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Energy Systems Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

Are you an energy systems expert? Are you passionate about technologies and systems for a sustainable and secure energy future?  We have an opening for an Energy Systems Scientist to support and lead projects in our diverse energy portfolio spanning climate resilient infrastructure, carbon drawdown, and distributed energy grids.  In this role, you will contribute to Livermore’s Carbon Initiative, with the ambitious goal of rolling back the causes of climate change.  You will participate in Livermore’s Energy Programs, including Energy and Resource Security and Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience to design the next generation of sustainable and secure energy systems.  This position is in the Energy group within the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will:

  • Analyze the security, performance, cost, lifecycle impacts, and policy ramifications of diverse energy innovations.
  • Design components, technologies, and systems that substantially improve the climate resilience and carbon drawdown potential over state-of-the-art.
  • Assess the resources that are available and required to meet energy, sustainability, and resilience goals at local, regional, and national scales.
  • Participate in complex projects that field-demonstrate carbon drawdown and energy resilience.
  • Communicate the importance and results of climate and infrastructure resilience R&D to technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Publish analysis and results of Carbon Initiative and Infrastructure Resilience projects in the peer reviewed literature.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the SES.4 level

  • Lead and manage supporting personnel who conduct analysis under your direct supervision.
  • Lead and develop teams to conduct and support technology demonstrations.
  • Develop new work with Federal, State, and commercial sponsors and partners in these areas.



  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • PhD. in an energy-focused field such as Earth Science, Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemical Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience in the evaluation and/or development of clean, resilient energy/environmental technology, including carbon management and energy networks.
  • Significant experience working in a team setting on energy and environmental projects.
  • Experience with formal energy systems analysis tools such as lifecycle assessment (LCA), technoeconomic analysis (TEA), risk assessment matrices.
  • Experience in energy, climate, and resilience policy analysis.
  • Advanced communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills to interact with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level

  • Significant experience leading or managing projects and teams on energy and environmental topics.
  • Significant experience collaborating across research (university, laboratory) and commercial (industry) institutions.
  • Significant experience developing new projects with State and Federal sponsors.

Qualifications we desire

  • Experience with geospatial analysis of energy resources and infrastructure systems.
  • Strong record of scientific/technical publication

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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