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Postdoctoral Researcher - Energy Justice Analysis
National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado
 
 
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Date Posted 06/30/2022
Category
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Researcher - Energy Justice Analysis

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)

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Hours Per Week

40

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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols

Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. However, employees may seek an exemption from this requirement as an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Upon hire, new employees must submit a request for accommodation or be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. Those without proof of vaccination may be required to participate in weekly testing for access to an NREL site.

Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.

Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.

Job Description

As the only national laboratory solely dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy research, NREL focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. To help us answer the challenge, we are seeking a proactive postdoctoral researcher to support the development of a new world-class equity and clean energy research capability for the laboratory. Specifically, the successful candidate will support the design and evaluation of strategies and pathways to achieve specific outcomes that reflect justice. The strategies will provide details on the suite of policy, regulatory, and programmatic actions that can enable specific equitable outcomes, and associated costs and/or benefits.

A successful candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in community engagement, applied ethnographic methods, participatory planning methods, urban infrastructure projects, be proactive by nature, laser focused on details, and work well in multidisciplinary diverse teams. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to conduct and analyze qualitative interviews as well as translate qualitative data into quantitative inputs and actionable findings and metrics. This person will demonstrate an ability to communicate well with a diverse range of stakeholders (i.e., local communities, environmental justice groups, government authorities). The successful candidate will be fluent in English and Spanish. The candidate will also be well versed in project management and stakeholder engagement. Some familiarity with urban design software tools and community mapping methodologies is preferred.

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Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.

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Additional Required Qualifications

  • Responsible for project management, project planning and project execution, including goal setting and evaluation
  • Designs, conducts and documents discussions, meetings, interviews, and focus groups
  • Helps identify metrics and develop methodologies for the metrics
  • Supports with design of survey questions and coordination with survey company

  • Engages in community mapping of key Environmental Justice concerns with stakeholders
  • Analyzes data from the qualitative research components (meetings, surveys, etc.)
  • Writes literature review(s)
  • Develops feedback loop methodology
  • Analyzes qualitative data for the technical memos
  • Works well within a highly collaborative environment

Preferred Qualifications

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Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Job Profile: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $69,400 - $114,500

NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short-term disability insurance*; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; and paid holidays. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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

NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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