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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy Policy Scientist/Analyst in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310423

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group: Energy Policy and Economics

Job Description

The Energy Policy & Economics group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an Energy Policy Scientist\Analyst; the individual will be a technical contributor and task leader on a growing team of engineers, researchers, economists, and analysts developing innovative methods to achieve greater efficiency, optimization, and resiliency of the nation’s energy systems under diverse and changing environmental conditions. This position can be based in Richland, WA or in Portland, Oregon. This position will support research projects and external engagements for PNNL’s Equitable Regulatory Environment thrust area under the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity - Energy Storage Program strategy. In addition, this position will support energy infrastructure modernization projects and programs across the laboratory where additional insight into valuation, regulatory design, tariffs, policy, and utility business models are involved.

The position requires knowledge and experience related to the design and construction of the nation’s electricity infrastructure, including an understanding of storage technologies, the economic and technical analysis of electric grid technologies and mechanisms for their deployment, and an understanding of the stakeholders, utilities, vendors, and regulatory bodies who are engaged in that technology deployment and related policy implementation. Knowledge of energy markets, energy storage technologies, and energy regulatory structures and practices would be preferred.

The individual will work with and provide leadership to project teams that serve as a technical resource and program planners\implementers for market introduction and adoption activities related to electricity infrastructure. The primary sponsor is the Department of Energy, and secondary sponsors include electric utilities and state government. This position offers the opportunity for a broad range of involvement in activities including researching and development of electricity infrastructure related technologies and policies, energy user and operator needs and issues; working with states, program providers, and others as they raise awareness and increase adoption and upgrading of energy infrastructure technologies and policies; identifying and helping develop new and improved tools and resources for addressing energy storage and electricity infrastructure needs; delivering high-impact technical reports and journal articles; and designing workshops, case studies, programs and training that support the application and use of energy storage technologies and best practices.

The position:

  • Will deliver high-impact technical reports and white papers; technical presentations to critical stakeholders and external audiences; and assist in the planning and delivery of outreach and engagement opportunities, including workshops and industry conferences.

  • Will work with sponsor relationship management, program managers, and the technical group manager to support and lead tasks that are required to be completed on time and within budget. There will be direct interface with sponsors and their subcontractors to gather data, and plan and implement activities.

  • Will be responsible for presentation of program results to clients and others; from time to time, travel requirements may be as high as 25%.

  • Will be expected to attend conferences and present results of work, as well as support energy storage education in public forums and via invited presentations.

The individual should have significant technical interest in the areas of electricity infrastructure analysis, valuation, and regulatory approaches (especially in the energy storage area). Individual must have the demonstrated ability to apply energy principles, theories and concepts in the fields of electricity infrastructure technology and policy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree with 2+ years of experience, M.S. degree with 0+ years of experience, or a Ph.D. with 0+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree in engineering, policy or economics and at least 2 years experience in electric utility regulation and/or state energy policy, including an understanding of the regulatory process, the utility business model, utility resource planning, and tariff structures and rate cases.Experience in designing research methodologies and leading research teams in carrying out research plans.

  • Strong, demonstrated writing capabilities and the ability to orally present information clearly and capably in a public setting.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Opening Date: 2020-02-03

Closing Date: 2020-02-24