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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Staff Scientist - Next Generation Microelectronics & Wide Bandgap Semiconductors in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Staff Scientist - Next Generation Microelectronics & Wide Bandgap Semiconductors



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. We have a Staff Scientist (Researcher III) position available in the Materials, Chemicals and Computational Sciences Directorate to support our expanding work in developing novel solutions for microelectronics and wide band-gap semiconductors for applications including solid state lighting, power electronics, neuromorphic computing, and solar energy harvesting. Candidates who are interested in launching independent careers and desire to build programs as a principal investigator should apply.

This position is located within the Chemistry and Nanoscience center of the MCCS directorate. The goal of this center is to Investigate molecular and nano processes to convert renewable sources into chemical and electrical energy, developing high-efficiency crystalline PV, and measuring PV cell/module performance. This position will work cross collaboratively across the directorate to support the MCCS mission of delivering world-class basic and applied R&D and foster innovation and scientific leadership to enable the nation’s energy transformation with a focus on advances in solar energy, hydrogen and renewable fuels, fuel cells, energy storage, and reliability/durability science.

Inclusion and diversity are core values, and the applicant should describe how they support a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every employee, as well as contributing to building diverse teams via recruiting and retaining new contributors.

Experience in the research areas of and strong publication/patent records pertaining to:

  • A particular focus on epitaxial growth using molecular beam epitaxy and other high-quality growth techniques is expected. Adapting such traditional epitaxy techniques to enable the growth and development of novel semiconductors is a specific goal, as well as integration with known wide band gap materials (e.g. GaN). Applicants should have experience in growth and characterization of semiconductors such as oxide and nitride materials.

  • Growth and Characterization of semi-conductors such as oxide and nitride materials

  • Mentoring Colleagues

  • Proposal development and strategic thinking


Basic Qualifications

Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates complete understanding and wide application of scientific technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Additional Required Qualifications

Qualified candidates should demonstrate skills in the practice of research (particularly thin film epitaxy and characterization of novel materials) via a strong publication and/or patent record. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are essential for success in this role. Teamwork and collaboration are also required, including across traditional research disciplines; the applicant will be expected to partner and team internally and externally by leveraging existing and building new science and engineering networks. In particular, a strong record of mentoring colleagues is expected. Inclusion and diversity are core values, and the applicant should describe how they support a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every employee, as well as contributing to building diverse teams via recruiting and retaining new contributors. Demonstrated experience in proposal development and strategic thinking to build new research directions within NREL’s mission space is also expected, as is the ability to balance multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $73,900 - $133,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

Submission Guidelines

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.


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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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