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Job title: Graduate (Year-Round) Researcher Intern – Artificial Intelligence and Energy Efficiency

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Company: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Job description: Posting Title Graduate (Year-Round) Researcher Intern – Artificial Intelligence and Energy Efficiency


Location CO – Golden


Position Type Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week 40


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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.

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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 Artificial Intelligence, Learning, and Intelligent Systems Group within NREL’s Computational Science Center has an opening for a Graduate Student Researcher to participate in an interdisciplinary research project in data analysis with an emphasis in deep learning and the energy efficiency optimization of high-performance computing resources.

The researcher’s work schedule may be flexible to accommodate academic workloads (e.g., full-time in the summer, and part-time during the academic year). If academic work is compatible with this research effort, some degree of synergistic overlap may be possible. Work may be done remotely, in-person, or both.

The graduate researcher will be a full team member, working closely with other researchers to publish impactful research. The successful candidate will work with a research team to conduct and analyze empirical deep learning experiments; to analyze the results to identify governing relationships between the neural architecture, hyperparameters, and the hardware architecture and how these choices impact the energy consumption of model training; to apply these findings to construct efficient neural architecture optimization; and to co-author the publication of our results.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating in empirical and theoretical analysis of the performance and energy consumption of machine learning and other algorithms
  • Assisting in experimental design and execution
  • Collaboratively developing and evaluating energy-efficient machine learning approaches
  • Engaging in collaborative development of journal and conference manuscripts, technical papers, and project reports
  • Growing as a researcher, software developer, and data analyst


Basic Qualifications Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree 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 official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.
  • If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.


Additional Required Qualifications

A strong motivation to do and publish high-impact research

Experience with:

  • Software Development
  • Data Analysis

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with:

  • Scientific analysis of real-world empirical data
  • Deep Learning
  • Convolutional neural networks (CNNs)
  • Recurrent neural networks (RNNs)
  • Managing and using large databases and datasets
  • Python Programming
  • Tensorflow
  • Numpy
  • Scipy
  • LaTeX
  • SQL


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week) Job Profile: Graduate I / Annual Salary Range: $40,500 – $64,800

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; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; and sick leave (where required by law). 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. Internships projected to be less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for medical, dental, or vision benefits.

  • 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.


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Expected salary: $40500 – 64800 per year

Location: Golden, CO

Job date: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:00:12 GMT

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