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Senior Associate Project Manager - Energy Systems Research

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Little Rock
Posted on: June 4, 2024

Job Description:


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a decarbonized, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through basic and applied research. We leverage a strong technical foundation in power and energy systems and advanced data analytics to drive innovation, transform markets, and shape energy policy.

The Distributed Systems Group (DSG) is focused on designing, testing, and applying edge solutions to enhance the resiliency and efficiency of our Nation's infrastructure and of distributed sites that rely on that infrastructure, while paving the way for integrating large numbers of devices into a holistic energy system.


DSG is looking for a Project Manager to support a range of grid-related research. The position will focus on complex problems related to distributed energy resources, grid planning, vehicle-to-grid integration, and interconnection among others. Management of these projects will require knowledge and oversight of asset and grid-scale modeling, data analysis, research in regulatory and utility practice, stakeholder and sponsor engagement, and other features.

Responsibilities of this position may include (but are not limited to):

Provide effective leadership and direction of small to mid-sized, complex projects that draw on resources across the Lab.

Build and lead interdisciplinary project teams.

Oversee laboratory research projects on grid modernization, electrification, renewable energy integration, and distributed energy resources, with grid modeling and analysis as core elements.

Partner with research staff, relationship managers, and project management office directors on proposal development, including definition of scope, schedule, budget, and risk assessment.

Maintain knowledge competency in project management principals and industry best practices.

Collaborate with a broad network of experts across other national labs, academia, industry, and technical societies.

The successful candidate will be accountable to the Distributed Systems Group Leader and the Team Leader for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution and will work with project management office directors, principal investigators, and other project/program managers to ensure delivery of project work on time and within budget.


Minimum Qualifications:

BS/BA and 7+ years of relevant project management experience -OR-

MS/MA or higher and 5+ years of relevant project management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Degree in electrical engineering or similar technical degrees, or equivalent experience, that demonstrates strong fundamental understanding of engineering principles in the electric system.

Expertise and interest in grid modernization, electrification, renewable energy integration, and/or distributed energy resources.

Experience working on and managing U.S. Department of Energy funded projects.

Experience coordinating with electric power utilities and regulatory bodies.

Strong communication skills with regard to grid operational fundamentals, today's energy challenges and issues, and new energy technologies.

Experience working with communities and diverse stakeholders.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable.

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab's campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement

In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential. To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation. This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year. This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Rockstar Rewards

Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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Minimum Salary

USD $109,400.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $174,800.00/Yr.

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