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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Grid Systems Analyst (Early Career) in Golden, Colorado

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Grid Systems Analyst (Early Career)



CO - Golden


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Hours Per Week



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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.

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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.

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Job Description

Job Description The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking multiple early career professionals to join the Grid Systems Group of the Grid Planning and Analysis Center (GPAC).  GPAC research staff contribute to an exciting portfolio of energy research & analysis, applying advanced modeling and simulation tools to optimally plan for, design, and analyze distribution and bulk power systems. Grid Systems is one of four groups within GPAC, focused on bulk system planning of both domestic and international power systems.

The Grid Systems team consists of power engineers, software developers, modelers, computing experts, systems thinkers, and life-long learners who strive to push the boundaries of innovation, integrated analysis, and computational tool development.

Come join a team that conducts research & analysis on the impact of specific technologies on the evolving grid, including variable generation, energy storage, hydropower, demand response, and transmission.

Example types of ongoing research and analysis include:

  • Supporting U.S. and international communities in pursuing clean energy

  • Providing technical modeling and analysis to inform decision making

  • Studying the design, integration, and impacts of new technologies and systems

  • Understanding the impacts of climate change and extreme events

We partner with DOE, other federal agencies, states, utilities, ISO/RTOs, communities, and technology developers on grid planning and analysis.

Our work informs policymakers and utilities by developing and analyzing future grid scenarios that answer big questions about how the electric grid is transforming.

This position seeks an early career professional who wants to learn and be part of grid planning and analysis.

What we can offer:

  • A collaborative, supportive, and fun work environment

  • Training to build upon or learn new technical skills

  • Portfolios of research that facilitate a clean, low-carbon energy future Projects, professional development, and growth opportunities to help you meet your career goals

  • A professional environment that encourages innovation and imaginative thinking to understand and plan the future electric power system

  • Adaptable schedule to promote work-life balance.

Job responsibilities may include:

  • Contributing to the development and advancement of grid modeling tools with guidance from senior staff

  • Executing models, analyzing and interpreting results, and communicating outcomes for reports and presentations

  • Researching, acquiring, organization, and analysis of large data sets Collaborating with analysts & researchers across grid and other energy sectors in modeling and analysis

  • Supporting the writing and publishing of results of analyses in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports

Please Submit a Cover Letter with your application


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Master's Degree. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience. General knowledge and application of engineering technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Training in team, task or project leadership responsibilities. Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques. Beginning experience in project management. Good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Experience or familiarity Python, Julia, R or other programming languages

  • Ability to working independently and in team setting

  • Written and oral communication and interpersonal skills

  • Experience with solution-oriented problem-solving

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Power Systems, Mechanical), Physics, Economics, Applied Energy, Statistics, Geospatial Science or related field

  • Professional experience in research institutions or industry.

  • Experience or familiarity in analysis of the integration of renewable generation, or an interest energy sector policy/regulatory analysis, or wholesale power markets.

  • Experience or familiarity with transmission modeling and analysis, including but not limited to production cost modeling, capacity expansion modeling, or power flow software

  • Previous related research, internship, or project experience

  • Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Power Systems, Mechanical), Physics, Economics, Applied Energy, Statistics, Geospatial Science or related field

  • Professional experience in research institutions or industry.


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $68,000 - $112,200

Offers 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 Summary

Benefits 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

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