Photovoltaic Materials Characterization Scientist/Engineer; Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7071866 (Ref.No. 673876)
Posted: November 4, 2020

Job Description

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : We are seeking a Postdoc to conduct R&D on materials performance, reliability, and degradation of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems. The successful candidate will identify and develop field and laboratory measurement techniques to characterize PV components such as coatings, glasses, encapsulants, metals, and back-sheets. Sandia’s PV facility includes over 50 separate R&D systems totaling approximately 1000 PV modules located onsite in New Mexico and at four other national facilities. Each system includes different materials, architectures, and performance characteristics. New R&D and COTS systems are added regularly. A defining feature of Sandia and our PV R&D is our focus on technical excellence. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Work with Sandia and DuraMAT Consortium PV electrical and mechanical engineers who build systems, develop performance models, and publish results at conferences, in scientific journals, and in government and industry reports. + Field analytical tools (hand-held) and test protocols will be used and developed to test PV modules and systems, assess materials, and correlate materials properties to performance and degradation.

Required:
+ PhD in Materials Science, Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Physics, or other physical sciences and applied engineering fields + Experience in materials or materials characterization (i.e., spectroscopy) + Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance _In this position, there will be some travel required as well as work in outdoor harsh environments._

Desired:
+ Proven written and oral, project planning, and safe-work skills + Proven ability to work in a team environment + Experience in analytical characterization tool development and test protocols + Experience in field measurements + Experience in photovoltaic solar energy technologies + Ability to supervise students

Department Description:

The Photovoltaics & Materials Tech Department, part of Sandia's Renewable Energy Technologies Group, conducts research and development and applies real world solutions to increase the viability of sustainable and clean energy systems. Research focuses on solar energy photovoltaics (PV), materials chemistry, and device integration for energy generation, energy efficiency, and carbon management. We apply PV and materials research to the following areas: PV cell technologies including Si, CdTe and CIGS thin films, and emerging technologies (i.e., perovskites), advanced PV module designs (i.e., bifacial, split cells conformable), concentrating solar power, hydrogen production, and batteries for grid and device storage. We work in partnership throughout Sandia and with industry, academia, and other national labs in research for the Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office: Solar Energy Technology Office, Office of Electricity, the Department of Defense; and Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development program.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.



 

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