NREL Senior Scientist – Electrons to Molecules in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Senior Scientist – Electrons to Molecules



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

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. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals. A position is open in the Materials and Chemical Science and Technology directorate for an accomplished mid-career scientist in the area of electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide.

In this position, the candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of laboratory researchers, academic partners, and industrial organizations. The focus of the role will be on improving existing CO2 to fuels electrocatalytic processes and investigating new approaches that offer enhanced product selectivity, higher efficiency, and greater throughput.The candidate will work closely with laboratory leadership and with stakeholders, such as the Department of Energy, to strategically position the laboratory in the area of using clean electrons and waste CO2 to produce fuels and chemicals. The candidate should have a firm foundation in electrochemistry, an understanding of heterogeneous CO2 reduction reaction mechanisms, and experience with reactor engineering.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD and 9 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 12 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 14 or more years of experience . Applies advanced scientific technical principles, theories and concepts. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Considered a national subject matter expert. Demonstrates leadership in a number of areas, including all team, task and/or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated management of complex and/or impactful projects. Excellent technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science.

  • Experience in bipolar membranes and expertise in conversion of electrons to molecules under industrially relevant conditions.

  • Existing collaborations with high-level contacts within the energy industry and should be nationally and internationally recognized for their accomplishments in this area. If the applicant is from an academic sector, he or she should have a proven track record of academic accomplishment and advancement.

  • A proven record of winning external funding, preferably with industrial partnerships, and publications in the field of CO2 reduction are required.The successful candidate will have

  • 50 peer-reviewed publications, with >2,000 citations and an h -index of over 20.

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, as well as oral and written, communication skills.

  • Show exceptional leadership, problem solving, and project management abilities.


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