Researcher V – Senior Energy Planner
CO - Golden
Hours Per Week
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The Integrated Modeling and Economic Analysis Group within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is hiring a senior researcher to join a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team of researchers developing and applying energy systems models to evaluate transitions to sustainable and equitable futures.
NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, surrounded by grassland, and convenient to Denver, Boulder, and several suburbs, the NREL campus is a living experiment filled with curious researchers and concrete demonstrations of advanced energy technologies (e.g., best-in-class energy efficiency, daylighting, MW-scale solar photovoltaics, buildings heated by computers, optimized electric vehicle charging, hydrogen fueling station).
The Integrated Modeling and Economic Analysis Group develops and applies energy and economic models to evaluate and inform the evolution of the energy system and the associated implications for the economy, environment, and society. We are looking forward to welcoming a senior researcher to our team to contribute to a growing body of research evaluating alternative pathways to cross-sectoral decarbonization of the US economy, focusing on potential implications for equitable energy transitions.
The successful candidate will be the technical lead, subject matter expert, and/or principal investigator of a variety of projects that focus on equity strategies, large-scale solar planning, community energy transitions, and the State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) platform.
Primary job responsibilities include:
- Leading the evaluation of the implications of alternative future energy scenarios
- Directing the evaluation of different planning strategies for implementing energy decarbonization goals
- Evaluating potential equity concerns in the transition to a low-carbon energy future
- Mentoring project staff in areas of energy justice, renewable energy planning, and developing audience-appropriate materials
- Managing budget and staffing to complete projects on time with high-quality products
In particular, the researcher will lead aspects of all components of research—from project conceptualization and proposal development to methods development and implementation, and finally to analysis and communications. Communication products will include presentations to deliver to a variety of clients, technical articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals, as well as shorter written products for different audiences.
Relevant PhD and 9 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 12 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 14 or more years of experience . Demonstrated extensive knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Excellent leadership, communication, problem solving and project management skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.
- Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
- Master’s degree in urban and regional planning
- Demonstrated experience presenting research findings to broad—technical and non-technical—audiences
- Demonstrated experience in managing large projects with a variety of clients and complex budgets
- Working knowledge of current state of energy equity analysis and products
- Exceptional teaming and organizational skills
- Exceptional writing skills and a demonstrated record of publication in the technical/peer-reviewed literature
- Recognized expert in energy planning, community engagement, and equitable clean energy analysis
- Experience in supporting the hiring and mentoring of junior staff
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 V / Annual Salary Range: $114,500 - $206,100
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