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Energy Systems Scientist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
California, US
Posting live until
7 Dec 2023

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$123,960 - $159,168 Annually for the SES.2 level

$148,650 - $190,932 Annually for the SES.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

Are you an energy or infrastructure systems expert? We are seeking a highly qualified Energy Systems Scientist to support and lead projects in our diverse portfolio spanning Energy Systems, Climate Resilience, and Climate Change Impact Mitigation/Adaptation. You will apply a combination of technical depth and breadth, critical thinking, modeling, and analysis to design innovative carbon dioxide removal, management, and/or storage solutions that fit the regionally diverse needs of the United States. This position is in the Energy and Carbon Management 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. This posting may be used to hire more than one researcher.

You will

  • Develop analytical models, tools, and frameworks to characterize and assess key infrastructure and energy systems resilience-related issues;
  • Develop, evaluate, and apply physical and computational simulations to gain insight into complex infrastructure and energy systems;
  • Develop innovative and creative methods that leverage tools from a breadth of established disciplines such as systems engineering, decision analysis, risk analysis, applied statistics and optimization, and other related fields;
  • Analyze the security, performance, cost, and lifecycle impacts, of diverse energy innovations;
  • Design components, technologies, and systems that substantially improve climate resilience over state-of-the-art;
  • Collaborate with scientists and researchers across a variety of technical disciplines;
  • Communicate complex technical concepts to internal and external stakeholders in a concise and effective way;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the SES.3 level

  • Write and lead sponsored projects in the fields of energy and carbon management;
  • Manage supporting personnel who conduct analysis under your direct supervision;
  • Develop teams to conduct and support interdisciplinary technology demonstrations.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship;
  • M.S. in an energy-focused field such as Earth Science, Environmental Science, Engineering of any discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience;
  • Knowledge and experience in infrastructure systems, energy systems, or another related discipline;
  • Experience defining research questions and scoping defensible methods and approaches;
  • Experience with one or more of the following computational disciplines: geospatial (GIS) analysis, data analysis, biogeochemical modeling, community benefit plan design, or other related discipline;
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills to develop creative solutions to complex problems;
  • Experience with data analysis using one or more of the following programming tools: ArcGIS, QGIS, Python, R, MATLAB, Java, or Tableau.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • PhD. in an energy-focused field such as Earth Science, Environmental Science, Engineering of any discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience;
  • Experience leading or managing projects and teams on energy or environmental topics;
  • Experience collaborating across research (university, laboratory) and commercial (industry) institutions;
  • Experience presenting technical concepts to diverse audiences. Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and author products targeted to a variety of stakeholders.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with geospatial (GIS) analysis of energy, natural resource, communities, and infrastructure systems;
  • Experience in data analysis and data management (e.g. Jupyter Notebooks) pertinent to the water-energy-carbon nexus;
  • Experience managing multiple concurrent projects;
  • Fieldwork experience, particularly involving soil gas fluxes to/from soils;
  • Experience leading or managing projects and teams on energy and environmental topics with diverse team members;
  • Experience collaborating across research (university, laboratory) and commercial (industry) institutions;
  • Experience developing new projects with State and Federal sponsors.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Why work for us
LLNL is a recognized Glassdoor Best Places to Work where we stress work–life balance, an excellent 401K, medical, dental and vision benefits, paid leave and flexible work schedules.

Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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