Undergraduate / Graduate Internship - Solar Optics Modeling (Summer)

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Golden, CO, USA
  • Feb 14, 2020
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the world’s leading research and development laboratory for renewable energy technologies, is seeking to hire a undergraduate/graduate intern in mechanical engineering or a closely related field of study. The candidate will work with other engineers and scientists in the Thermal Sciences Group within the Buildings & Thermal Sciences Center. The primary responsibility will be conducting research and development activities in support of the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program. See www.nrel.gov/csp . The candidate will join a team of engineers and scientists studying solar thermal power, geothermal power and thermal storage technologies. Work carried out will support research and development activities within the CSP Program that are conducted internally at NREL and externally by industry and university participants. The candidate will work under direct supervision on assigned activities. 

This position requires advanced knowledge in concentrating solar power collectors and their optical modeling/design. Basic work responsibilities will include ray-tracing simulation, solar optics analysis and computation algorithm optimization. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a linear Fresnel collector by working with an industrial partner in California. The successful candidate will have completed coursework or have demonstrated experience related to mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and/or efficient computing. Relevant experience can include solar thermal collector designs and renewable energy systems.

Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please Note:

  • You will need to upload official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.
  • If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Successful candidate will have a track record of academic performance.

  • Modeling experience with Matlab programing is required. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of solar collector optical error measurement/interpretation is beneficial..

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application..

EEO Policy

NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans. 

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Experience level of the applicant we want

Graduate, Undergraduate