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The Researcher II (engineer/analyst/scientist) will join a team of researchers in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC; www.nrel.gov/analysis) who perform environmental sustainability assessments of energy technologies. With objective, technology-neutral analysis, SEAC aims to increase understanding of energy policies, markets, resources, technologies, and infrastructure to address U.S. economic, security, and environmental priorities.
Job Duties include:
- Conduct and support environmental life cycle assessment studies of building materials and technologies, manufacturing processes, and renewable energy technologies through data collection, literature reviews, energy and GHG impact modeling, scenario and sensitivity analysis, and data charting and reporting.
- Support research projects and conceive/implement novel modeling and analysis methods to assess the sustainability implications of technology development
- Analyze potentially transformative changes such as the novel manufacturing and buildings materials, designs and processes
- Translate analysis results into effective and influential communication products and tools tailored to client requests and audience requirements, including high-quality journal publications, reports and conference presentations
- Contribute to the preparation of research proposals.
Master’s Degree in Chemical, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering or related. Or Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering or related and 2 or more years of experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
Skilled in problem solving and written and verbal communication.
Applicants must have demonstrated skill and experience in life cycle assessment, life cycle impact assessment methods/applications and some experience in conducting uncertainty/sensitivity/scenario analysis. Experience in life cycle assessment associated tools (openLCA, Simapro or related) and statistics. Must be detail-oriented and thorough in recordkeeping. The successful candidate will have proven abilities to develop informative papers and presentations and to manage work to meet deadlines.
- R or Python programming skills
- Course work and application with statistics
- Familiarity with buildings materials and systems, and/or industrial materials and processes.
- Strong publication record compared to peers at similar levels of education and career experience.
- Broad understanding of economy-wide implications of technology pathways
Please include a cover letter outlining your experience as it relates to the required and preferred experience outlined in this job description.
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