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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Advanced Computing Laboratory Program Manager (LPM) in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Advanced Computing Laboratory Program Manager (LPM)

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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 Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Laboratory is seeking a Laboratory Program Manager (LPMI or LPM2) to manage the programmatic interface for NREL’s Advanced Computing capabilities, including the ESIF High Performance Computing (HPC) User Facility, computational and data science efforts, and cloud services. The focus will be to establish a vibrant and supportive relationship in this space across multiple offices and programs within DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO), Buildings Technology Office (BTO), Fuel Cell Technology Office (FCTO), Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI), Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), Strategic Priorities and Impact Analysis Team (SPIA), Vehicles Technologies Office (VTO), Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), and Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO). A key element will be contributing to and building support for an Advanced Computing strategy for EERE that is being developed in collaboration between NREL and EERE leadership. This position reports to the Associate Laboratory Director for Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis and interacts closely with research centers and offices, and laboratory program managers at NREL that have significant computational research efforts.

NREL’s ESIF HPC User Facility hosts EERE’s new HPC system at NREL (Eagle) and is operated as a technical user facility supporting the full depth and breadth of EERE’s programs. It provides high-speed, large-scale computational science, advanced scientific data management, and associated expertise to advance research on energy systems integration, renewable energy, and energy efficiency technologies. With a peak performance of 8.0 Petaflops, Eagle ranked among the top 30 fastest computers in the world when deployed in 2019. In addition, the ESIF facility hosting Eagle is believed to be the most energy-efficient data center in the world. The Insight Center at NREL combines state-of-the-art visualization and collaboration tools to promote knowledge discovery in energy systems research and integration. Located adjacent to the HPC data center, the Insight Center uses advanced visualization technology to provide on-site and remote viewing of experimental data, high-resolution visual imagery, and large-scale simulation data. These cross-cutting capabilities will play a critical role in realizing the Advanced Research in Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) at the laboratory level, providing nationally unique R&D capabilities to support the EERE mission.

Job Duties

The duties of this position are to assure alignment of NREL’s advanced computing activities with DOE’s priorities, to guide development and effective operation of NREL’s ESIF HPC User Facility by providing advice and support to the Center Director for Computational Sciences and the ESIF operational management, and to collaborate in developing strategic capabilities in this space.

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage NREL’s relationship with DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) as EERE’s key scientific computing facility.

  • Achieve a high level of customer satisfaction by DOE with respect to NREL’s leadership of EERE-funded Advanced Computing activities.

  • Represent NREL’s Advanced Computing efforts across multiple EERE offices in coordination with office specific LPMs, and as part of the EERE HPC Computing Working Group.

  • Team with NREL Centers, NREL LPMs, and EERE to ensure effective resource planning and allocation of Advanced Computing resources to accomplish EERE program objectives and deliver high quality outcomes. This may include coordination of a resource allocation committee.

  • Manage the ESIF HPC User Facility budget to maximize NREL’s value and impact to DOE’s mission priorities, including proposing project/portfolio changes in partnership with EERE leadership at DOE.

  • Provide a high degree of fiscal responsibility in NREL’s ESIF HPC User Facility activities, including disciplined management, execution, and monitoring of internal and subcontracted activities.

  • Actively participate in the SCEA directorate leadership team to integrate EERE Advanced Computing priorities into directorate and laboratory goals.

  • Support NREL’s response to EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and Lab Calls (Lab RFPs) that pertain to Advanced Computing.

  • Support the Director of the Computational Science center in developing high impact industry partnerships that align with DOE priorities and leverage DOE’s investments at NREL

  • Plan, arrange, and host visits and meetings at NREL by EERE staff or leaders, industry and/or associations, and universities to strengthen relationships and enhance NREL’s Advanced Computing capabilities.

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Basic Qualifications

LPM Level I:

PhD in Computational Science, Computer Science, or the Physical, Mathematical, or Engineering Sciences or related technical/engineering field and 4 or more years of experience. Or, Master's Degree in Computational Science, Computer Science, or the Physical, Mathematical, or Engineering Sciences or related technical/engineering field and 7 or more years of experience. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Computational Science, Computer Science, or the Physical, Mathematical, or Engineering Sciences or related technical/engineering field and 9 or more years of experience. Six or more years of project management experience.

LPM Level II:

PhD in Computational Science, Computer Science, or the Physical, Mathematical, or Engineering Sciences or related technical/engineering field and 9 or more years of experience. Or, Master's Degree in Computational Science, Computer Science, or the Physical, Mathematical, or Engineering Sciences or related technical/engineering field and 12 or more years of experience. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Computational Science, Computer Science, or the Physical, Mathematical, or Engineering Sciences or related technical/engineering field and 14 or more years of experience. Eight or more years of project management experience.

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Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:

  • Proven track record of sponsor or customer satisfaction in managing one or more technical projects or programs with combined annual budget of several million dollars or more.

  • At least one area of specialized knowledge and expertise related to Advanced Computing

  • Proven ability to manage and oversee complex technical programs, and to design/implement effective execution mechanisms.

  • Proven ability to think strategically, lead strategic planning, and build consensus.

  • Proven ability to form and lead high-impact, cross-organizational teams.

  • Ability to work with Executive Management, Center/Office Directors, other LPMs, and the leadership and technical staff at DOE EERE and OE.

  • Ability and willingness to conduct frequent travel to Washington DC is expected when conditions for travel return to normal.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Differentiating strength in one or more of the required knowledge, skills, and attributes.

  • Strong understanding of the context within which the program is conducted and how outcomes contribute to the sponsor's success.

  • Well established positive relationships with current EERE program leadership.

  • Deep knowledge of one or more relevant technical fields and related disciplines.

  • Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, marketing, and communication skills.

  • Strong understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices, and standards.

  • A Ph.D. in a technical discipline relevant to NREL’s Advanced Computing program.

  • High degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness.

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