NREL Energy and Manufacturing Techno-Economic Researcher in Golden, Colorado
Energy and Manufacturing Techno-Economic Researcher
CO - Golden
Hours Per Week
The Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL is seeking a technically-focused and experienced research analyst in energy systems cost modeling and manufacturing analysis. The position will involve work in three inter-related areas: (1) developing technical cost models to analyze the costs of energy systems, (2) working with internal and external partners to collect primary data to populate the models, and (3) utilizing the models to support the evaluation of targeted R&D opportunities, technology advancements, and manufacturing developments as they relate to a range of market and policy issues. 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:
Perform analysis to:
Collect data and information on technology manufacturing and installation processes and costs.
Evaluate trade and manufacturing issues related to efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Identify opportunities for component-, system-, and operations-level cost reductions.
Interpret model results for policy, market, economic and/or technology analysis.
Utilize models in support of both internal and external R&D planning and evaluation through collaboration with other national labs, universities, and industrial partners.
Publish results in technical reports, conference proceedings, and journals.
Present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings.
Master's Degree in Electrical, Chemical or Industrial Engineering. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Electrical, Chemical or Industrial Engineering and 2 or more years of related experience.
Working knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.
Demonstrated knowledge of practices, techniques, and problem-solving methodologies in bottom-up technology cost modeling. Demonstrated research experience and publishing of academic publications.
Direct experience in design of renewable energy systems or analysis of supply chains preferred. Strong technology benchmarking and valuation skills, as well as market analysis and primary information collection experience to support strategic investments and R&D decisions. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
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