Postdoctoral Researcher – Heterogeneous Catalyst Design @ National Renewable Energy Laboratory Colorado

Job / Research Summary:
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The National Bioenergy Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.

Job Duties:
Successful candidates will design, synthesize, and screen heterogeneous catalysts for conversion of biopolymers to monomers with applications to renewable fuels production. A theoretical program will
support this work with catalyst design in silico. The successful candidate will be able to conduct laboratory work independently and safely. The metrics for this position include catalyst design and synthesis, physical and chemical characterization of new catalysts, screening on model compounds and real substrates for catalyst activity, and authorship of peer‐reviewed publications.

Minimum Qualifications:
A recent Ph.D. (less than 3 years) in Chemistry or a closely related field. Experience with synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts. Demonstrated understanding of how mass transfer affects the kinetics and
mechanisms of chemical reactions through experimental, modeling, and theoretical work. The ability to communicate scientific results effectively, both written and oral, and the ability to work effectively in a large,
multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and biologists.

Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with physical and chemical characterization of heterogeneous catalysts, plant cell wall biopolymers, and biomass conversion.

To Apply: Visit the Jobs site at www.nrel.gov. Apply for the requisition number 1499BR.

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