National Renewable Energy Laboratory Researcher – Electronic Structure Modeling for Catalysis Science in Golden, Colorado
Researcher – Electronic Structure Modeling for Catalysis Science
CO - Golden
Limited Term (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The Complex Systems Simulation and Optimization (CSSO) group within NREL's Computational Science Center has an opening for a full-time researcher (term limited) in computational chemistry for water splitting catalysis. The researcher will apply quantum chemical and electronic structure methods to elucidate the role played by different facets and binding motifs in determining catalytic activity and to predict how incorporation of dopants may tune catalyst properties. The researcher will be expected to provide technical expertise in the design, implementation, and execution of research into the interplay between surface science and molecular properties in determining catalyst performance.
We are looking for a dynamic, motivated researcher with a strong technical background and an interest in the mission of NREL who can help advance the CSSO group’s strategic emphasis on use of high-performance computing and computational science in renewable energy research. The successful candidate will collaborate with NREL staff and researchers, other national labs, and universities on efforts to develop and electronic structure methods to real-world problems in renewable energy research.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct independent and collaborative research on problems of catalysis relevant to NREL’s hydrogen fuel cell and H2@Scale programs.
Author, present and assist in the preparation of journal papers, technical reports and conference proceedings on research topics.
Work with management and senior research staff to develop funding focused on applying computational chemistry methods to clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency research.
Mentor undergraduate and graduate interns on related research.
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 .
Additional Required Qualifications
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.
Familiarity with using electronic structure methods to predict surface adsorption energetics for low-temperature catalysis applications.
Familiarity with catalytic reaction pathways at high temperatures.
Experience with predicting catalytic properties of non-platinum group metal (PGM) catalysts based on adding thin PGM layers or doping elements into non-PGM materials.
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