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Research Technician: Electronics (Level V)

Company: Nrel
Location: Boulder
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Posting Title

Research Technician: Electronics (Level V)



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 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.

This position will be on-site at NREL's Flatirons Campus located near Boulder, CO. (see which is the home of:

  • Integrated Energy Systems @ Scale (IESS) that supports research experiments on advanced electrical grid power devices and systems (see

  • DOE's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC)

  • Waterpower systems research (marine energy and hydropower)

  • Composite Manufacturing Education & Technology (CoMET) research facility.

The ideal candidate will design, procure, configure, assemble, build, document, operate, inspect, maintain, and calibrate equipment and systems needed to execute successful research experiments and produce required research results in the above listed technology areas. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring safe operations by exemplifying NREL's culture of safety in all work activities

  • Fabrication of low voltage electrical data acquisition systems, control and monitoring systems, communications systems, and networking

  • Deployment of measurement systems at local and off-site locations, indoors and outdoors

  • Knowledge, programming, and installation of instrumentation including accelerometers, strain gages, meteorological sensors, power monitoring devices, and various other sensor types

  • Maintaining test equipment and instrument calibrations

  • Interpretation of mechanical and electrical drawings, ability to follow and execute detailed technical processes and procedures

  • Documentation and database upkeep

  • Customer-service-oriented skills and technical background necessary to interface with other engineers, project managers, and scientific Principal Investigators.

For the Research Technician V position:

The Research Technician V possesses an advanced level of knowledge and contributions have a significant impact on project goals.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Researcher Technician V:

  • Applies advanced principles and concepts

  • Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts

  • Assignments wide in scope requiring a broad background of experience and capability in all areas

  • Focused assignments are portions of the total design or project and require more technical depth

  • Determines courses of action necessary to obtain desired results

  • Works under consultative direction; assignments are often self-initiated

  • Act as lead and review activities of other employeees


Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma (or equivalent) and 12 or more years of relevant experience, or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Associate's Degree or certification program of comparable scope and 10 or more years of experience, or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Proficient in MS Office, 2D drawings, graphics, and photo management in support of documenting custom-built research apparatus, equipment, and processes

  • Skills in research techniques and practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and certifications in fall protection, working at height (e.g. on wind turbines, meteorological towers), electrical safety, electrician, digital networking, real-time communication protocol

  • Experience in safe operation and utilization of machine shop tools and heavy equipment such as aerial lifts and forklifts.

  • Experience working with computer systems, software tools, and programming languages associated with instrumentation, sensors, data acquisition & processing, and quality control

  • Technical understanding of electrical power systems associated with MW-scale wind turbines, solar PV arrays, hybrid systems, grid simulators, battery systems, power converters, electrical grid power infrastructure and equipment, black start devices, isolated research grids, generators, motors, power conversion systems, etc.

  • Licensed Electrician


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $68,000 - $112,200

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate's education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

  • Based on eligibility rules

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


EEO Policy

NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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