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Energy Research Engineer

Golden, CO 

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

Job Description

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 though our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, learning and professional development class

This position will be filled at the Researcher III or II based on the basic and required qualifications of the selected candidate:

NREL is seeking a research engineer to support energy optimization and analysis projects in the Integrated Applications Center (IAC) within the Energy Systems Integration directorate. IAC helps federal agencies, states, local governments, communities, and the private sector to develop energy strategies, analyze opportunities, and implement an integrated portfolio of distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation to meet energy goals.

The incumbent will work under the guidance of senior staff within the Modeling & Analysis Group to develop, maintain, and perform analysis with NREL’s REopt modeling platform for energy systems integration and optimization. The incumbent will conduct engineering analysis using mixed integer linear programming and other renewable energy analysis tools (i.e. SAM, HOMER) to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, storage, flexible loads, and conventional generation in buildings, campuses, or microgrids. The incumbent will work with clients to design analysis to inform distributed energy deployment pathways, and document and present engineering results, including publishing results in technical reports, conference papers, or journal articles.

The successful candidate will have experience in energy analysis and mathematical optimization modeling, especially as it applies to energy technologies and systems.

Basic Qualifications

 

  • Researcher III: PhD in Sustainable Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Operations Research or a related engineering or science field. Or Master's Degree in Sustainable Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Operations Research or a related engineering or science field and 3 or more years of experience. Or Bachelor's Degree in Sustainable Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Operations Research or a related engineering or science field and 5 or more years of experience .
  • Researcher II: Master's Degree in Sustainable Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Operations Research or a related engineering or science field. Or bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Operations Research or a related engineering or science field and 2 or more years of experience

 

Additional Required Qualifications

 

  • Researcher II  Position typically requires a skilled professional who applies, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts, and is fully competent in all conventional applications of knowledge common to the specific discipline and function of work assigned. Excellent communication and teamwork skills; enjoys group problem solving and technical debates. Ability to collaborate with team members in a flexible work environment. Candidate will have Basic knowledge and skills in energy analysis and model development. Basic knowledge of Python or related. Experience contributing to energy modeling and analysis projects, including working under senior staff to complete specific tasks. Some API development experience.
  • Researcher III Position typically requires a Seasoned, experienced professional in a broad discipline or narrow, specialized field and has the ability to develop advanced concepts, techniques, and standards for specialized, state-of- the-art technologies and concepts. Excellent communication and teamwork skills; enjoys group problem solving and technical debates. Ability to collaborate with team members in a flexible work environment. Candidate will have Intermediate to advanced knowledge and skills in energy analysis and model development. Expert knowledge of Python and Julia or related. Experience leading energy modeling and analysis projects, including defining technical approaches, working with external clients, and mentoring junior project staff. Proficient knowledge of API development.

 

Preferred Qualifications

 

  • Experience using and developing mathematical optimization software packages (e.g. Julia, XPRESS, CPLEX)
  • Experience building techno-economic models
  • Experience applying engineering skills to renewable energy problems
  • Basic knowledge of economics/ finance/cash flow analysis
  • Experience working with and managing large amounts of data
  • Experience using scripting languages for automating computer simulations
  • Ability to transition easily between detailed computer modeling and big-picture client interactions
  • Background in one or more of the following: operations research, electrical engineering, power systems, or decision making under uncertainty
  • Self-driven and excited to learn new skills as needed
  • Experience with linear programming / optimization
  • Experience with renewable energy and microgrid modeling tools
  • Some knowledge of renewable energy technologies
  • Ability to work independently
  • High standards of work quality
  • Smart, intellectually curious, analytical, and tenacious in finding solutions.
  • Adaptable to a variety of roles and projects
  • Ability to work with clients to understand questions, design analysis to answer questions, and communicate results effectively

 

Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week): $73,900 - $133,100

 

  • Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. 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; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. 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. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit online application HERE

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.

NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions.  All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference.  Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment. Any offer of employment is conditional on the ability to obtain work authorization and to be granted access to NREL by the Department of Energy (DOE). We understand that COVID-19 may have caused delays or closures at offices, consulates, and embassies. However, NREL cannot make exceptions to work authorization and access requirements, and exceptions to these requirements are not being made for COVID-19 related delays.  

EEO Policy: NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

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Posted June 4, 2021



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