Company: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Salary: $47,800 - $76,500 a year
Location: Golden, CO
Job Description: Posting Title Battery Research Technician II/III . Location CO - Golden . Position Type Limited Term (Fixed Term) . Hours Per Week 40 . 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 ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes. NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves. Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet. Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role. Job Description The Materials, Chemistry and Computer Science (MCCS) Directorate at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has an opening for a Research Technician. This position will focus on supporting applied research in battery development. The technician will work within a larger group effort focused on fabricating and understanding the performance of next-generation battery technologies for portable power and electric vehicles applications. The technician will perform a variety of specific duties to support the development of batteries, which could include: Operating tools to synthesize and characterize active materials for use in battery electrodes (e.g., silane- and/or organometallic-based semiconductor plasma growth systems, furnaces for synthesizing carbon-based materials, wet chemical processing equipment). Providing technical support to fabricate battery electrodes via slurry mixing and processing; slurry casting, drying, and processing into electrodes (e.g., use of gloveboxes, use of Schlenk lines, use of a blade coater, use of a ball mill, use of vacuum furnace). Fabricating coin cell and/or single-layer pouch cell batteries and conducting their electrochemical characterization. Helping keep the lab running smoothly and efficiently (e.g., by performing weekly chemical inspections and waste management; ordering and restocking of commonly used consumables (e.g., gloves, chemicals and battery components); conducting equipment maintenance tasks such as coordinating balance or pump repairs, performing inert-atmosphere glove box catalyst regeneration, solvent trap and catalyst bed media replacement, etc.). The technician will maintain an operational knowledge of the battery labs, understand associated hazards and safety controls, and keep a safe and clean work environment. The ability to work with general to minimal supervision while maintaining consistent high-quality standards and adhering to rigorous safety procedures is required. In this role the technician will be expected to: Apply understanding of processes and procedures to formulate and implement improvements in workflow. Perform work reproducibly with high degree of quality and reliability. Apply good written and oral communication skills and accurately maintain detailed written records, including inputting data into computer databases. Coordinating work with other researchers. Participate in project meetings including presenting progress reports, issues, and plans. Given the applied nature of this work and intellectual property considerations, the technician will be expected to rigorously follow NREL’s policies and procedures on securing data and information. . Basic Qualifications For Level III High School Diploma or equivalent and 7 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Full knowledge of specialized focused support functions. Complete acquaintance with and understanding of the general and detailed aspects of the supported activities, and their practical applications to problems and situations ordinarily encountered. Proficient in research techniques and practices. Solid communication, interpersonal, project management and customer relations skills. For Level II High School Diploma or equivalent and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Intermediate to advanced skills in research techniques and practices. Good written, verbal, team, interpersonal and communication skills. Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date. Additional Required Qualifications Candidates must have the ability to work under NREL’s Access Management Plan for Energy Storage Work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Candidates must be able to pass medical surveillance requirements (pulmonary function) suitable for occasional respirator work. Preferred Qualifications For level II Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, physics, or related field. Prior experience in chemistry, electrochemistry, air-free chemical equipment (glove box, Schlenk line) operation and/or maintenance, or semiconductor growth using vacuum-based systems. For Level III Master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, physics, or related field. Extensive experience in chemistry, electrochemistry, air-free chemical equipment (glove box, Schlenk line) operation and/or maintenance, or semiconductor growth using vacuum-based systems. . Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week) Job Profile: Research Technician III / Annual Salary Range: $54,000 - $89,100 Job Profile: Research Technician II / Annual Salary Range: $47,800 - $76,500 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*- 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 Drug Free Workplace NREL is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in accordance with the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. 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Job Type: Full-time