NREL Postdoctoral Program

The NREL Postdoctoral Program embeds recent Ph.D. graduates with NREL mentors in the lab to conduct advanced research, publish their results, and provide a pathway to careers in scientific innovation.

Program Assignments

Our postdoctoral researcher appointments are a maximum of 3 years. The assignments are reviewed and extended each year based on program needs, funding availability and performance. During this time, postdoctoral researchers work under the supervision of a senior scholar or a department mentor with access to world-class laboratory equipment.

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Postdoctoral opportunities are available in a variety of technology areas and disciplines. Learn more about what it's like to be a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials. Chemical and Computational Science Directorate.

Program and Application Requirements

Check NREL's jobs portal for frequently posted postdoctoral positions. Interested postdocs can also submit applications year-round for future placement or search and apply for openings through NREL's jobs portal. Please submit:

  • Proof of a doctoral degree earned within the past 3 years
  • A cover letter stating areas of interest
  • A current curriculum vitae with a list of publications.

See Visas and Immigration for guidance for foreign or international applicants.

Benefits of Working at NREL

Postdoctoral program participants receive competitive NREL benefits. See more reasons to love working at NREL.


Email NREL Workforce Development with questions or requests.