Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis Environmental Impacts (EAEI) Division has an opening for a Research Scientist. The Electricity Markets and Policy Group analyzes public interest policy issues and conducts research projects on key electricity market issues, including electric power system reliability, transportation, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and energy sector modeling. The Research Scientist will provide technical and scientific leadership, applying economic, engineering and scientific concepts, with an emphasis on research and analyses related to the following areas:
Transportation sector, with a focus on customer decisions about emerging transportation technologies and services, like ride-sharing, and their impacts on energy, efficiency, and emissions;
Demand response opportunities, policies and markets, with a focus on time-based rate and smart grid consumer behavior; and
Energy efficiency policies and markets, with a focus on consumer product purchase and usage behavior.
Given the broad program goals and objectives, the Research SCientist will carry out innovative research and provide intellectual leadership on transportation, demand response, and energy efficiency projects. These duties include:
What You Will Do:
Develop new methods and execute research involving technically sophisticated econometrics, data analytics, and experimental design concepts in order to solve challenging technical and policy-oriented energy and environmental issues, in the areas of dynamic electricity pricing, energy impacts of the transportation sector, energy efficiency standards, experimental design of energy programs, energy data analytics, and factors that generally impact the energy-related behaviors and decisions of consumers;
Lead the development of complex econometric models and statistical analysis on acceptance and performance issues associated with dynamic pricing and smart grid consumer behavior, using very large energy datasets. Use experimental design techniques and econometric identification strategies in order to causally link programmatic elements such as pricing or other features to energy savings estimates of program impacts; apply cutting edge data science techniques to interval meter data in order to gain insights about the nature of household energy consumption behavior;
Conduct empirical analysis in the areas of energy efficiency policies; consumer product purchase behavior and response to efficiency policies; firm pricing and provision behavior and response to efficiency policies; consumer and firm appliance/electricity usage behavior and the effectiveness of incentives and policies on this behavior; consumer preferences for/response to dynamic electricity pricing and enabling technologies;
Lead the application of behavioral economic theories to the transportation sector in order to better identify linkages to energy use and other transportation system impacts; better understand the dynamics of lifestyle classification and its implications for transportation decision making;
Connect with stakeholders to determine key policy issues in order to determining future research objectives, and develop strategic collaborations to increase the effectiveness of technical work undertaken;
Identify funding opportunities and develop proposals in order to obtain funding for innovative research areas in electricity markets and policies; and
Author or contribute to conference papers, laboratory reports and refereed journal articles on demand response and dynamic electricity pricing programs and consumer behavior, energy efficiency policy and relevant consumer behavior, and transportation system impacts of emerging technologies and services and relevant user behavior. Contribute to technical memos, summarizing key analysis results. Write and edit sections of reports summarizing methods, data sources, results, conclusions, and/or energy policy implications along with providing appropriate graphics that clearly illustrate results. Present results at energy policy and scientific conferences.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Provide information and consultation in response to requests from outside the Group, Program, and Laboratory.
Participate in group leadership and assist group members, and other members of EMP at large, with data analysis problems regarding various electricity markets and policy topics, analysis methods, and data sources.
What is Required:
Graduate degree in economics, engineering, public policy, or energy and resources, and 5 years relevant professional experience or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
Demonstrated experience in working independently to conduct analysis of energy efficiency, demand response and transportation impacts on consumer choice and usage decisions.
Expertise in econometrics, data analytics, and experimental design concepts.
Understanding of economics, transportation, end use efficiency and load management technologies.
Excellent abilities to supervise, lead research teams and interact with research managers. Demonstrated ability to obtain research funding and to support supervisees in their seeking research support.
Proven communication skills as lead or co-author of technical papers, reports, and refereed journal articles. Proficiency developing presentations, presenting research results and representing the group at meetings, workshops, and conferences. Demonstrated collaboration skills to respond to short-term client needs, work with members of project teams, and collaborate with industry and international experts. Proven ability to work with multiple principal investigators on several concurring projects and to supervise the activities of others, as needed.
Ability to work successfully in an interdisciplinary environment and to collaborate successfully with colleagues and others from a diversity of fields.
Advanced mastery of MS Excel and statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, STATA, R, etc.), proficiency with MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access. Proven technical writing and editing skills and ability to prepare materials and write sections of reports. Strong public speaking and presentation skills. Proficiency in various methods of electronic data transfer. Familiarity with web-based research. Ability to work effectively with groups or independently.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Interest in energy and environmental issues.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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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