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Fellow- Photovoltaic Outdoor Testing

by Valerie Cleland on November 28, 2012
  • Fraunhofer CSE is offering a Fellowship in its photovoltaics (PV) technologies group. This is an opportunity to work with a variety of cutting-edge solar energy technologies. You’ll be part of our PV R&D team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico working on solar energy technology development with partners in industry, academia, and government. The Fellow position typically lasts six to twelve months. The practical experience acquired at Fraunhofer CSE enables research assistants to go on to further their academic careers and/or find successful employment in the energy sector.

Responsibilities & Learning Opportunities:
• Characterize the performance of photovoltaic (PV) components, modules, and systems, utilizing a state-of-the-art PV outdoor test field
• Support implementation of data acquisition, storage, and analysis software
• Assist with the design, building, and testing of PV monitoring systems
• Learn how to evaluate the performance of photovoltaic modules and systems
• Compare component performance and durability over time and at different levels of integration

Desired Experience & Skills:

  • Hands-on experience with electronic equipment
  • Familiarity with integrating software and hardware
  • Prior experience with LabVIEW
  • Data analysis and troubleshooting skills
  • Enjoy working in both indoor and outdoor (sunny and hot) environments
  • Can lift up to 25 lbs unassisted

Desired Characteristics:
• Excellent academic record in science or engineering
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to accept a high degree of responsibility in a team-based organization and an ability to work independently
• Aptitude for learning new things, brainstorming solutions, and adapting to challenges
• Enthusiasm for new technologies and expanding the impact of renewable energy

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