Researcher – Long Duration Energy Storage

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO
United States
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Job Description
**Posting Title**

Researcher – Long Duration Energy Storage

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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**

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**Job Description**



The candidate will contribute to develop energy storage methods including thermal energy storage (TES) and hydrogen technologies integrating with renewable energy sources such as concentrating solar power (CSP) or other renewables (PV and Wind). Responsibilities under this position include leading research work on modeling, testing, reporting, publications, leading research and development (R&D), outreaching partners, and pursuing research funding support. Work includes:



+ Research focus on energy storage technologies in the areas of solar energy, thermal energy storage, and hydrogen systems. The candidate should indicate demonstrated interest in energy storage and have strong modeling and experimental experiences on thermal systems and components.

+ Contributes to develop new concepts, techniques, and technology scaleup. and subject matter expert of thermal energy storage and renewable hydrogen technologies.

+ Duties generally include collecting, evaluating, and conducting complex engineering analyses, preparing reports, disclosures, presentations, and pursuing funding supports related to a specific field or function. Lead functional teams or projects.

+ Plans, designs, and implements advanced concepts; helps establish strategic direction for assignments and projects. Responsible for developing, implementing, and managing Center/Office policies.

+ Provide leadership in achieving goals for large, complex programs, systems, or projects.

+ Develop research areas, team building, customer relationship, establish strategic direction, and make decisions regarding technology approaches and processes.



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**Basic Qualifications**

Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering 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 writing, interpersonal and communication skills.



*** Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.**



**Additional Required Qualifications**



Knowledge or classwork related to energy systems with design and computational model analysis using engineering software will be necessary. Demonstrated research capability and initiation in the following areas are helpful:



+ Strong background on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and ability to use various computer software programs for engineering analysis, modeling, and testing in laboratory or pilot scales (ANSYS, COMSOL, Python, Modelica, SolidWorks, and/or LabView, etc.)

+ Research skills, specialties including education and work experiences, creativity, problem solving in clean energy technology research and development including list of publications, funding applications, focused research areas and specialties.

+ Comprehensive and advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures, and practices on thermal system development, renewable energy analysis, and/or hydrogen production, storage, distributions.



The candidate will work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team, should possess excellent engineering analytical and experimental skills, and have strong interpersonal and communication abilities and independent-working attitude towards achieving research goals.



+ Knowledge and/or R&D experiences on solar particle receivers, particle based thermal energy storage, solar thermochemical processes and systems, and/or hydrogen production and storage are desirable.

+ Skills in analysis and laboratory- and/or pilot-scale development of thermal components/systems in supporting energy storage technology scale up.

+ Leadership, communication, creativity, motivation, independence and execution in developing solutions, leading projects, and working well in a research team.



**Preferred Qualifications**



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

Job Profile: Researcher III / Annual Salary Range: $77,600 - $139,700



Job Profile: Researcher III / Annual Salary Range: $77,600 - $139,700



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**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.



***** Based on eligibility rules



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