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NREL Distributed Electrical Systems Researcher in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Distributed Electrical Systems Researcher

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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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Job Description

The Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL is seeking a technically-focused and experienced research analyst passionate to work on research questions related to the electric distribution grid. As the number of complex clean energy technologies continues to grow on the electric distribution grid, the research questions are exploding. The position will involve work the combination of transferring power system modeling outputs in combination with costs, markets and other factors to answer these cutting-edge research questions. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to combine scientific, engineering, and economics perspectives with excellent work habits, communication skills, and quantitative analysis capabilities. This position can be located at NREL’s Golden, CO office.

More specifically, this position will provide expertise and support in the following ways:

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, experience with data collection, and ability to work on a diversity of topics is essential

  • Ability and interest in interacting regularly data partners and collaborators in industry (including C-level folks at utilities, solar companies, and technology vendors) required.

  • Strong communications and presentation skills required, including ability and interest to first-author reports and publications

  • Background in electrical engineering or power systems preferred. Work will require reviewing, analyzing, and incorporating results from power flow modeling into techno-economic analysis. Some familiarity with power systems required, experience in energy or power system analysis preferred.

  • Experience with financial modeling and knowledge of DER integration and policy strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with solar and storage technology and economics strongly preferred. Experience using NREL’s SAM model is a plus. Experience analyzing and manipulating geospatial datasets also a plus.

  • Work will be on teams, but the ability to work independently is important

  • Publish results in technical reports, conference proceedings, and journals.

  • Present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings.

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Basic Qualifications

Master's Degree in Engineering. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and 2 or more years of related experience.

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Additional Qualifications

Cover letter submitted. General knowledge and application of engineering technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Training in team, task or project leadership responsibilities. Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques. Beginning experience in project management. Good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with financial modeling and knowledge of DER integration and policy strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with solar and storage technology and economics strongly preferred. Experience using NREL’s SAM model is a plus.

  • Experience analyzing and manipulating geospatial datasets also a plus.

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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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EEO Policy

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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.

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