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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Metrology Professional in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Metrology Professional



CO - Golden


Position Type

Limited Term (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols

Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. However, employees may seek an exemption from this requirement as an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Upon hire, new employees must submit a request for accommodation or be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. Those without proof of vaccination may be required to participate in weekly testing for access to an NREL site.

Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.

Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.

Job Description

The Environment, Safety, Health and Quality Office supports mission performance and operational excellence across NREL. Within ESH&Q, the quality assurance team includes quality, training and metrology. The goals for the Quality Assurance Team is to:

  • Clearly define ESH&Q requirements, understand how they are connected and who they impact

  • Develop meaningful and effective training

  • Ensure implementation, provide support, report out to our support organizations, and help to identify areas of continuous improvement

  • Measure leading and lagging indicators, develop effective corrective actions

  • Assess opportunities to better define/streamline requirements

The Metrology Team supports and conducts a wide variety of research at the Mesa Top Facility on the South Table Mountain campus, including:

  • Calibrating measuring and testing equipment across campus

  • Maintaining 17025 accreditations

  • Conduct and further research

  • Publish research findings

  • Maintain global standards

  • Maintain records of calibration

This position is supporting the operations and development of the NREL Metrology Laboratory by providing routine maintenance and calibration of measurement and test equipment, in compliance with NREL’s Metrology Laboratory policies.

  • DUTIES: Performs routine maintenance and calibration of test instruments under direct supervision of scientific and technical staff. Maintains a safe, clean, and organized operating environment in accordance with NREL’s safety policies and procedures. Assists senior technical staff with experimental set up, including soldering, cabling, and wiring data acquisition instruments. Contributes to the development and maintenance of the metrology operations database. Perform general metrology laboratory administration, including equipment purchases, calibration due notification, receive/accept incoming Measurement and Test Equipment (MTE), inspect incoming MTE, schedule MTE for calibration, update calibration database, file MTE calibration reports, and coordinate the return of MTE to owner.

  • Work Schedule: Standard 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday. Typical work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with some flexibility, occasional weekend and holidays work is required.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates complete understanding and wide application of scientific technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering plus metrology experience.

  • At least nine years of bench-level calibration experience, including indoor and outdoor radiometry and spectrometry, and general-purpose test instruments, e.g. electronic instruments, temperature/humidity probes, pressure transducers, and scales.

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of metrology practices, calibration procedure development, and test instruments (especially indoor and outdoor radiometers and spectroradiometers, multifunction calibrators, oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters and general-purpose test instruments).

  • Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills.

  • Effective computer skills for document generation, data analysis tools, programming, and data acquisition systems.

  • Ability to interpret and develop electronic circuits.

  • Capable of routinely lifting 70 lbs.

  • Exhibits attention to detail with high levels of innovation, initiative and integrity.

  • Must have (or be able to obtain) and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiar with ISO 17025 accreditation, measurement uncertainty analysis, LabWindows/CVI, LabView, SQL databases, Campbell Scientific CRBASIC, C/C++, and Fluke’s Met/TEAM and Met/CAL.


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

Job Profile: Researcher III / Annual Salary Range: $75,500 - $135,900

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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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions. All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference. Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment. Any offer of employment is conditional on the ability to obtain work authorization and to be granted access to NREL by the Department of Energy (DOE). We understand that COVID-19 may have caused delays or closures at offices, consulates, and embassies. However, NREL cannot make exceptions to work authorization and access requirements, and exceptions to these requirements are not being made for COVID-19 related delays.

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