral Researcher - Solar Fuels Chemist in Golden, Colorado
Postdoctoral Researcher - Solar Fuels Chemist
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
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 postdoctoral researcher position is available in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center to explore electrochemical fuel-forming reactions. This position will focus on investigating the impacts of surface chemistry on electrochemical catalytic processes important to catalytic fuel-forming reactions (e.g., H2O oxidation, CO2 reduction, N2 reduction) at semiconductor/electrolyte junctions. Fundamental studies probing how surface-bound catalysts, molecular dipoles, and coatings influence interfacial processes in both bulk thin film semiconductors (e.g., III–V, metal oxides) and nanostructured systems will be explored.
The candidate will support a larger group effort exploring charge-transfer processes in photoelectrochemical systems. The collaborative environment requires a candidate who has the ability to interface with scientists of different disciplines and to learn topics outside their area of expertise. In general, candidates should have a demonstrated track record of success in addressing fundamental science questions and devising solutions to challenging problems. The candidate will be required to work closely with the Environment, Health, & Safety team to follow safe work procedures, as well as to handle waste properly and keep a clean, well-organized work environment.
Qualified candidates must demonstrate considerable skill in interpreting and assessing the experimental results of their own work and that of others. The successful candidate should have the ability and motivation to generate high-impact peer-reviewed publications that move the field. Finally, excellent interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills are essential for success at NREL.
Additional Required Education, Experience, and Skills:
Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science & engineering, physics, or related field. Record of publications/presentations in areas relevant to NREL projects.
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
Key knowledge for the ideal candidate includes the techniques and methodologies of inorganic chemistry, heterogeneous and/or homogeneous catalysis, electrochemistry, and physical analysis of materials.
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