Graduate Student Intern

internship - full time,

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO
Closed
Posted 86 Days ago
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO
internship - full time,
Posted 86 Days ago
Closed

Description

Posting Title Graduate Student Intern Greenhouse gas emissions from the life cycle of batteries . Location CO - Golden . Position Type Intern (Fixed Term) . Hours Per Week 40 . Job Description A graduate student internship position is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC; www.nrel.gov/analysis). NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. We have an opening for a full-time graduate student intern in our Golden, Colorado office in the summer of 2019. The intern will join a team of researchers in NRELs Strategic Energy Analysis Center (www.nrel.gov/analysis) who perform environmental sustainability assessments of energy technologies. The project this intern will support aims to quantify changes in greenhouse gas emissions associated with transformation of a specific utilitys generation assets. NREL has performed these analyses many times before (e.g., RE Futures study (https://www.nrel.gov/analysis/re-futures.html), Wind Vision (https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-vision)). Yet for this study, increased use of batteries is expected, which has not been included in prior work. The job of this intern will be to conduct a systematic literature review of published battery life cycle assessments, screen for quality and relevance to grid-scale application, and synthesize into representative emission factors for each life cycle phase (construction, operation and end-of-life). Depending on the depth of literature synthesized, novelty of findings and initiative of the intern, a publication on this work could result. Interns who perform exceptionally well (demonstrating significant research progress, initiative and analytical and writing success) could stay through the Fall semester to support the analysis phase of this study, where the battery emission factors and those for all generation technologies are applied to scenarios of transformation for this utility, including interactive effects of increased renewables on the performance of existing generators and resultant consequential life cycle effects. Work must be performed at NREL. . Basic Qualifications Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: You will need to upload unofficial transcripts and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process. . Additional Qualifications Desired Education, Experience and Skills: Must have completed undergraduate studies from a relevant, quantitative discipline (e.g., engineering, environmental science, or interdisciplinary degrees representing these fields) and working toward graduate degree in similar field. Relevant engineering disciplines include, but are not limited to, environmental/air quality, mechanical, and chemical. Demonstration of robust analytical skills is essential. Excellent oral and written communication as well as record keeping will be essential. A strong candidate will have proven abilities to develop informative papers and presentations and to manage work to meet deadlines. Preferred Qualifications Prefer candidates working toward their PhD, with consideration towards how the work of this project could contribute toward their dissertation. Experience with LCA methods, tools and databases will be very helpful; at least familiarity is important. Experience with the careful record keeping required in high-quality literature review is helpful. A strong applicant should have demonstrated knowledge of batteries, preferably lithium-ion. The applicant will ideally have a strong publication record compared to peers at similar levels of education and career experience. The applicant should desire to work independently within a team environment. . 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 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 employees Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, click here.

Skills

research, laboratory skills, microsoft excel, engineering, html, analysis, writing, organization, policy, databases, presentations, sustainability, environmental science, literature reviews, graduate students

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