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NREL Postdoctoral Researcher – Separations Engineering in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher – Separations Engineering



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

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 within the bio-separations group. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal up to three years.

Successful candidates will have expertise and experience in designing, operating, and scaling novel separations processes. This position will focus on the design of innovative, cost-effective separations processes and specifically targeting chromatographic separations processes such as preparative liquid – liquid chromatography. The successful candidate will be able to:

  • work safely and independently in a laboratory setting

  • advise other researchers in the planning and execution of experimental work

  • communicate scientific results effectively, both written and oral

  • author peer-reviewed publications, and

  • work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and biologists.


Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, or a closely related field with an emphasis on separations processes and engineering

  • Familiarity with preparatory-scale chromatography (simulated moving bed), fermentation, counter current chromatography

  • The desire to learn and develop new methods in preparative separations is highly desired


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