Graduate Internship - Polymer / Material Science (Year-Round)

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Golden, CO 80401, USA
  • Jun 24, 2020
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A graduate internship is available in the Building Energy Science Group of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. This position will support research and development conducted at NREL. The candidate will join team members on cutting-edge laboratory and projects to research, develop, and evaluate the encapsulated solid-liquid phase change materials performance. 

General Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate should have a strong background and understanding of phase change materials and polymer synthesis. The candidate will contribute to synthesis and characterization of encapsulated solid-liquid phase change materials. The researcher is expected to document work/results in reports and presentations. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform encapsulated solid-liquid phase change materials synthesis and characterization including but not limited to DSC, FTIR, TGA.
  • Assist in project management, including report writings, paper publications, and presentations in program review or conferences. 

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The researcher has the opportunity to involve in in-depth and multifaceted disciplines in chemical, mechanical, and material engineering. The candidate should demonstrate expertise in the area of polymer synthesis and phase change materials.

  • Familiar with polymeric phase change materials, i.e., PEG.
  • Coursework in organic chemistry, material science, and lab course.
  • Demonstrated research capability and creativity to solve challenging problems, as well as the ability to work well in a team..

Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree 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 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidate should have a strong aptitude to learn and explore the field needed for development, to be motivated and dedicated, and to deliver research results on time and on budget.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, documentation skills, oral and writing proficiency in English. 

Demonstrated experience in some or all of the following:

  • Polymerization
  • Phase change materials
  • Laboratory experiments and data acquisition systems

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.

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Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form, High School