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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Group Manager – Data Analysis and Visualization in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Group Manager – Data Analysis and Visualization

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Regular

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Hours Per Week

40

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

Annual Salary Range: $127,900 - $230,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. 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.

Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking an accomplished leader for the role of Data, Analysis, and Visualization (DAV) group manager within the Computational Science Center (CSC). NREL’s Computational Science Center conducts research and provides cross-cutting capabilities and solutions including systems operation, advanced computer science, visualization, data science, applied math, and computational science to advance NREL’s mission. The core mission of the DAV group is to provide research and operational expertise necessary to convert data into knowledge, and to help researchers make observational data actionable. Key activities include scientific visualization, data analysis, data-focused predictive modeling using statistics, learning algorithms, digital twins and AI and data management for scientific data. The DAV group stewards capability to collect and stream data from connected labs and remote observations and operates the ESIF Insight Center. The Insight Center at NREL combines state-of-the-art visualization and collaboration tools to promote knowledge discovery in energy systems research and integration. Located adjacent to the HPC data center, the Insight Center uses advanced visualization technology to provide on-site and remote viewing of experimental data, high-resolution visual imagery, and large-scale simulation data.

This leader will serve as a Group Manager reporting to the CSC Center Director and lead the DAV group with a focus on excellence in organizational management and in developing strategic capabilities and programs in support of the center and lab’s vision, strategy, and mission execution. It is expected that the successful candidate will also maintain an active role in technical contributions and program development in collaboration with the lab advanced computing program manager and CSC Center Director.

Job Duties

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide vision, strategic planning and leadership to the DAV team.

  • Provide technical leadership for the “day-to-day” operations of complex data and visualization capabilities, services and ongoing project work.

  • Collaborate with the CSC Operations group to maintain infrastructure for data centric computing

  • Oversee day-to-day operation of Insight center

  • Assess new data intensive computing technologies and capability enhancements

  • Work closely with other group managers to develop strategic staffing plans and recruit world class talent

  • Collaborate to enable development and maintenance of world-class capabilities in data-intensive computing and visualization

  • Hold regular team meetings to review strategic priorities, promote team cohesion and provide growth and professional development paths for staff

  • Effectively manage DAV with respect to staffing, finances, performance review, and other administrative functions necessary for proper execution.

  • Actively support workforce development by providing coaching, mentoring, training, and other development opportunities for staff and managers.

  • Honor NREL’s employment opportunity, affirmative action, and anti-sexual-harassment programs, policies, and procedures.

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Basic Qualifications

This role can be hired at a Group Manager II or a Group Manager III level.

Group Manager II

Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational Science, Engineering or related and 9 years in technically related research discipline; Or, Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational Science, Engineering or related and 7 years in technically related research discipline; Or, PhD in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational Science, Engineering or related and 4 years in technically related research discipline.

Group Manager III

Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational Science, Engineering or related and 14 years in technically related research discipline; Or, Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational Science, Engineering or related and 12 years in technically related research discipline; Or, PhD in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Computational Science, Engineering or related and 9 years in related technical research discipline

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Additional Required Qualifications

Demonstrated skill in dealing with legal and ethical management issues and practices. Broad and in-depth knowledge of the issues and best practices in the applicable field of expertise. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Proven problem-solving and negotiation skills. Ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization.

Preferred Qualifications

Required Knoweldge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Previous management, project management, budget development and/or significant leadership in an individual contributor role required.

  • Ability to lead and direct personnel with diverse skills, work styles and values, both directly and through subordinate management.

  • Customer and solution-oriented problem-solving skills

  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships internally to NREL and externally with sponsors and research partners.

  • Ability to bridge interdisciplinary gaps between domain language (engineering, science) and computing solution language.

  • Passion for identifying and articulating the role of visualization, digital twins, uncertainty quantification and AI/learning in providing decision support and advancing renewable energy research

  • Ability to develop multi-year capital plans

  • Ability to architect, deploy and maintain virtual and containerized workflows

  • Abilities in data centric computing technologies, database systems (PostgreSQL, MySQL) and clustered platforms such as Kafka, Druid, Elasticsearch, Spark, and Hadoop.

  • Solid understanding of networked computing environment concepts.

  • Experience in architecting systems, software and solutions to support the capture and management of experimental, observational, theoretical and big data sources.

  • Familiarity with traditional HPC environments as well as commercial & private cloud computing services and solutions (e.g., MPI, OpenStack, Kubernetes, Singularity, etc.)

  • Desire to advance the frontier of data science, edge computing, and learning to solve applied high impact problems

Preferred Skills:

  • Degree and accomplishments in a technical discipline relevant to the DAV mission

  • Agile software development experience

  • Thought leadership in multi-disciplinary collaborations

  • Past leadership accomplishment, including managing a diverse multi-disciplinary team

  • Exceptional leadership potential, to include: conceptual thinking ability; excellent oral and written communication skills; differentiated interpersonal, collaborative, and negotiating skills; ability to inspire and motivate personnel and model critical leadership skills and values; ability to engage effectively with both computational and analysis communities; and initiative, creativity, and communication skills necessary to effectively propose new or expanded research efforts to the DOE as well as industrial and academic partners.

  • Knowledge of the renewable energy sector.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE-sponsored security clearance.

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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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EEO Policy

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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.

NREL is subject to Department of Energy (DOE) access restrictions. All candidates must be authorized to access the facility per DOE rules and guidance within a reasonable time frame for the specified position in order to be considered for an interview. DOE rules for site access during the interview process are the same regardless of whether the candidate is interviewed on-site, off-site, or via telephone or videoconference. Additionally, DOE contractor employees are prohibited from participating in certain Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs (FGTRPs). If a candidate is currently participating in an FGTRP, they will be required to disclose their participation after receiving an offer of employment and may be required to disengage from participation in the FGTRP prior to commencing employment. Any offer of employment is conditional on the ability to obtain work authorization and to be granted access to NREL by the Department of Energy (DOE). We understand that COVID-19 may have caused delays or closures at offices, consulates, and embassies. However, NREL cannot make exceptions to work authorization and access requirements, and exceptions to these requirements are not being made for COVID-19 related delays.

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