Project Scientist (Electricity Markets & Policy Group)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California 94720
  • Job Type
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    Full Time

Project Scientist (Electricity Markets & Policy Group) - 87929

EA-Energy Analysis Env Impacts


Berkeley Lab’s Energy Analysis and Environment Impacts (EAEI, Division has an opening for a Project Scientist to join the Electricity Markets and Policy Group (


The Electricity Markets & Policy Group (EMP Group) informs public and private decision making within the U.S. electricity sector through independent, interdisciplinary analysis of critical electricity policy and market issues.  We envision a clean, efficient, reliable, and affordable electricity system that meets the United States’ diverse and growing energy needs.  


In this role, you will help manage and conduct technical research into a number of interdisciplinary topics ranging from energy efficiency to long-term utility planning to power system resilience/reliability.  You will publish research results in peer reviewed journals, present at conferences and meetings, assist in the management of a number of projects, develop and maintain online decision support tools and databases, help develop proposals for clients, and foster relationships with potential funding sources. 


What You Will Do:

• Assist in the development, outreach, and training associated with a number of decision support tools including, but not limited to the following systems: 

   - Resource Planning Portal (

   - eProject Builder (

   - Interruption Cost Estimate (ICE) Calculator (

   - Weather Effects on the Lifecycle of DoD Equipment Replacement (WELDER)

• Conduct applied research into the direct and indirect economic impacts from both short- and long-duration power interruptions

• Analyze project- and industry-level trends for the U.S. ESCO industry

• Evaluate long-term electric utility planning practices and trends

• Analyze critical infrastructure at risk to extreme weather, including communicating uncertainty and conducting research into the economics of infrastructure adaptation/resilience

• Contribute to technical papers for peer-reviewed journals and final reports in fulfillment of contract deliverables 

• Make presentations on research results for disparate audiences, including technical conferences and programmatic reviews

• Provide technical support to local, state, and national partners

• Assist with identifying new funding opportunities and contribute to proposal writing

• Contribute to research dissemination by hosting webinars, drafting press releases, and working with other communications points-of-contact


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 16, 2019.



• This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year Term appointment with the possibility of extension for a total of 5 years based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs

• 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

• This position has the option of working onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA or remotely but limited to Washington, D.C.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process. 


Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL, addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here (


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision ( under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here ( to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers.


What is Required:

• Ph.D. in Economics, Operations Research, Electrical Engineering with a power-systems focus, Energy/Environmental Science, or a closely related field and a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience conducting quantitative analysis and leading interdisciplinary project teams or an equivalent combination of education and experience

• Demonstrated knowledge of power systems operations, reliability standards, and techniques used in grid operations and planning

• Demonstrated skill in performing advanced quantitative analysis on economic, market, or policy issues related to power and/or critical infrastructure systems

• Strong programming skills in languages used in data analysis applications such as Python, R, Matlab, SAS, etc.

• Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate with other researchers, present results at industry and academic conferences, and writing research reports and conference papers


What We Desire:

• Demonstrated success publishing in peer-reviewed journals

• Experience developing decision support tools

• Prior experience with utilities, system operators, and/or utility regulators

• Experience working with databases (e.g., SQL) and statistical analysis software (e.g., SAS, R, Python)

• Knowledge of energy technologies, markets, and regulatory issues

• Ability to effectively interact with other researchers using collaboration tools such as Git  


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