NREL (Summer Internship) Graduate Electric Vehicle integration and validation in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

(Summer Internship) Graduate Electric Vehicle integration and validation



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

This position will support NREL’s Commercial Vehicle Technologies research team in conducting analysis of heavy-duty vehicles and advanced powertrains using data collected from vehicles operated in fleets around the country and laboratory tests. The candidate will work closely with senior engineers to investigate the behavior of advanced technology vehicles using experimental data captured from onboard data logging devices. The candidate will also help validate and improve existing vehicle models and provide analytical support for project objectives. The candidate will work with on-road medium and heavy-duty vehicles that make use of new technologies such as fuel cells, hybrid drivetrains, all-electric drivetrains, autonomous controls, and alternative fuels.

The ideal applicant possesses skills in MATLAB, Python and Excel in addition to an understanding of physics/dynamics and analysis of experimental data captured through electronic data acquisition methods. Vehicle testing and instrumentation experience a plus. Knowledge of OBD CAN signals and GPS as well as previous experience with vehicle data loggers and instrumentation.

Job Duties

  • Assist with data collection efforts at test sites, installing and operating on-board vehicle data acquisition equipment, performing analysis through simulation and modeling, visualizing data, provide support for laboratory and field test activities of vehicles operated in fleets around the country.

  • Perform analysis on experimental data using existing Matlab based tools/models and Python code.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting 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 unofficial transcripts and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Limited use and application of engineering principles, theories and concepts. Knowledge of vehicle communication networks (CAN), familiarity with vehicle data loggers, experience working with electric vehicle powertrain components and systems, experience with medium- or heavy-duty powertrains, experience with MATLAB, Simulink, Python coding language.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to use various computer software programs

  • Background in vehicle data collection and instrumentation. Experience with computer programming and application of computer models is also necessary.

  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Python and MATLAB as numerical analysis tools.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.

  • Ability to work both independently and with a team as needed.


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