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National Renewable Energy Laboratory

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in science to new clean technologies that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.

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Transforming Energy Through Science

About NREL

At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges.  From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.


Our vision means leading an energy transition in which solutions are inclusively designed and benefits are equitably distributed.  We are the trusted clean energy leaders, and our work will guide the nation in achieving ambitious goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a decarbonized clean energy future



By operating world-class facilities that serve as a research instrument and taking a holistic approach to sustainability and resilience, NREL demonstrates leadership in critical climate and clean energy solutions for market adoption.


The NREL team approaches solutions from an ecosystem perspective that leverages the synergy between operational choices and mission objectives.


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 ten 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.


Working at NREL you become part of our rich history of renewable energy and energy efficiency research and innovation that continues to spans decades.


Perks and Benefits

As an NREL employee, there are many benefits, not just healthcare.

NREL is dedicated to evaluating and compensating employees fairly, supporting employees in professional growth and development, assisting with personal or professional concerns, and rewarding employees for exceptional work.


Benefits Package

NREL's benefits package for full- and part-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage effective the first of the month coinciding with or following the date of hire.

Employees with an initial assignment of 12 months or longer are eligible for:

  • Medical/dental insurance
  • Vision coverage
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Personal time off
  • Basic and supplemental life insurance
  • Basic and supplemental accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Extended sick leave
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • 403(b) employee savings plan matching
  • Pension benefits (based on all other eligibility rules).

Positions with initial assignments of 12 months or longer may also be eligible for relocation benefits.


Additional Perks

We also offer:

  • An employee assistance program with confidential counseling and referral services
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Training and development programs
  • On-site wellness activities, including health coaching, fitness rooms, aerobics, and yoga
  • Flexible schedules
  • Business casual dress
  • Free RTD EcoPass for Denver's transit system.

Our international or foreign national applicants receive special support. Learn about visas and immigration.


Benefits You Can Feel

At NREL, you can make a difference every day and contribute to creating a better world for future generations. To name a few of these intangible bonuses, we pride ourselves on:


  • Access to world-class equipment, labs, and meeting space that enable collaboration and innovation
  • A passionate leadership team who is invested in the long-term future and success of NREL and its staff
  • A flexible work environment that enables and encourages a good work/life balance
  • A growing, changing workforce with a focus on supporting early career researchers
  • campus that boasts a stunning cafeteria, coffee shop, fitness center, and other clubs and activities, plus miles of open space trails just outside our front door
  • Unique giving programs, volunteer opportunities, and mentoring partnerships that encourage personal passions.


Top Workplace Values

  • Supports Physical Wellness
  • Cutting Edge Technologies
  • Intentionally Practices Inclusion
  • Friends Outside of Work
  • Cross-Department Collaboration