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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312184

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

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 Social Scientist\Policy Scientist\Analyst; the individual will be a technical contributor and potential task leader to a growing team of engineers, researchers, economists, and analysts developing innovative methods to achieve greater efficiency, optimization, and resiliency of residential, commercial, and industrial systems including housing, manufacturing, and related energy technology and policy, with an emphasis on social equity/environmental justice. This position will support the development and implementation of projects designed to drive down the cost of emerging energy-efficient technologies and accelerate their market adoption across many sectors with a focus on assessment of the distributional effects of technology and policy on a wide array of underserved communities.

The position requires knowledge and experience related to the analysis and communication of market demographics, measures of social equity, and policy analysis including the following:

  • Understanding or having the ability to learn the fundamentals of energy systems servicing the commercial, industrial, and residential sectors including energy efficiency technologies and policies.

  • Familiarity with demographic and market characteristics data sources and methods for analyzing and communicating insights in these data.

  • Evaluating market strengths, structures, barriers, climate considerations, code limitations, supply chain opportunities, and demographics.

  • Familiarity with how consumers, manufacturers, utilities and product supply chains value energy efficient performance and grid interactions.

  • Communicating, interacting, and collaborating with a range of stakeholders including manufacturers, supply chain businesses, trade groups, utilities, buyers’ groups, and consumers.

The position requires strong analytical and communication skills, and the ability to work in teams with federal agencies, states, regional energy efficiency organizations, trade groups, utilities, and other program providers. The position will also involve communicating with leading scientists and engineers at DOE and its national laboratories, with consultants and academics, at utility and market transformation organizations, with manufacturers and trade organizations, and with all facets of the supply chain and market, including consumers.

The person in the position will:

  • Contribute to technical reports and white papers, website content, progress reports, case studies, technical presentations to critical stakeholders and external audiences, and assist in the planning and delivery of outreach and engagement opportunities, including expert meetings, workshops and industry conferences.

  • Contribute to the dissemination of market research products dealing with distributional impacts of DOE R&D programs especially in sensitive areas of social equity and environmental justice.

  • Assist in the design and implementation of campaigns and market transformation activities.

  • Will be expected to travel to attend conferences and present results of work in a variety of forums, support relevant education in public forums and webinars, in meetings with DOE and other national laboratories, in PNNL internal meetings, conferences, and in stakeholder meetings.

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

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Energy Analyst/Policy Scientist – Level I

Applies basic S&E theories to well defined tasks with minimal oversight. Requires conceptual knowledge of scientific or engineering theories, practices and procedures within specialization. Working locally as an individual contributor. Building and maintaining effective internal relationships on individual or team level.

Energy Analyst/Policy Scientist – Level 2

Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Building networks at a local and capability level. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Mentoring junior staff and students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree with 0-1 years of experience, M.S. degree with 0+ years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree with 2+ years of experience, M.S. Degree with 0-2 years of experience, Ph.D with 0 years of experience.

  • Master’s degree in social science, economics, public policy, statistics, or closely related fields, and at least 2+ years’ experience in demographic analysis or economic geography fields developing statistical reports and other analyses of underserved communities or historically disadvantaged populations.

  • Experience applying big data or machine learning techniques and econometric analysis methods.

  • Background in building science, construction, energy policy, technology assessment or equity metrics development and communication

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Opening Date: 2021-06-01

Closing Date: 2021-06-22