NREL Group Manager: Photovoltaic Cell and Module Performance in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Group Manager: Photovoltaic Cell and Module Performance

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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

NREL is seeking an experienced and dynamic leader to provide technical vision, strategic leadership, guidance, intellectual asset stewardship, management, and direction for NREL’s Photovoltaic Cell and Module Performance (CMP) group. This world-renowned group pioneered many of the techniques for PV performance characterization that are now standardized across the globe. The team continues to advance the state of the art in PV performance measurement. NREL’s CMP labs provide the lowest accredited uncertainty in the world for calibration of PV primary reference cells, secondary reference cells, and secondary reference modules. https://pvdpc.nrel.gov/

This position provides the strategic leadership required to guide the direction of the CMP group to ensure relevance to the rapidly evolving needs of the PV industry and research community. Clients include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), internal NREL PV R&D projects, plus many industry and university clients. The ideal candidate will develop and enhance technical capabilities relevant to advancing PV performance measurements, ensure timely, accurate, and reliable PV performance measurements for all stakeholders in the US DOE PV program, disseminate knowledge to PV community, support international standards, and curate world records for PV cells and modules. The candidate will represent NREL's efforts in PV performance measurements at technical, business, and stakeholder events.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead and guide the operation of NREL’s CMP laboratories. This includes daily interactions with internal and external customers, technical oversight of staff and lab facilities, and serving as technical manager for ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 accreditation.

  • Serve as principal investigator for CMP’s primary contract with the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, including proposal writing, quarterly reporting, financial management, and ensuring successful completion of project milestones.

  • Manage the CMP’s online e-commerce systems, internal database and workflow management systems.

  • Lead the group’s education and outreach efforts to the PV community including stewardship of NREL’s online charts for record PV cells and record PV modules, authorship of the bi-annual Progress in PV Record Efficiency tables, provide guidance on best practices in PV performance measurements, and support international PV standards.

  • Provide the vision to adapt the group’s technical strengths to the changing needs of the PV industry.

  • Build new competencies to attract new research and development opportunities.

  • Oversee group planning and budgeting to ensure fiscal responsibility.

  • Increase the group’s impact through building client and partner relationships.

  • Engage with the PV industry and stay current with market trends.

  • Seek feedback on NREL's efforts in PV performance measurements, including annual meetings with the CMP’s external advisory board.

  • Lead response to funding opportunities from DOE and other sources, including identification of opportunities and contributions to successful proposals.

  • Manage group staff including: hiring, coaching, counseling, motivating, and evaluating performance.

  • Ensure staff members understand and are compliant with policies and procedures.

  • Create a supportive work environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, effectively enabling staff to reach their full potential.

  • Manage the implementation of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and sexual harassment programs, policies and procedures within the center.

The ideal candidate for this role will possess the following qualities:

  • An advanced degree in physics, electrical engineering, or other relevant discipline.

  • At least five years’ experience in PV device performance measurements.

  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in PV device performance measurements.

  • Extensive knowledge of semiconductor device physics, optics, spectroscopy, electronic instrumentation, data acquisition and control, and uncertainty analysis.

  • Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices.

  • The proven ability to solve a variety of multi-dimensional problems in absence of guidelines or precedents.

  • Proven negotiation skills.

  • Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • The ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • The demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

Our ideal candidate would:

  • Embody and model NREL values.

  • Keep abreast of key issues affecting the PV industry.

  • Be an effective team builder by creating strong morale and spirit. Shares wins and successes as a team.

  • Have the demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles, and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

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Desired Education, Experience, and Skills

Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required. Degree in appropriate field is required. Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices. Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise. Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills. Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills. Ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization.

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Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Previous management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required. Degree in appropriate field is required. Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices. Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise. Excellent organization, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills. Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills. Ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization. Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

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Preferred Qualifications

A strong record of technical accomplishment in the area of PV performance measurement.

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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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EEO Policy

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