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Postdoctoral Researcher - Thermal System Design for Novel HVAC

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Location
Golden, CO
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher Thermal System Design for Novel HVAC

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)

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Hours Per Week

40

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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols

Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. However, employees may seek an exemption from this requirement as an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Upon hire, new employees must submit a request for accommodation or be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. Those without proof of vaccination may be required to participate in weekly testing for access to an NREL site.

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, youll 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, youll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

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Job Description

An opening for a postdoctoral researcher is available in the Building Energy Science Group of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). We are looking for a motivated, quick learning, and self-starting graduate to join the team to develop next-generation HVAC and energy storage technologies. The candidate will join team members on cutting-edge projects to research, develop, and evaluate systems incorporating novel thermal and electrochemical processes.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate should have a strong background and understanding of thermodynamics, heat transfer, electrochemical devices, techno-economics, numerical modeling, and experiments. The candidate will aid team members in the development of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy storage technologies incorporating novel system architectures and electrochemical processes. System modeling and experimental characterization will be used to develop outcomes that are efficient, cost effective, and promote energy equity. The researcher is expected to document work/results in reports, presentations and journal articles.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Develop, design, and analyze novel HVAC and energy storage processes and components using numerical models.

Support equipment procurement and laboratory experimental characterization.

Support techno-economic assessment of novel technologies.

Assist in project management, including writing reports, paper publications, and presentations in program review or conferences.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong background in thermal sciences (i.e. thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer) theory, numerical modeling, and experiments including data acquisition.

Knowledge of programming for data analysis (i.e. Python, MATLAB)

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Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.

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Additional Required Qualifications

Candidate should have a strong aptitude to learn and explore the field needed for development, to be motivated and dedicated, and to deliver research results on time and on budget. Excellent interpersonal, communication, documentation skills, oral and writing proficiency in English. Demonstrated research capability and creativity to solve challenging problems, as well as the ability to work well in a team.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in some or all of the following:

HVAC fundamentals (vapor compression and non-vapor compression).

Knowledge of electrochemical devices (i.e. batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors).

Electrochemical device fundamentals.

Building modeling, including integration with HVAC.

Laboratory experiments and data acquisition systems.

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

Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $69,400 - $114,500

NREL takes into consideration a candidates 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 employees salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-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; and paid holidays. 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.

* 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 Energys 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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