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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Technician I: General Molecular Biology Laboratory Support in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Technician I: General Molecular Biology Laboratory Support



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. 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.

The primary role for this position will be to support technical Research and Development (R&D) activities within the BioEnergy Science and Technology directorate by performing routine laboratory work including, but not limited to washing glassware, sterilization by autoclaving, coordinating equipment and facilities repair, ordering supplies, and other tasks as requested by research staff.

Successful candidates must be capable of:

  • Following procedures and directions by staff.

  • Taking primary responsibility for the operation and routine maintenance of experimental facilities and equipment.

  • Performing all work in accordance with NREL's high safety standards.

  • Moderate understanding of general job aspects, and some understanding of the detailed aspects of the job. Basic knowledge of research techniques and practices. Basic communication, team and interpersonal skills.


Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent related education/experience. Or, related Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope or equivalent related education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting.

  • Perform routine tasks on a daily basis with care and precision.

  • Ideal candidates should have basic knowledge of biology and/or chemistry and be able to formulate media and buffers by calculating molarity from the molecular weight of compounds.

  • Must be self-motivated, clean, very well-organized, and able to multi-task.

  • Good communication skills required.

  • Must have the ability to follow directions without oversight.

  • Should have experience taking inventory, ordering via internet or phone, and stocking lab supplies.

  • Attention to detail is critical, as this position supports many aspects of ongoing research projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience running an autoclave and industrial size dishwasher and dryer.

  • Prior experience with government regulation and Environmental Health and Safety procedures.


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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions. All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference. Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment. Any offer of employment is conditional on the ability to obtain work authorization and to be granted access to NREL by the Department of Energy (DOE). We understand that COVID-19 may have caused delays or closures at offices, consulates, and embassies. However, NREL cannot make exceptions to work authorization and access requirements, and exceptions to these requirements are not being made for COVID-19 related delays.

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