Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis and Environment Impacts (EAEI) Division has an opening for a Principal Research Associate to join the Electricity Markets and Policy Group. In this role, you will conduct data driven, public interest research on a variety of issues associated with electricity markets, such electric system reliability, the role of energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy and distributed generation resources, and retail energy markets. This position will contribute to key utility regulatory and business model, demand response, and renewable energy projects, primarily through data collection and data management along with supporting economic/engineering analyses.
What You Will Do:
Perform a major component of the research, including collecting, cleaning, and substantial analysis of key data.
Develop efficient, robust, flexible, secure, and user friendly systems for collecting, inputting, storing, and retrieving data required for analyses.
Conduct research that conceptually organizes and quantitatively assesses changes in electric utility regulatory and business models.
Conduct research on renewable energy technologies and programs.
What is Required:
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Economics, or related field and a minimum of 3 years of professional technical experience in independent design, processing, and analysis of data or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated familiarity with renewable energy technologies, electric utility markets, and state energy policies.
Effective verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to identify and obtain information from diverse sources, collaborate with other researchers, present results at industry and academic conferences, and write research reports and conference papers.
Basic familiarity with storage and analysis of data in excel.
Ability to search for, collect, ensure the quality of, and assist with the analysis of diverse datasets with a strong attention to detail.
What We Desire:
Advanced graduate degree in Economics, Engineering, or related.
Basic programming capabilities in Python, R, and/or Matlab with the ability to learn how to work with existing (or create new) databases.
Demonstrated familiarity with utility resource planning processes and tools, including production cost models and capacity expansion models.
Demonstrated familiarity with demand-side management and energy efficiency programs, including evaluation of program cost-effectiveness.
Experience managing and analyzing GIS data.
Basic statistical analysis capabilities.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 16, 2018.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, Term appointment. This position has the possibility of extension for up to 5 years and/or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
This position is represented by the Research Support Professionals (RX) collective bargaining agreement.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.