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Clean Energy Researcher

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: December 26, 2022
Reference Code: 18930
Are you passionate about advancing an equitable clean energy transition and excited about the intersection of advanced technology, critical infrastructure, and social justice? If so, this may be a good position!
Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) Energy Systems group within the Energy and Environment Science & Technology (EES&T) Directorate is seeking forward-thinking, creative professionals interested in a career driving clean energy research! This team works a hybrid or remote 9x80 schedule located at our Energy System Laboratory facility with every other Friday off.
EES&T's role and mission is to develop and advance clean, and secure energy systems essential to national security, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability. It embodies science and engineering functions that contribute to enabling technologies for today's national energy portfolio. It also augments the country's technical ability to collaborate on and overcome critical energy and water challenges that already impact tomorrow's energy choices.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Supports and integrates actions, activities, projects, and initiatives of the EES&T Directorate's Integrated Mission Plan and other INL research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) efforts.
  • Contribute to work on research projects, take advantage of mentorship and training opportunities, work with the communications team to ensure impactful dissemination of results, and contribute to proposal development.
  • Conduct research activities, including supporting the development and execution of work plans in coordination with the team and under guidance of the principal investigator and group lead.
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate experimental results.
  • Publish results in technical reports, trade journal publications, and peer-review journal publications and conferences.
  • Support and/or lead research proposals and support the development of strategic plans relevant to area of expertise.


Minimum Requirements:
  • Master's degree in engineering, physical science, computer science or related field or bachelor's degree in engineering, physical science, computer science or related field plus two years' experience.
  • Experience with energy systems, power systems, water resources, mechanical systems, or related topic.
  • Demonstrated professional writing and project execution experience.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and a creative vision for the future.
  • Expertise in at least one of the following focus areas:
  1. Modeling and simulation - for example, dynamic process modeling using physically-based or machine learning methods of clean energy systems.
  2. Integrated energy systems - for example, co-optimization of systems involving heat and electricity. Such systems may include nuclear energy generation, geothermal, intermittent renewable generation, and utilization of the energy such as hydrogen production and utilization, and heat intensive industrial processes.
  3. Techno-economic assessment of energy systems - for example, quantifying the economic value of energy storage deployments across value streams like energy arbitrage and transmission expansion deferral.
  • Interest and preferably experience in program development and communications - for example, customer acquisition, grant proposal development, and dissemination of results.
  • Strong technical base but may be lacking advanced technical skills needed to lead projects.
  • Desire and ability to learn skills quickly.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are required.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Demonstrated technical understanding, research collaborations, and professional recognition through an established publication and/or patents record in one or more of the topics listed in the position role.
  • Prior industry, national laboratory, and/or governmental agency experience working on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience writing effective proposals.
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 210 ($91,032 - $150,156)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities, and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.