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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Project Leader III -- Research Network Development in Golden, Colorado

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Project Leader III -- Research Network Development



CO - Golden


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Hours Per Week



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.

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Job Description

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) provides leading-edge, objective, high-impact research and analysis to guide global energy investment and policy decisions and to support education and human development. Focused on the nexus of energy, financial sector, and society, JISEA is guiding the transformation of the global energy economy.

NREL is seeking dynamic candidates to develop and maintain research networks supporting community work – primarily in rural and remote communities. In this position you will be engaged in collaborative efforts to deliver maximum benefits of clean energy to communities, through networks of partners. These research projects probe the effects collaborative science.

Candidates who are interested in conducting applied research to advance understanding of high impact collaborative science should apply. The core projects of this position will be related to developing and maintaining research networks that support energy transformation. As a member of the rural and remote communities cross-organizational team, the successful candidate will have expertise in working on cross-organizational teams and developing external networks of national laboratories and other research partners, as well as community organizations and other program stakeholders. Housed in JISEA, the researcher will also contribute broadly by developing networks of researchers and energy system stakeholders to execute complex projects.

Job Activities:

  • Plan and develop networks of performers to maximize benefits of clean energy to rural and remote communities

  • Support programs at NREL in growing their research networks

  • Analyze and present experimental findings to colleagues, collaborators, and Department of Energy

  • Lead task-level activities and projects

  • Work in project teams (including internal and external collaborations) to achieve project goals and meet deliverables

  • Publish results in peer reviewed journals and present at technical conferences

  • Contribute to proposal writing and other activities for acquisition of research funding

  • Attend networking conferences, meetings, and events


Basic Qualifications

Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Advanced understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Advanced knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.


Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in social and behavioral science, social policy, innovation in society, sociology justice studies, law, economics, stakeholder engagement and development or other related disciplines

  • A keen understanding of rural and remote community energy context and needs

  • A network of research and community partners with a track record of executing on projects collaboratively in complex funding environments with multiple competing stakeholder priorities

  • Experience in building new business and research networks and relationships

  • Expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research and a research interest in clean energy and rural development opportunities

  • Demonstrated experience in management of projects

  • Experience mentoring and advising, and receiving mentoring and advising from, other peer researchers within a large research project.


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

Job Profile: Project Manager III / Annual Salary Range: $75,500 - $135,900

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- and long-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; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. 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. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition 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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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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