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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters Research Associate - Energy Economics in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309446

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Job Description

The Energy Policy and Economics Group of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), located in Richland, WA, seeks a Post-Master’s Research Associate (or Doctoral candidate) to conduct and publish analytical research covering energy economics of technologies and policies in the areas of future energy-efficient technology adoption, localized economic impacts of climate adaptation, market metrics and impacts of potential future electric grid enabling technologies, energy security and resilience, business case analysis, and other policy analyses. The successful candidate will work in a cross-disciplinary environment using a range of modeling tools and approaches and spanning several technical domains. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in close collaboration with other PNNL economists, engineers, analysts, and scientists, together with outside collaborators, publish scholarly papers in open literature, and participate in national research efforts. The associate will play a central role in a key policy-relevant interdisciplinary research project, and be available to support other related projects at PNNL. The position is designed to dovetail the candidate’s doctoral research with DOE-sponsored research. This position has a pathway to a full-time salaried position in the Energy Policy and Economics Group at PNNL in Richland.

The Energy Policy and Economics Group at PNNL is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of economists, scientists, and engineers dedicated to understanding all aspects of energy markets including efficient technologies, alternative energy resources, resource extraction, national and local impacts of policy, and the interface between human and natural systems.

A major research focus of our Group is to develop modeling approaches that integrate domains as needed, including energy and the economy, land-use, agriculture, water, climate, fisheries, and terrestrial ecosystems.

PNNL researchers work with scientists and decision-makers in US Federal agencies, State and local governments, industry, foundations, and universities, and publish their findings in leading scientific journals. PNNL economists contribute to multidisciplinary assessments of energy, water, natural resources, and economic systems and the interactions among them. The work environment at PNNL is highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and flexible, with a focus on potential solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges associated with energy, water, environment, and economy.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in one of the following economics fields of research: economics, energy economics, natural resource economics, agricultural economics, econometrics, or statistics with an economics thrust. Doctoral candidates in these areas are preferred.

A demonstrated understanding of energy/electric grid technologies and policy, electricity markets and regulation, and/or energy modeling would be ideal. Experience across a broad range of economics questions is desired. Experience with economics related modeling tools and languages is valuable. Demonstrated excellent English written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment are necessary. Applicants should attach to their resume a cover letter describing their relevant qualifications and experience.

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Opening Date: 2019-06-10

Closing Date: 2019-07-10