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Hiring Process

We're always on the lookout for talented individuals who believe in our mission and support our values to join our team. From scientists and researchers, to engineers and technicians, analysts and software developers, to administrative professionals and project managers, we've probably got a position just for you.

Application Submissions

How do I apply for a job at NREL?

Search jobs, create a profile, and submit your application through our online recruitment tool. If you are interested in applying for more than one open position, submit separate applications for each position.

Can I call about a specific job posting?

We receive a high volume of calls, so one-on-one conversations are usually not possible. We encourage you to view our calendar of recruiting events to find a time when someone from NREL is dedicated to fielding questions. If there isn't an upcoming event in your area, feel free to connect with one of our recruiters on LinkedIn, or speak with NREL representatives at upcoming conferences.

Can I apply for multiple positions?

Yes, we encourage you to apply for any and all positions you are qualified for and interested in. Remember, you must meet the basic qualifications and submit separate applications through our online recruitment tool for each position.

What are the software requirements for applying for a job?

NREL's online recruitment tool supports multiple Internet browsers. However, if you experience technical issues while applying for a position, please try using a different browser to submit your application. The tool prefers Chrome and Firefox.

Can I make changes after I submit my application?

Our system does not allow applicants to make changes to their submission, including uploaded files, without re-applying for a position.

How many documents can I upload as part of my application?

The “Select Files” section of the online recruitment tool only allows applicants to choose one file to upload initially. Users can upload a single file containing multiple documents, such as a cover letter and resume, using this feature. To add multiple files, proceed to the next screen to upload additional documents.

Application Status and Interviews

Will I hear any follow up on my application?

We receive a large volume of resumes for each position, and the review process does take time. If your application is selected after the initial screening, we will contact you for a phone interview. The best way to check your application status is to create a profile when you apply. You can then log in at any time to view the status of your application.

How long does the hiring process take?

NREL follows a very consistent and thorough hiring process. Although every position is different, typically it takes about one to two months to fill a position.

What should I expect in the interview process?

After resumes are reviewed, selected candidates move to the phone screening/interview process with a recruiter or hiring manager. This screening process confirms that applicants meet the basic job qualifications. After the phone screening, you may be invited to an official interview for the open position. Candidates can expect either an on-site or video interview that will include a one-on-one interview, a panel interview, and/or a candidate presentation.

Employment Requirements and Status

Does NREL have pre-employment requirements?

Yes. See Employment Policies.

What are the citizenship requirements for employment at NREL?

There are currently no citizenship requirements for employment at NREL. For additional information on working at NREL as a foreign national, see Visas and Immigration.

Are NREL employees considered federal employees?

No, we are government contractors. NREL’s current contract is managed by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC

Benefits and Compensation

What benefits are available to NREL employees?

See Benefits.

Does NREL provide relocation assistance?

Depending on the position, relocation assistance may be available.

Temporary Positions

What is a limited-term position?

A limited-term position is a short-term position that may be extended based upon the needs of the lab. Limited-term employees, with an initial assignment of 12 months or longer, are eligible for:

  • Medical/Dental Insurance
  • Vision Coverage
  • Personal Time Off
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Extended Sick Leave
  • Short-term Disability
  • 403(b) Employee Savings Plan Matching
  • Pension Benefits (based on all other eligibility rules).

Positions with initial assignments of 12 months or longer may also be eligible for relocation benefits.

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