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    Post-Bacc Research Participant Program Intern

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    Current Employee - Post-Bacc Research Participant Program in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Post-Bacc Research Participant Program in Golden, CO

    I have been working at National Renewable Energy Lab as an intern (less than an year)


    Very comfortable and lenient atmosphere
    Work-life balance is extremely important here
    Sits on the border between academic research and industry applications
    Good compensation and benefits
    Amazing facilities mean you have any equipment you could ever want for whatever research you want to do, including some government-exclusive and very powerful computer programs or databases


    People get lazy when there isn't a huge push for results
    Ridiculously high overhead rate cuts down your research dollars a lot
    Bureaucracy and paperwork requirements can be a major hindrance to getting anything done
    Because of their extreme "safety first" policies, it's more like "safety instead of progress"

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National Renewable Energy Lab Interviews

Updated Oct 7, 2014
Updated Oct 7, 2014

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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

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    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab.

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    Initial 15 minute interview in which the HR rep was late to the call (I had to call them because they got the time wrong!), didn't know anything about the job, and did not have the technical background to have a discussion on my qualifications. Basic questions, but it was strange to have a non-technical person asking technical questions. This prevented us being able to actually have a good interview.

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National Renewable Energy Lab Awards & Accolades

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New Face of Engineering, ASHRAE, 2013
Woody Award, Materials Research Society, 2012
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Headquarters Golden, CO
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1978
Type Government
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation's energy...

Mission: Our emphasis is on a comprehensive energy approach that encompasses the relationship among key systems:

Fuel production
The built environment...

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