Particle physics laboratory

Director of the I-Technical Center in Golden, CO for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


Job : 03-aug-22

Location: Dore, Colorado

Education required: PhD


Physics: computational

Physics: Mechanics and fluid dynamics

Physics: Materials


Government and National Laboratory

Work function:

Research and development

Further information:

The employer will contribute to the relocation costs.

Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s premier laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with colleagues driven by the same mission of saving the planet. By joining an organization that values ​​a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you will have the opportunity to engage in our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-led clubs, and professional learning and development courses. .

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that foster creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, catering to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our talent acquisition team aims to hear from all voice in the same way. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and where they can be authentic themselves.

Our planet needs us! Learn more about NREL’s critical goals, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.

Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select from opportunities if they do not meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to apply. We are looking for dedicated individuals who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this position.

job description

NREL is seeking a Center Director to provide leadership, technical direction, strategic direction, planning and overall management of the Materials Science Center ( within the Department of Materials, Chemistry and Computer Sciences (MCCS) ( The Materials Science Center Director reports directly to the MCCS Associate Laboratory Director and is a key member of the MCCS leadership team. The Materials Center Director must interface with the entire laboratory to provide fundamental and applied research and development (R&D) that contributes to the mission of NREL and DOE. 1) Develop, advance and manage the technical capabilities (people, equipment and facilities) of the Materials Science Center and ensure world-class R&D results in materials science and related fields. 2) Develop teams and programs that address important R&D challenges in renewable energy and energy efficiency by representing the Materials Science Center, MCCS Management, and NREL nationally and internationally for interactions with other national laboratories and universities. 3) Lead and manage R&D activities and communications with DOE, industry, academic institutions, and other national laboratory stakeholders and partners.

The Materials Science Center portfolio for basic and applied research on renewable energy and energy efficiency includes photovoltaics and solar energy conversion; solar fuels; production, storage and use of hydrogen; discovery, synthesis and development of materials; advanced characterization, spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging; theory and calculation; energy storage and reliability/durability.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to ensure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden CO, Boulder CO, Fairbanks AK and Washington DC, NREL is the leading laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. NREL’s mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to meet the nation’s energy and environmental goals. . NREL aspires to be a world-class leader in workforce diversity, equity and inclusion by creating and sustaining a culture of respect, caring and belonging.

Job duties:

  • Responsible for the general direction, management, technical direction and workforce development for over 100 professionals with expertise in interface and surface sciences, materials physics, characterization, microscopy and imaging, thin-film materials science and processing, reliability and durability, and photovoltaic (PV) field performance.
  • Create a supportive and collaborative work environment that encourages innovation, creativity, scientific excellence and entrepreneurship, enabling staff to reach their full potential. Develop and improve the Centre’s technical capabilities, including talent management and development.
  • Lead and guide the planning and execution of R&D, ensuring the delivery of quality products.
  • Participate as a member of the leadership team of the Materials, Chemistry and Computer Science Branch and the NREL leadership team to contribute to strategy development, new initiatives and integrated capability development and programs.
  • Engage with DOE to understand strategic directions and serve as a technical advisor on science and technology issues. Develop opportunities for collaboration that will advance DOE strategy.
  • Manage staff resources, including hiring (and planning for hiring), coaching, advising, motivating, and performance appraisal. Ensure staff understand expectations and comply with policies and procedures.
  • Support and participate in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) activities by seek understanding first through active listening, soliciting feedback, and valuing and integrating diverse perspectives into the work and team environment.
  • Comply with NREL’s employment opportunity, affirmative action, and anti-harassment programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Manage assigned facility resources, including all applicable environmental, safety and health (ES&H) programs, policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe work environment and efficient center operations . Ensure financial accountability by overseeing the planning and budgeting of the Center
  • Work with the Laboratory Program Manager of the Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO) and the Director of the National Photovoltaic Center on the PV strategy for NREL, as well as with other offices in the DOE, including the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), and Office of Science Basic Energy Sciences (BES).

Knowledge, skills and qualities required:

  • Thorough knowledge of the renewable energy industry, if applicable, as well as the regulations, principles, procedures and practices of the relevant discipline(s).
  • Solves a variety of multidimensional problems in the absence of guidelines or precedents.
  • Models and integrates NREL values. Keeps abreast of key issues affecting respective disciplines within the center/office industry. Builds effective teams; creates strong morale and spirit; shares victories and successes.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and lead staff with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

Basic qualifications

• Previous management experience in research and development required.
• PhD in science or engineering, or equivalent training and experience required.
• Experience required in program strategy, development and implementation.
• Demonstrated commitment to teamwork.
• Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated track record of technical achievement and expertise in materials science, energy science, and/or related fields, as evidenced by publications, patents, guest presentations, and other contributions.
  • In-depth knowledge of renewable energy science and technology. Record of increasingly complex assignments and applications, including management or technical leadership experience in an R&D environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and lead staff with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.
  • Significant technical expertise or practical knowledge in fundamental and applied research in materials science, applied physics and materials chemistry.
  • Knowledge of DOE and other government programs, especially Office of Science (OSC) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
  • Proven ability to train diverse teams (national labs, universities and industry) that can successfully compete for new CSO and EERE funding is highly valued. Successful program development record.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational and presentation skills, including conveying hard truths with empathy.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to safety and instilling a culture of safety.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in managing a complex R&D organization with cross-organizational and industry-focused partnerships.
  • Recognized publications and technical contributions and national reputation.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, empower and motivate senior technical staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage budgets and people.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and lead staff with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.
  • Fifteen years of increasingly complex assignments and applications, including management or technical leadership experience in an R&D environment.