Scientist III-Catalyst and Materials Science/ Part-Time
National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Golden, CO

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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, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL's Chemical and Materials Science Center has an immediate opening for a half time Scientist III position. This assignment is for one year with possible renewal. Job Duties Conduct fundamental studies on materials, designs and systems for a new field of chemical research which involves measuring the electronic energy levels and electrocatalytic abilities of non-equilibrium structures. This is related to the entatic state hypothesis which may explain how some two-electron transfer enzymes function. The position may involve some chemical and catalyst synthesis, polymer processing, designing new experiments and instruments, electrochemistry, etc. Of immediate interest are fuel-forming electrocatalytic systems, but other physical and optical measurements will also be performed. The successful candidate will have diverse interests, be creative and able to progress in a field where there is little to no literature precedent. He or she will also collaborate with researchers of diverse backgrounds (physicists, chemists, spectroscopists, theorists) in a multi-disciplinary project. He or she will document research progress and work with senior staff to publish and present key finding in peer-reviewed journals and at national scientific meetings. Duties also include attention to environmental safety and health issues. Required Education and Experience Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes 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 Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Degree in chemistry, materials science or related field. Must have some experience with synthesis, inorganic complexes and electrochemistry. Preferred Qualifications Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science or related field. Candidates should be versatile, creative, able to master new fields and comfortable with a lack of precedent. Diverse experience with optical and electrochemical characterization of transition metal complexes is desirable. Ability to work well both in a team and independently with limited supervision is critical. EEO Policy NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.

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