Close Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Company: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Job Description:

Location: CO - Golden

Position Type: Postdoc (Fixed Term)

Job Description

Seeking a high-caliber postdoctoral candidate to join our growing Mobility, Behavior and Advanced Powertrains Department. The successful candidate will conduct research related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, advanced powertrain simulation, and transportation energy and data analysis.


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.

Relevant technologies to model and analyze include plug-in electric vehicles (plug-in hybrid and battery electric—together with associated charging infrastructure needs), alongside conventional, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. Applications of interest span light-duty personal vehicles to medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Assessment of connected / automated vehicles and alternative mobility paradigms to traditional car ownership are also of interest. Additional activities may include:

  • Examining the interaction between availability of supporting infrastructure for advanced vehicles and consumer preference for those vehicles.
  • Working with large datasets, including acquiring data, performing quality control, analyzing, and producing visualizations.
  • Building, enhancing, and validating modeling and simulation tools.
  • Translating results into effective and influential communication products and tools tailored to client requests and audience requirements.
  • Producing high-quality publications, reports and research proposals.
  • Supporting additional related research projects as needed.

Basic Qualifications

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

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Strong collaboration skills—thrives working in a collaborative team environment, but is comfortable working independently when necessary.
  • Experience with electric vehicle charging technology and infrastructure planning concepts.
  • Familiarity with vehicle fuel economy, performance and/or cost modeling (to include familiarity with vehicle component / subcomponent modeling and supporting data requirements).
  • Expertise with relevant software tools / scientific computing / programming languages (such as MATLAB, Python, C/C++, R, JavaScript, etc.), and demonstrated versatility working with various tools and approaches.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Please include all relevant experience and qualification information on the uploaded PDF (or MS Word) copy of your resume or CV.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Capabilities with physics-based as well as mathematical modeling and machine-learning approaches.
  • Expertise working with large datasets, leveraging high-performance computing resources, and / or performing data analysis and visualization.
  • Established base of relevant stakeholder contacts, including analysis customers, industry collaborators, and fellow researchers.

Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Annual Salary Range: $68,000 - $112,200
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-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

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Hours Per Week: 40

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols
Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021.

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

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.


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