NREL Intern (year-round) Bioenergy Analytical Researcher in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Intern (year-round) Bioenergy Analytical Researcher



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) seeks a graduate or undergraduate Student Intern for part-time experimental research assignments. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The candidate will assist with experimental studies in biomass thermal conversion, including configuring and operating advanced analytical equipment.

Students working in this area will conduct small-scale experiments involving biomass sample preparation, assisting in biomass fast pyrolysis experiments, product analysis using molecular beam mass spectrometry (MBMS) and advanced gas chromatography, and analysis of the collected data. In addition, students will have the opportunity to assist in the restoration (design and construction) of a high-temperature gas chromatograph (GC) and its associated sampling lines.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least sophomore year) 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:

Be sure to attach your current transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) on the "Submit Attachments" Page during the application process in order for your GPA and student status to be verified.


Preferred Qualifications

Inclination towards hands-on experimental work, attention to detail, mechanical aptitude, and special attention to following safety procedures.

Preferred candidate has experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry. An understanding of Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and data analysis tools will be considered a plus.


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