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Energy Storage/Battery Engineer

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 15/06/2014
Company Name NREL
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Energy Storage/Battery Engineer
Golden, CO
Temporary Employee - Full Time
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.
Perform experimental research and analysis on electrical energy storage devices at the Energy Storage Laboratory at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The objective of the task is to characterize and measure the thermal and electrical performance of batteries and ultracapacitors to be used in fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The individual will be a member of the Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center (THSC) staff in Golden, Colorado.
The position includes using and improving NREL’s energy storage testing and modeling capabilities while working with the battery and automobile industries on projects to improve the thermal performance of energy storage devices.

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30% Testing: The engineer will perform thermal and electrical testing of batteries and ultracapacitors at the energy-storage testing laboratory. The engineer will design, fabricate, install, modify, test, collect data, and perform analyses associated with laboratory apparatus and equipment. Bench top testing of air-cooled or liquid-cooled multi-string battery or ultracapacitor modules. Design of Experiments (DoE) techniques and measurement uncertainty analysis will be used regularly to obtain quality data. The engineer will assist in planning and executing experimental activities in a safe manner. The engineer must also be familiar with programming languages such as C and be able to program in Bitrode’s Visual LCN software and have familiarity with AeroVironment’s Remote Operating Systems software.

15% Instrumentation: Design and fabricate instrumentation as required, specify and purchase necessary equipment, install instrumentation, maintain sensor calibration schedules, check sensor accuracy, troubleshoot instrumentation and data collection problems. The engineer should be familiar with temperature measurements (thermocouple, RTD, etc..) while having a good working knowledge of voltage and current measurements.

30% Data Analysis: The engineer will analyze the collected data in a manner consistent with USABC and USDrive test procedures. This includes expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

20% Fabrication: The engineer will design equipment based on input from the Energy Storage team members. He will be required to build parts and assemble them into final products. The engineer needs to have a working knowledge of power tools, hand tools, and general shop tools. Mill and lathe experience are required.

5% Presentations and Reporting: The engineer will support the project by participating in meetings, making/delivering presentations and writing reports and developing plans.
Relevant Master's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.
General knowledge and application of engineering technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques.

Training in team, task or project leadership responsibilities. Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques. Beginning experience in project management. Good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or other relevant technical discipline. Demonstrated experience with experimental methods and laboratory procedures. Proficient with data acquisition software (LabView) and Design of Experiments techniques. Excellent skills using Microsoft Excel. Demonstrated experience in computers and data acquisition collection systems. Visual LCN and ROS software skills are required. Mill and lathe experience are required. Demonstrated battery testing experience. Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
Experience with mathematical modeling, computer programming, and scientific computing. Experience with C programming and MATLAB. Experience working with battery or ultracapacitor companies, automotive OEM or 1st tier suppliers.
This is a temporary position. Subsequent extensions may be available based upon the needs of the Lab. Temporary employees at NREL, with an initial assignment of 12 months or longer, are eligible for the following benefits during employment: Paid Time Off, Extended Sick Leave, Short-term Disability, Medical/Dental Insurance, 403(b) Savings Plan matching and Pension benefits based upon all other eligibility rules. Positions with initial assignments of 12 months or longer may be eligible for relocation benefits.
NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.

NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, please see www.nrel.gov/employment/eeo.html.
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