Postdoctoral Researchers in Molecular Catalysis, Electrochemistry and Photochemistry

Job Description

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researchers in Molecular Catalysis, Electrochemistry and Photochemistry



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



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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 eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

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Job Description

Multiple postdoctoral researcher positions are available in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center in support of programs focused on molecular catalysis, electrochemistry and photochemistry.

For one or more positions, postdoctoral researchers will develop, test, and refine hypotheses using new molecular chemistries to (a) probe catalysts and their mechanisms involved in hydrogenic transformations; (b) stabilize high redox potential solution-phase ions and electrode interfacial chemistry; and (c) understand how the coupling of light can be used to drive photochemical redox processes not possible with electrochemical energy alone.  Key experience and knowledge for candidates includes expertise in the techniques and methodologies of at least one of the following: inorganic chemistry; a foundation in electrochemical principles, methods and techniques; and photochemistry with a focus on spectroscopic characterization of photocatalytic transformations. 

For all positions, efforts will support larger multi-investigator and multi-institution projects.  As work is synergistic with larger team efforts, qualified candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for collaboration and teaming as well as interpreting and assessing the experimental results of their own work and that of others.  A track record of success from prior research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and presentations is a key requirement.  Excellent interpersonal, as well as oral and written communication skills are essential for success at NREL.  Finally, inclusion and diversity are core values, and employees will be expected to support a work environment that maximizes the unique talents and innovative ideas of every worker.


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

Preferred Qualifications

Additional relevant skills of interest include experience in molecular synthesis and characterization of transition metal coordination compounds; the synthesis and characterization of homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysts for hydrogenic transformations; synthesis and surface chemistry manipulation of macromolecular and nanoparticulate systems; electrochemical and/or spectroscopic analysis of charge transfer processes and correlation to interfacial chemistry; or steady-state and time-resolved characterization.


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $71,300 - $117,600

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-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

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.


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