Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division has an opening for a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate. The Energy Efficiency Standards (EES) group offers a broad range of expertise primarily in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Appliance & Equipment Standards program and its mission to promulgate standards that achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is both technologically feasible and economically justified. EES develops a unique and powerful set of core capabilities, including: energy policy analysis, cost-benefit assessment, including uncertainty and variability analysis, product life-cycle cost analysis, energy modeling and forecasting, environmental impacts assessment, economic research, national impacts analysis, and advanced technology and market assessment. EES analyses cover a range of products, including residential appliances, commercial and industrial equipment, and lighting systems. EES also supports the ENERGY STAR program for some products.
The Senior Scientific Engineering Associate will provide technical support, applying engineering and scientific concepts, with an emphasis on tool development, data management, and analyses related to appliance and equipment energy use, life-cycle analysis, energy efficiency, and national impact analyses.
What You Will Do:
Investigate, create and develop analytical methods and computational tools to improve the energy, economic and environmental analyses of energy efficiency policies. Develop analytical tools for the models and statistical programs to test the analytical results.
Provide technical support to the economic and policy research and analysis of issues associated with appliance standards, appliance markets and shipments, and energy/water use.
Provide technical expertise to comprehensive research into home appliance markets and usage.
Develop complex modeling tools in support of energy efficiency standards analyses.
Develop and manage complex and large databases in support of the analyses for home appliances and other energy consuming products. Organize and work with large amounts of data using various types of software such as simulation tools, spreadsheets, and database programs.
Provide expertise in handling complex analytical problems using data on home appliance markets, technologies, and consumer behavior.
Write or oversee the writing of sections of the Technical Support Documents and Federal Register Notices for efficiency standards project. Describe details of technical and economic analyses performed; prepare tables and figures for supporting documents.
Act as liaison between PI's / Scientists, technical, other LBNL employees, and external contacts.
What is Required:
Present at DOE public meetings and describe analyses performed to a diverse set of stakeholders including industry representatives and environmental advocacy groups. Prepare presentations for the public meeting.
Author or contribute to conference papers and presentations, refereed journal articles, LBNL reports, technical documentation, and presentations, summarizing methods, data sources, results, and/or energy and economic implications. Prepare communication materials for a broad range of internal and external audience.
Bachelor's degree in mathematical sciences, engineering, economics, or over five years of related experience
Programming experience with Python or C++.
Demonstrated understanding and experience with model development and economic analyses in order to determine the consumer life-cycle cost impacts and national economic impacts of various appliance standards and emerging technologies.
Familiarity with underlying factors and datasets related to energy use of appliances and commercial equipment.
Understanding of advanced mathematical, economic, statistical, physical, and socio-political concepts with demonstrated capability to apply those concepts in the development of complex models and analysis tools.
Demonstrated capability using R, SAS, Python, Stata, or SPSS for statistical analysis.
Proven capability of using Excel for data management, advanced spreadsheet programming, quantitative analysis, mathematical modeling, and graphing.
Knowledge of potential customer needs and new research opportunities.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including ability to identify and obtain information from diverse sources, collaborate with other researchers, present results at meetings, and write reports.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively, providing, sharing and receiving creative ideas.
Experience working with high volume data (big data), time series, dynamic systems, stochastic models and predictive models is a plus.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Advanced degree in mathematical sciences, engineering, economics and experience in Energy Policy.
Thorough understanding of the broader framework in which DOE Appliance Standards Program and associated research are included.
Strong quantitative and scientific computing skills are desirable.
Familiarity with economic and policy evaluation and financial analysis desired.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on January 3, 2018.
This is a full time career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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