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Coastal Energy Systems Lead - Marine Energy and Coastal Ecosystems Researcher

Company: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Location: Boulder
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Job Description:

Coastal Energy Systems Lead - Marine Energy and Coastal Ecosystems Researcher Posting Title Coastal Energy Systems Lead - Marine Energy and Coastal Ecosystems Researcher . Location CO - Boulder . Position Type Regular . Hours Per Week 40 . Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021. Working at NRELNREL's 305-acre Flatirons Campus is the nation's premier wind energy, water power, and grid integration research facility. Nestled south of Boulder, Colorado, and north of NREL's main South Table Mountain campus, Flatirons sits adjacent to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and countless acres of open space and parks with stunning views of the Flatirons rock formations.From day one at NREL, you'll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you'll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves. Job Description The Water Power Program has an immediate opening for a full-time -Coastal Energy Systems Lead who will focus on engaging with communities on the development of tools -and approaches -to -model how small -(e.g.,

  • The "Powering the Blue Economy's Resilient Coastal Communities " initiative to analyze marine energy technologies for small and community-scale coastal applications
  • Identify the costs and benefits of small and community scale marine energy applications and determine end user needs
  • Develop and assess co-benefits of marine energy applications in coastal environments -
  • Support -deployment projects as well as identification of potential markets and end users for the U.S. marine energy industry
  • Oversee the analysis for -marine energy technology integration for microgrid applications
  • Identify -and engage with -end users and partners who are interested in supporting the development of marine energy to benefit -their local economies. To successfully support these activities, the ideal candidate should have experience -researching and working with -communities to integrate renewable energy systems that -balance community needs -for -sustainable -energy systems -within -the -broader community -ecosystems. Accomplishing the initiative objectives -will require interactions between -systems within the community ecosystem, including -energy, economic, environmental, and social -systems and considerations -are -balanced -and addressed in any proposed solutions. A proven history of successful -project management, proposal development and -engagement with tribal, local, and state government, as well as interest groups -is -required. The -researcher will perform the following -activities:
    • Plan, document, and report results from research performed
    • Develop -tools and/or models -for -the co-habitation of -marine energy technologies -within coastal ecosystems and analyze results
    • Identify challenges in the development of marine energy technologies -for coastal communities -and apply design problem-solving techniques
    • Advance and develop marine energy technology assessment criteria and tools to measure engineering performance and techno-economic performance
    • Develop collaborations with -tribal, local, and state governments, as well as interest groups, -academia, public research entities, industry, and other stakeholders
    • Provide expert advice to commercial, academic, and government partners on marine energy -demonstrations
    • Present and -work at -domestic and international conferences and in journal publications
    • Provide responsible project leadership as principal -investigator
    • Contribute to achieving NREL business development goals
    • Collaborate -regularly with Water Power team members and -as required across NREL - . Basic Qualifications For Researcher IV
      Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience .

      For Researcher III
      Relevant PhD and 0-4 years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3-7 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5-9 years of experience . . Additional Required Qualifications
      • Ph.D. or M.S. in ecology, environmental biology, anthropology, environmental science, or a similar scientific or engineering focus.
      • Professional experience in community support and engagement -
      • Project management and budget adherence experience.
      • Excellent time management skills with demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects.
      • Excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
      • Presentation and publishing of scientific work at international conferences and primarily through journal publications.
      • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a large dynamic team environment with evolving requirements and schedules.
      • Practical knowledge of procedures and techniques for inventive problem solving and innovation.
      • Familiarity with a wide range of engineering system assessment and optimization methods.
      • Experience with customer relations to understand needs and develop value-added solutions.
      • Experience with stakeholder engagement and outreach to local, state, and federal agencies Preferred Qualifications Proven engagement for the betterment of remote, island, and/or coastal communities, preferably around technology adoption -Understanding of the interactions between energy systems and coastal -ecosystems, related challenges as well as -problem solving and investigation techniques Knowledge of -systems assessment methods and application of tools for engineering performance and techno-economic performance Demonstrated leadership and project management experience Experience collaborating with other National laboratories, Universities, and other governmental agencies that work in Blue Economy sectors (e.g. DoD, Naval Research labs, etc.) -Familiarity with marine regulations for instrumentation and marine energy.Experience working with HOMER and/or ReOpt software . Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)Annual Salary Range: $88,800 - $159,700Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate's education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.Benefits SummaryBenefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.* Based on eligibility rules 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. . EEO Policy NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.EEO is the Law - Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination - Reasonable Accommodations E -Verify www.dhs.gov/E-Verify -For information about right to work, click here for English or here for Spanish.E-Verify is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This business uses E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce. - 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. NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions. All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference. - Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment. Any offer of employment is conditional on the ability to obtain work authorization and to be granted access to NREL by the Department of Energy ( DOE) . We understand that COVID-19 may have caused delays or closures at offices, consulates, and embassies. However, NREL cannot make exceptions to work authorization and access requirements, and exceptions to these requirements are not being made for COVID-19 related delays.

Keywords: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Boulder , Coastal Energy Systems Lead - Marine Energy and Coastal Ecosystems Researcher, Other , Boulder, Colorado

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