Research Engineer II/III - Energy Optimization Analysis and Development

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Posting Title
Research Engineer II/III – Energy Optimization Analysis and Development
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Location
CO - Golden
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Position Type
Regular
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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.
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Job Description
NREL is seeking a research engineer to support energy optimization model development and analyses in the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support (ADDS) Center within the Energy Systems Integration (ESI) directorate. ADDS works with 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 energy system 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 primarily support Department of Defense clients, including Army, Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps.
The incumbent will work with clients to design analyses 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.
Candidates at the Level II will receive long- range directions on new assignments and receives occasional oversight on complex features or problems. Work will be evaluated upon completion to ensure objectives have been met. Provides technical coordination and/or guidance to others as needed.
Candidates at the Level III will work under nominal supervision and provides technical direction to multiple teams for organizational or business unit initiatives and/or new technology product line strategies. Coordinates and monitors the work of others. Has the ability to develop into a role model for effective and creative technical leadership within a center or directorate.
The successful candidate will have the following skills:
  • Self-driven and excited to learn new skills as needed
  • Some knowledge of renewable energy technologies
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills; enjoys group problem solving and technical debates
  • Ability to collaborate with team members in a flexible work environment
  • 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 analyses to answer questions, and communicate results effectively
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Basic Qualifications
Researcher III- Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Researcher II- Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • This position will require access to Controlled Unclassified Information // No foreign dissemination (CUI//NOFORN) and only applicants that are US Citizens at the time of application will be considered in accordance with DOE O 471.7, Controlled Unclassified Information
    DOE O 471.7
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance. Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See
    DOE O 472.2A
    for additional information.
  • Self-driven and excited to learn new skills as needed
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills; enjoys group problem solving and technical debates
  • Ability to collaborate with team members in a flexible work environment
  • 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 analyses to answer questions, and communicate results effectively
  • Background with or interest in supporting renewable energy projects at Department of Defense facilities
  • Experience with programming in a language such as Python
  • Experience with linear programming / optimization
  • Experience with renewable energy and/or microgrid modeling tools
  • Ability to work with clients to understand questions, design analyses to answer questions, and communicate results effectively
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience using and developing mathematical optimization models (e.g., JuliaJuMP, Pyomo)
  • 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, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, or electrical engineering.
  • Some knowledge of renewable energy technologies
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Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Researcher III / Annual Salary Range: $79,600 - $143,300
Job Profile: Researcher II / Annual Salary Range: $73,200 - $120,800
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, 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.
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If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.
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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