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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Advisor - Electricity Infrastructure in Topeka, Kansas


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division (EI&BD) is one of PNNL’s most innovative teams, working at the forefront of some of America’s toughest energy challenges, employing multi-disciplinary teams to solve national-scale problems. Within EI&BD, the Distributed Systems Group (DSG) is internationally recognized for innovative and impactful research focusing 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.

PNNL develops energy innovation opportunities for rural America through adapted technologies, new economic and business models, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders to build the future resilient electric grid. DSG is seeking an Advisor with demonstrated experience in energy infrastructure development projects to support our research mission to develop a decarbonized, flexible, resilient, and secure energy system.


Successful candidate will leverage strong field experience and expertise in energy infrastructure in rural environments.

Core responsibilities:

  • Provide project and program leadership across multiple technical fields and public policy drivers.

  • Design responsive programs, technology and analytical solutions, and models for technical assistance.

  • Cultivate or represent the laboratory in partnerships with existing rural energy networks and emerging constituencies.

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Exert positive influence across a broad spectrum of stakeholders and interest groups with internal and external organizations, the public, and the community.

  • Regularly collaborate and negotiate with senior national/international government officials as a PNNL and DOE representative and make recommendations that set precedent for future decisions and strongly influence national/international policies and decisions.

  • Drives organizational goals, including PNNL strategic planning and prioritizing research objectives in energy infrastructure development and renewable energy deployment.

  • Builds strong multidisciplinary R&D teams able to impact the scientific and technological challenges associated with understanding market, technical, and regulatory barriers.

  • Develops the strategy and manages day-to-day science and technology activities, providing scientific and technical authority, leadership, and direction.

  • Leads scoping, scheduling, and budgeting of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs. Involved in planning for long-term technical capabilities that deliver national impact.

  • Mentors other Laboratory scientists and engineers and is technical resource to other staff members and assists in attracting top scientist/engineer talents to PNNL.

  • Establishes the approach for developing technological applications to meet client needs.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS 10+ years of experience

  • MS 6+ years of experience

  • PhD 3+ years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years professional experience in energy infrastructure development, operation, costs, design, and barriers.

  • Strong knowledge of electric grid regulatory, financial, institutional, and policy fundamentals.

  • Established expert in renewable energy deployment domain and standard practices.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Demonstrated experience working in rural contexts.

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 hr@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.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.