Researcher III - Solar Cost Modelling

Employer
Location
Golden, CO, USA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 15, 2018
Closes
Oct 15, 2018
Ref
1040916234
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
**Posting Title**

Researcher III - Solar Cost Modelling

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**Location**

CO - Golden

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**Position Type**

Regular

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**Hours Per Week**

40

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**Job Summary**

The Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL is seeking a technically-focused and experienced research analyst in solar energy systems cost modeling and competitiveness analysis. The mid-level position will involve leading work in three inter-related areas: (1) developing technical cost models to analyze the costs of solar energy systems, (2) working with internal and external partners to collect primary data to populate the models, and (3) utilizing the models to support the evaluation of targeted R&D opportunities, technology advancements, and manufacturing developments as they relate to a range of market and policy issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to combine scientific, engineering, and economics perspectives with excellent work habits, communication skills, and quantitative analysis capabilities. This position can be located at NREL's Golden, CO or Washington, DC office.

More specifically, this position will provide expertise and support in the following ways:

• Lead manufacturing cost and balance of system cost model development and analysis for residential-, commercial-, and utility-scale solar technologies.

• Lead analysis to collect data and information on solar technology manufacturing and installation processes and costs; evaluate trade and manufacturing issues related to solar technologies; Identify opportunities for component-, system-, and operations-level cost reductions.; Interpret model results for policy, market, economic and/or technology analysis.

• Utilize models in support of both internal and external R&D planning and evaluation through collaboration with other national labs, universities, and industrial partners.

• Publish results in technical reports, conference proceedings, and journals.

• Present work at conferences, symposiums, and review meetings.

Desired Skills and Knowledge:

• Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field.

• General knowledge of other related disciplines.

• Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.

• Demonstrated experience in management of projects.

• Strong writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

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**Required Education, Experience, and Skills**

Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrated full knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Strong leadership, communication, problem solving and project management skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.

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**Preferred Qualifications**

Master's degree in business, economics, industrial engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other relevant field or equivalent experience related to the technical evaluation of manufacturing clean energy technologies and supply chain analysis.

Demonstrated knowledge of practices, techniques, and problem-solving methodologies in bottom-up technology cost modeling. Direct experience in design of solar energy systems or analysis of solar supply chains preferred. Strong technology bench marking and valuation skills, as well as market analysis and primary information collection experience to support strategic investments and R&D decisions. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Experience managing projects.

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**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.

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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.

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