Job Description
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the world’s leading research and development laboratory for renewable energy technologies, is seeking to hire a graduate student intern to participate in a project to develop long duration energy storage technology. The project is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). The candidate will work with other engineers and scientists in the Thermal Systems R&D Group, within the Buildings & Thermal Systems Center. Working towards graduate degree in mechanical, chemical, physics, material science, or electrical engineering is desirable.

The candidate will participate in develop thermal energy storage using solid particles for grid-scale renewable energy integration. Responsibilities under this position includes supporting the component designs, performing component and system modeling, conducting experiment and data analysis to verify the models and designs. Modeling and design skills using engineering software are desirable for the component designs and system analysis. Hands-on experimental experience is helpful for supporting the experimental works. Work includes:

1. Support component design and analysis for a particle-based thermal energy storage system. (use of SolidWorks for design, ANSYS and MatLab for analyses).

2. Participate in energy storage model development and perform techno-economic analysis of the energy storage system (using Modelica, Python, or Excel).

3. Assist experiments on granular flow and heat transfer processes, testing instrumentation assembly, and experimental data analysis (use of LabView and Excel for analyses and).

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 Required Qualifications
-Near completion of a PhD in Mechanical Engineering;

-Completed Bachelor of Science focused in Mechanical Engineering;

-Fluency in Python, Solidworks, and MatLab;

-Strong experience with all of the following: thermal analysis, conductive heat transfer, alternative energy systems;

-Excellent technical writing;

-Ability to work on-site for duration of internship.