Postdoctoral Researchers Available for Hiring and Job Recruitment

Hiring or recruiting highly trained scientists or researchers? To find matches to fill your positions, search and browse NREL's list of current postdoctoral researchers and their expertise.

NREL's postdoctoral opportunities are very competitive, attracting applicants from around the world for a limited number of positions at the only national lab dedicated to advancing clean energy.

Postdoctoral Researchers
Name Research Area Research Experience Doctorate Metadata Biology Chemistry Computational sciences Engineering Materials science Physics
Saenz, Theresa Materials Science Epitaxy, III-V solar cells, semiconductor processing, metalorganic vapour-phase epitaxy , laser ablation, and metallization Materials Science ECCI, X-ray diffraction, cleanroom, electrodeposition, reactive ion etching, photolithography, SEM, MOVPE Materials science
Quadir, Shaham Materials Science Photovoltaic absorber and device fabrication, thin-film growth, spectroscopy, and catalysis Physics Photoluminescence, SEM, XRD, XAS, defect analysis, Neutron scattering, CVD, PVD Materials science Physics
Mahatara, Sharad Materials Science Perovskite oxides interfaces, two-dimensional electron gas, and topological materials Physics Self consistently calculated Hubbard-U, Density Functional theory, thermoelectric materials, interfaces, surfaces, 2DEGs Materials science Physics
Lott, Hongling Materials Science Semiconductor materials, epitaxial growth, photovoltaics, thin film, quantum dots, and nanowires Materials Science and Engineering Energy, Solar cells, Materials Science, Material Synthesis, Nanomaterials, Thin Film Growth, Ultra High Vacuum system, Engineering Education, PV Engineering Materials science
Liu, Tuo Materials Science Photoelectron spectroscopy, surface chemistry, surface analysis, interfacial energetics, and photovoltaics Chemistry X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, inverse photoemission spectroscopy, auger electron spectroscopy, electron backscatter diffraction, CdTe solar cells, perovskite solar cells, electronic structures, interfacial energetics, PV Chemistry Materials science
Kluherz, Kyle Chemistry Semiconductor nanomaterials, structure of dopants, X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray absorption fine structure Chemistry TEM, XRD, pair distribution function, XAFS, Jupyter, Python, GSAS-II, Demeter, Athena, Artemis, nanomaterials synthesis, crystal structure, nanocrystal structure, chiral nanomaterials, optical characterization Chemistry
Hassan, Noor Ul Chemistry Polymer electrolyte fuel cells and water electrolyzer, electrode engineering and optimization, and porous transport layers structural design Chemical Engineering Electrochemical performance evaluation, Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, SEM/STEM, XRD / XRF, fuel cell / electrolyzer degradation Chemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering
Hasan, Syed Mohammad Najib Materials Science Semiconductor materials, epitaxial growth, thin film, optoelectronics, quantum dots, and nanowires Electrical and Computer Engineering Epitaxy, MBE, thin film, Selective-area epitaxy, SEM, E-beam lithography, Device Processing, PECVD, LPCVD, ALD, Wet chemistry, Metallization, Reactive Ion Etching, AFM, XRD, TEM Photoluminescence Spectroscopy, Electroluminescence Spectroscopy, Material characterization, ellipsometry, materials growth, germanium, defects analysis, imaging, x-ray diffraction, nanomaterials Engineering, Electrical engineering Materials science
Dugu, Sita Materials Science Thin-film growth, multiferroics, resistive random-access memory, magnetometry, and diffractometry Material Science Ferroelectric, ALD, PLD, ellipsometry, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, AFM, PFM, Plasma etching, RRAM Materials science
da Costa, Edgard Winter Materials Science III-V solar cells epitaxy, semiconductors, photovoltaics, thin films, and scanning electron microscopy image analysis Electrical Engineering HVPE, MOVPE, ECCI, AFM, SEM, XRD, photoluminescence, chatodoluminescence, spectroscopy, ellipsometry, materials growth, germanium, defects analysis, imaging, x-ray diffraction, nanomaterials, high efficiency, PV Engineering, Electrical engineering Materials science
Thodika, Mushir Materials Science Computational materials science, electronic resonances, computational photochemistry, quantum dynamics, and electronic structure method development Chemistry GW theory, magnetic proximity effects Chemistry Materials science
Smeaton, Michelle Materials Science Electron microscopy, in situ characterization, electron energy loss spectroscopy, oxide perovskites, and neuromorphic materials Materials Science and Engineering scanning transmission electron microscopy Engineering Materials science
Palmiotti Elizabeth Materials Science Physical vapor deposition, thin-film photovoltaics, materials characterization, and module reliability Materials Science CIGS, perovskites, device characterization, microscopy, spectroscopy, encapsulants, backsheets, PV Materials science
Nguyen, Minh Duong Materials Science Perovskite solar cells, space applications, nanocrystals, patterning, and synthesis Material Chemistry solar cell devices, space applications Chemistry, Materials chemistry Materials science
Hight-Huf Nicholas Materials Science Time-resolved spectroscopy, Kelvin probe force microscopy, 2D materials, polymers, and interfaces Chemistry optoelectronic characterization, nanomaterials, mentorship Chemistry Materials science
Griffin, Kevin Computational Sciences Computational fluid dynamics, turbulence, optimization, and machine learning Mechanical Engineering C++, Python, uncertainty quantification, modeling, simulation, multifidelity, CFD Computational sciences Engineering, Mechanical engineering
Deak, Nicholas Computational Sciences Computational fluid dynamics, low-temperature plasmas, granular flows, high-performance computing, and numerical methods Aerospace Engineering Reactive chemistry, mechanism reduction, GPU acceleration, C++, CFD, HPC Computational sciences Engineering
Davis, Melissa Materials Science Mechanical modeling of perovskite films, in-situ scanning electron microscope imaging, perovskite solar cells, and synthesis Industrial Engineering STEM outreach, mentorship, space applications, SEM Engineering, Industrial engineering Materials science
Dang, Wanjun Materials Science Optomechanical thermal system design and integration, experimental multiphase flow and heat transfer, high temperature/pressure system design, optical diagnostics, and image analysis Mechanical Engineering Inspirational mentoring, simplification, equity and inclusivity Engineering, Mechanical engineering Materials science
Cordell, Jacob Materials Science Technoeconomic analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, photovoltaics, optoelectronic properties, and density functional theory Materials Science thin film growth, nanomaterials, LEDs, mentorship, cost models, tandems, data visualization, latex, python, TEA, PV, DFT Materials science
Cline, Peyton Materials Science Density functional theory, Green's functions, computational materials science, nanomaterials, and theoretical modeling Chemical Physics GW theory, unconventional superconductivity, DFT Materials science Physics
Blair, Sarah Chemistry Non-aqueous lithium-mediated nitrogen reduction, electrochemical nitrate reduction, proton exchange membrane water electrolysis, and mentorship Chemical Engineering in-situ characterization, electrolysis, neutron reflectometry, synchrotron XRD, PEM Chemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering
Alherech, Manar Chemical Engineering Liquid-liquid chromatography, lignin conversion and characterization, and nuclear magnetic resonance Organic Chemistry NMR Chemistry, Organic chemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering
Aromolaran, Wale Bioengineering Biomass valorization to fuels and chemicals, and bioprocess development Environmental Engineering Engineering, Bioengineering, Environmental engineering
Athaley, Abhay Chemical Engineering Techno-economic analysis, process modeling, life cycle assessment, market analysis, bioenergy, and sustainability Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering TEA Engineering, Chemical engineering
Bell, Elizabeth Bioengineering Biotechnology, biocatalytic recycling, enzyme engineering, and plastic degradation and upcycling Directed Evolution of PET Degrading Enzymes Engineering, Bioengineering
Berninghaus, Ashley Bioengineering Anaerobic co-digestion, microbial community analysis, biochemical processes, waste-to-energy, and bioinformatics Environmental Engineering WTE Engineering, Bioengineering, Environmental engineering
Berquist, Zachary Materials Science Aerogels, concentrating solar thermal, lithium batteries, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and materials synthesis Chemical Engineering Engineering, Chemical engineering Materials science
Caglayan, Mustafa Chemical Engineering Heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering, and biomass valorization Chemical Engineering Engineering, Chemical engineering
Chen, Xiaolin Chemical Engineering Transportation fuels production, cohydroprocessing bio-oil, and upcycling commingled municipal solid waste Mechanical Engineering Engineering, Chemical engineering, Mechanical engineering
Chen, Yian Bioengineering Downstream separation for biofuels, membrane-based separation, liquid-liquid extraction, and volatile fatty acid purification using distillation Chemical Engineering VFA Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical engineering
Clarke, Ryan Chemistry Polymer sciences Materials Chemistry Chemistry, Materials chemistry
Curley, Julia Chemical Engineering Homogeneous catalysis, plastic chemical recycling, and sustainable aviation fuels Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry, Inorganic chemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering
Dell’Orco, Stefano Chemical Engineering – Director's Fellowship Non-thermal plasma, plasma catalysis, hydrogenation; sustainable aviation fuels, catalytic fast pyrolysis, heterogeneous catalysis, and techno-economic analysis Industrial Engineering CO2, TEA Engineering, Chemical engineering, Industrial engineering
Deshpande, Arnav Biochemistry Algal biofuels and biochemicals, metabolic engineering, metabolomics, flux analysis, and multiomic approaches Chemical Engineering Chemistry, Biochemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering
Dong, Yifan Materials Science Ultrafast spectroscopy, semiconductor photophysics, charge and energy transfer, charge transport, perovskite, and organic photovoltaics Physical Chemistry PV Chemistry, Physical chemistry Materials science
Doronina, Olga Computational Sciences Turbulent flows, computational fluid dynamics, machine learning, statistical methods, and bayesian analysis Mechanical Engineering Computational sciences Engineering, Mechanical engineering
Dutta, Nikita Materials Science – Director's Fellowship Electron microscopy, energy storage, batteries, photovoltaics, and in-situ characterization Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering science communication, energy justice, PV Engineering, Mechanical engineering Materials science
Egbo, Kingsley Materials Science Ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors, optoelectronic properties, magnetotransport, semiconductor devices, thin-film epitaxy, and materials discovery Physics Materials science Physics
Eichstaedt, Casey Chemistry Unconventional superconductivity, Wannier orbitals, ab initio theory, spectroscopy, electronic structure, and phonons Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Chemistry Physics
Epps, Robert Materials Science Automation, machine learning, data science, perovskites, and chemistry Chemical Engineering Engineering, Chemical engineering Materials science  
Febba, Davi Materials Science Sputtering, ternary nitrides, solar cells, instrumentation, and electrical characterization Electrical Engineering Engineering, Electrical engineering Materials science  
Fulk, Emm Bioengineering Metabolic engineering for production of fuels and chemicals, upgrading C1 compounds to metabolic products, and development of genetic tools for industrially relevant microorganisms Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology Biology Engineering, Bioengineering
Gado, Japheth Bioengineering Machine learning, enzyme discovery and engineering, protein design, plastics upcycling and recycling, and lignin and waste valorization Chemical Engineering Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical engineering
Garcia, Lizzette Moreno Bioengineering Bioprocess development and scaling, biorefinery systems from microalgae and bacteria, and bioprocess analysis, modeling, and optimization Bioresource Engineering Engineering, Bioengineering
Ghoshal, Debjit Materials Science 2D materials, optoelectronics, epitaxy, chemical vapor deposition, and thin films Chemical Engineering Engineering, Chemical engineering Materials science
Haque, Md Azimul Materials Science Halide perovskite, charge transport, optoelectronics, thermoelectrics, and materials discovery Materials Science and Engineering Engineering Materials science
Hill, Alex Chemistry Heterogeneous catalysis, renewable energy, carbon capture and conversion, transmission electron microscopy, material characterization, and reaction engineering
Chemical Engineering Chemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering
Jeong-Potter, Chae Chemical Engineering –Director's Fellowship Reactive carbon capture, carbon dioxide upgrading, renewable energy integration in carbon capture and carbon upgrading schemes, and alkali-based carbon capture Earth and Environmental Engineering   Engineering, Chemical engineering, Environmental engineering
Karas, Joseph Materials Science Photovoltaic device performance, characterization, and reliability Materials Science and Engineering Solar energy modeling, data analysis, PV   Engineering Materials science  
Kim, Jae Ho Chemistry Silicon consortium project, Li-ion batteries, lithium-silicon batteries, synthesis of functional nanomaterials, and characterization Materials Science and Engineering Chemistry Engineering Materials science  
Kim, Seul-Gi Chemistry Perovskite, interface engineering, stability, and hysteresis Chemical Engineering Chemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering  
Kreider, Melissa Chemical Engineering Electrocatalysis, materials characterization, materials synthesis, and anion exchange membrane water electrolysis Chemical Engineering   Engineering, Chemical engineering  
Leahy, Ian Materials Science Topological semimetals, electrical transport, thermoelectrics, spintronics, and materials characterization Physics   Materials science Physics
Lee, Minjung Chemistry Plastic upcycling, process engineering, and polymer characterization Polymer/Plastics Engineering     Chemistry Engineering
Liu, Chang Chemical Engineering Low-temperature electrolysis, electrochemistry, degradation diagnostics, and materials engineering Mechanical Engineering Engineering, Chemical engineering, Mechanical engineering
Lu, Yimin Bioengineering Granular mechanics and dynamics, constitutive modeling, waste-to-energy, bioenergy, energy geotechnics, and data-driven modeling Civil Engineering WTE Engineering, Bioengineering, Civil engineering
Lubert-Perquel, Daphné Materials Science – Director's Fellowship Quantum information science, spintronics, thin films, molecular compounds, and 2D materials Materials Science Materials science
Martinez, Marissa Materials Science Quantum dot synthesis, quantum dot thin films, ligand exchange, femtosecond spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy Materials Chemistry Chemistry, Materials chemistry Materials science
McGott, Deborah Materials Science Thin-film photovoltaics, cadmium telluride, surface passivation, physical vapor deposition techniques, and time-resolved photoluminescence Materials Science PV, CdTe Materials science
McGraw, Michael Chemistry Polymer synthesis and organic chemistry Chemistry Chemistry
Palacios, Alejandra Hermosilla Materials Science Ultrafast sepectroscopy, charge delocalization and transport, transition metal dichalcogenides, and single-walled carbon nanotubes Physical Chemistry Chemistry, Physical chemistry Materials science
Paul, Goutam Materials Science Scanning probe microscopy, device physics, and photovoltaics Physics PV Materials science Physics
Preimesberger, Juliane Chemistry Lithium batteries, materials characterization, mechanical energy harvesters, neutron diffraction Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Li-ion Chemistry Engineering, Mechanical engineering Materials science  
Puente-Urbina, Allen Chemical Engineering Biomass conversion, heterogeneous catalysis, thermochemical processing, and instrumental analysis Chemistry Chemistry Engineering, Chemical engineering
Rasmussen, Mathew Chemical Engineering Catalytic upgrading of renewable carbon; electrochemical carbon dioxide transformation; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; and advanced catalytic materials development Chemical Engineering CO2 Engineering, Chemical engineering
Rom, Chris Materials Science Solid-state batteries, solid-state synthesis, and X-ray diffraction Chemistry nitrides, semiconductors, XRD Chemistry Materials science
Rosetto, Gloria Chemistry Polymer chemistry, biomass valorization, and plastic recycling Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry, Inorganic chemistry
Schaefer, Stephen Materials Science Ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors, molecular beam rpitaxy, gallium oxide, ternary nitrides, materials discovery Electrical Engineering Engineering, Electrical engineering Materials science
Schichtl, Zebulon Materials Science Photoelectrochemistry, carbon dioxide reduction, electrocatalysis, water splitting, and alternative oxidation reactions Chemistry CO2 Chemistry Materials science
Selvidge, Jennifer Materials Science Photovoltaics, thermophotovoltaics, and epitaxial integration Materials PV Materials science
Swart, Reuben Bioengineering Biological carbon capture, bioprocessing and process optimization, process modeling, metabolic modeling, and metabolic flux analysis

Chemical Engineering Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical engineering
Tan, Jeiwan Materials Science Photoelectrochemistry, solar energy, water splitting, and carbon dioxide reduction Materials Science and Engineering CO2 Engineering Materials science
Tancin, Ryan Chemical Engineering Ultrafast spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, lithium-ion batteries, laser processing, and fluid dynamics Aeronautics and Astronautics Li-ion Engineering, Chemical engineering
Toporek, Yael Biology Molecular microbiology, microbial C1 carbon capture and conversion, genetic tool development for non-model microbes, and microbial anaerobic respiration Biology Biology
Uličná, Soňa Chemistry Photovoltaics, reliability, glass/glass modules, polymer characterization, and perovskites Electrical Engineering PV   Chemistry Engineering, Electrical engineering
Vansuch, Gregory Chemistry –Director's Fellowship Physical-(bio)inorganic chemistry, infrared spectroscopy, photochemistry, EPR spectroscopy, core/shell nanoparticles, electrochemistry, electrochemistry, proton transfer, and electron bifurcation Chemistry Chemistry
Wilder, Logan Chemistry Nanomaterials, electrochemistry, catalysis, microfluidics, and materials Chemistry Chemistry
Wiley, Seth Biochemistry Bioinorganic chemistry, anaerobic enzymology, infrared and visible spectroscopy, electron transfer and bifurcation, redox chemistry, transient absorbance, and electrochemistry Chemical Biology EPR Biology Chemistry, Biochemistry
Wilkes, Rebecca Bioengineering Synthetic biology tools for optimized production of value-added products, multi-omics analyses of bacterial metabolic pathways, and lignin and waste valorization Biological and Environmental Engineering Engineering, Bioengineering, Environmental engineering
Witteck, Robert Materials Science Solar cells, solar modules, photovoltaics, optoelectronic devices, and solid-state physics Physics PV Materials science Physics
Yazawa, Kei Materials Science Thin films, ferroelectrics/piezoelectrics, semiconductors, optoelectronics, and imaging devices Materials Engineering Engineering, Materials engineering Materials science