Research Scientist- Autonomous Experimentation for Inorganic Thin Film Materials Discovery

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Research Scientist- Autonomous Experimentation for Inorganic Thin Film Materials Discovery
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Location
CO - Golden
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Position Type
Regular
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Hours Per Week
40
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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 ten 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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Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.
Job Description
A research scientist position is available in the Materials Science Center, in the area of autonomous synthesis and characterization for design and discovery of inorganic thin film materials. This experimental position would support existing and develop new research projects that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning methods for early-stage materials development, in collaboration with other scientists, engineers, and technicians at NREL.
Primary responsibilities of this position would include:
  • Design of new and upgrade of existing automated experimental instruments and software controls, to enable closed-loop autonomous experimentation, in collaboration with engineering team and research technicians.
  • Synthesis, characterization and analysis of inorganic thin films using autonomous experimentation methods for a broad range of applications relevant to energy and electronic materials, in collaboration with experimental and theoretical physicists and chemist.
  • Hands-on support and development of experimental materials research data infrastructure, including databases, algorithms, software, APIs, user interfaces, web-based applications, in collaboration with software engineers
In addition, writing research proposals in response to funding opportunities, and describing research results in journal publications and conference presentation, would be required.
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Basic Qualifications
Relevant PhD, or relevant Master's Degree plus 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.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
Strong candidates are asked to demonstrate the following qualifications
  • past work on autonomous experimentation hardware and software
  • hands-on experience with vacuum chambers and other laboratory equipment
  • strong background in materials chemistry, semiconductor physics
  • demonstrated scientific leadership through publication and presentation record
  • self-motivation, multi-tasking, and team-work abilities
Preferred Qualifications
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 ten 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.
Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and
see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.
Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.
A successful candidate would have a track record in the following areas:
  • automated high-throughput combinatorial research methods
  • synthesis via physical vapor deposition methods such as sputtering or MBE
  • discovery and design of inorganic thin film materials such as nitrides and oxides
  • design and implementation of software for data analysis and instrument control
  • ability and interest in attracting research funding
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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: Researcher III / Annual Salary Range: $79,600 - $143,300
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, 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.
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