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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Advisor - Grid Modernization Planning in Jefferson City, Missouri


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.


We are seeking an Advisor – Grid Modernization Planning to lead a portfolio of high-impact research activities at the intersection of advanced analytics, modeling, and policy to enable a decarbonized, reliable, and resilient power system. A primary role of the advisor will be standing up and directing a newly formed Grid Center for Reliable Electricity Decarbonization (GridCRED) that will provide science-based, stakeholder-informed policy and decision support to regional grid planners and operators. The position will involve facilitating public-private engagement in regional grid planning, engaging innovators to test and evaluate new analytic tools and methods, establishing a new model for industry-government collaboration on the data acquisition, use and sharing, and embracing participative community processes that promote energy equity and environmental justice.

Specific responsibilities of the Advisor position include:

  • Using extensive experience and deep understanding of existing theories, principles, and concepts in grid modernization planning and distributed energy resource integration challenges to provide holistic solutions to stakeholders.

  • Leading the capture of funding to develop new research opportunities and partnering across a broad set of program offices in the Department of Energy, State of Washington, and other state and federal agencies.

  • Shaping the technical strategy and operating model for new grid analytics research center.

  • Providing technical leadership to multi-disciplinary teams working at the intersection of multi-scale system modeling, application of advanced computing, power market design, and energy policy to develop new decision support tools and actionable information.

  • Cultivating and representing the laboratory in partnerships with regional grid planning stakeholders and interest groups, including utilities, tribes, energy NGOs, regulators, and technology providers in the Pacific Northwest and in other regions of the county.

  • Making recommendations that set precedent for future decisions and strongly influence regional and national policies and decisions at highest levels.

  • Mentoring other mid- and early-career staff members.

  • Travel to execute projects, build relationships, and maintain leadership in the field.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 7 years of relevant experience -OR-

  • MS/MA or higher and 5 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

The Advisor – Grid Modernization Planning is a technical leadership position that requires an understanding of integrated, multi-scale energy system models, operational challenges associated with distributed energy resources integration at scale, and the evolving energy market, policy, and regulatory landscape. The selected candidate will be future leaning, capable of thinking through how decisions today will impact the grid of the future, and a skilled interdisciplinary problem solver. Preferred qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's degree 10 plus years of experience, Master's degree 6 plus years of experience or PhD 3 plus years of experience.

  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Engineering, Systems Engineering or a related technical field.

  • Possesses the ability to broadly apply principles, standards, theories, and concepts of systems engineering to the development and implementation of new tools including applications, algorithms, models, and visualization techniques.

  • Nationally recognized for thought leadership in grid modernization planning and/or policy concepts with active participation in national forums for power systems.

  • In-depth understanding of power grid operations and planning.

  • Knowledge of utility industry economics and business processes.

  • Experience leading the large technical teams.

  • Exceptional communication skills with a track record of effectively translating complex technical concepts to policymakers, planners, and other decision-makers.

  • Experience developing large-scale research proposals.

  • Extensive professional network within the power systems engineering, utility, and/or energy regulatory community.

  • Experience using and contributing to the development of large-scale power system models.

Preferred candidate will be onsite at either the Richland, WA, Seattle, WA, or the Portland, OR office.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

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 careers@pnnl.gov .

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.

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.

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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 $160,000.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $264,000.00/Yr.