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NREL Research Technician II-Operate in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Research Technician II-Operate



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The Advanced Analytical Development team at NREL develops novel analytical methodology and applies to algae and photosynthetic organisms, as well as supports a sample pipeline for compositional analysis to research and development groups within the National Bioenergy Center and outside collaborators. The successful candidate will work as part of a team performing chemical analyses on a wide variety of mostly algae-derived samples, keep accurate and detailed laboratory records, maintain and operate analytical instruments, and report results back to researchers.

Specific duties will include the extensive preparation of samples for instrumental analysis, analysis using a variety of chromatographic techniques including GC, GC-MS, LC, LC-MS, IC, TOC/TN of environmental, biomass and production samples. The position will also require the development and validation of new analytical methods in collaboration with researchers and colleagues. Duties also include adherence to NREL’s high technical, environmental, and health and safety standards.

The successful candidate will show a strong aptitude for instrumental analysis applied to algae-based materials, including an understanding of fundamental concepts in biomass and analytical chemistry, and demonstrate significant attention to detail. They will also demonstrate clear record keeping skills with special attention to data traceability and superior oral and written communication skills.

Substantial acquaintance with and understanding of general aspects of the job with a broad understanding of the detailed aspects of the job. Intermediate to advanced skills in research techniques and practices. Good written, verbal, team, interpersonal and communication skills.


Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Qualifications

The technician will follow the direction of senior staff in performing detailed chemical procedures, keeping accurate and detailed laboratory records, maintaining and operating analytical instruments, and reporting data. Specific duties include the preparation of samples for analysis using bench chemistry, including, but not limited to: acid hydrolysis, dilutions, preparation of solutions, neutralizations and filtrations. Sample preparation will also include the use of instrumentation associated with drying, weighing, centrifugation and washing. Sample analysis will include the use of high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy, near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, GC/MS (Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry), and LC/MS (Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry), and will require routine maintenance and troubleshooting of laboratory instruments. The candidate will report to staff regarding work progress and results. The successful candidate will show a strong aptitude for analytical chemistry applied to biomass materials, including an understanding of fundamental concepts, and demonstrate significant attention to detail and organization. The candidate will also demonstrate clear recordkeeping skills with special attention to data traceability, unexpected observations, and errors in procedures.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates will have demonstrated experience working as an analytical chemist supporting multi-disciplinary research teams and operating, maintaining, and trouble-shooting laboratory analytical equipment such as LC, GC, IC, TOC/TN instruments.


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