III-V Materials and Device Postdoctoral Researcher

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Posting Title
III-V Materials and Device Postdoctoral Researcher
CO - Golden
Position Type
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
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Job Description
The High Efficiency Crystalline Photovoltaics Group within the Materials, Chemical, and Computational Sciences Directorate has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in III-V materials is needed to complete project goals for solar projects. This position aligns with circular economy goals for energy materials by researching high-efficiency thin film PV through III-V materials.
The researcher will develop III-V materials and devices, including solar cells, using epitaxial growth techniques and perform extensive characterization and analysis of the resulting materials and devices.
The work will involve developing growth capabilities using a first-of-its-kind hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) reactor; understanding the impact of the deposition equipment on the growth of high-quality III-V materials and interfaces; tracking and assessing material and device performance over time; designing and implementing improvements to the deposition process; and producing process understanding. The work will lead to significant additions to the knowledge base of materials and device science and to the dissemination of that work through journal publications journal publications.
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Basic Qualifications
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have experience in the design, operation, and maintenance of complex equipment. Qualified candidates must demonstrate skill in interpreting and assessing the experimental results of their own work and that of others and demonstrate a record of success from graduate and/or post-graduate work in this area. Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are essential for success in this role.
Teamwork and collaboration define the modern scientific approach, and the Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to collaborate, be open to new ideas, and recognize the contribution of others. Inclusion and diversity are core values, and the Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to support a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every employee.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in the growth, characterization, and/or processing of III-V materials and devices.
  • Experience in computational fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, or kinetic modeling. Strong publication record.
  • All candidates will be considered whether or not they meet all preferred qualifications.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $73,200 - $120,800
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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.
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