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Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Research Scientist-Energy and Natural Resource Policy


Date posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Job Details:

Research Scientist – Energy and Natural Resource Policy (Program Manager, Clean Energy Policy)

 

Department: Research Operations

Office/Group: Environment/Energy

Reports to: Vice President, COO

 

GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB
Person will be responsible for performing grant program design, implementation and management, stakeholder outreach and engagement, grant management, and policy research in support of energy and natural resource policy. Work should involve a high degree of expertise, creative insight, and technical skill. It may include directing or managing the operation of a research program or components of a large research program.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned.

 

Major Duties

 

  • Develop and manage clean energy consortium that will include the participation of key organizations in the clean energy ecosystem; consortium to be funded through subscriptions, memberships and grant funds.
  • Plan, direct and perform outreach and collaborative decision making in complex situations. Design, organize, recruit, and lead collaborative problem-solving projects on critical energy and natural resource issues.
  • Track current and emerging issues related to energy and natural resource policy.
  • Plan, direct and perform complex studies focused energy management and how policies can support a more sustainable energy future.
  • Identify and assess trends related to sustainability best practices in the public and private sector.
  • Identify and assess trends related to funding/financing of clean energy programs in the public and private sector.
  • Prepare policy white papers, briefing materials, studies, and reports.

 

Proposal Development

  • Identify potential new funding sources.
  • Write white papers and proposals for submission to funding sources.
  • Develop project budgets to achieve objectives and desired outcomes in creative and cost effective ways.
  • Investigate the feasibility of applying a wide variety of principles and concepts to developing products and solving problems related to HARC’s mission.

 

Project Management

  • Plan and execute or manage grant funded programs.
  • Manage project teams, budgets, and timely completion of project deliverables.
  • Responsible for the management of one or more project teams, including Business Affairs personnel.

 

 

 

Internal focus

  • Collaborate with other HARC researchers on multidisciplinary projects.
  • Initiate and promote teamwork, shared learning and integrated approaches to sustainability.
  • May supervise the activities of other personnel.
  • Serve as an in-house mentor.
  • Advise executive management.
  • Use professional knowledge and skills to contribute to the achievement of HARC’s mission.
  • Serves on committees or working groups as assigned.

 

External focus

  • Makes contributions to discipline through the creation of publications, technical reports, software applications, web sites, conferences and external presentations.
  • Initiates and promotes external collaboration and integrated approaches to sustainability.
  • May act as spokesperson on HARC research or development.

 

Continuing Education

  • Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles, theories and practices in his/her discipline.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Education/Experience:
Ph.D. in a scientific discipline with a minimum of 4 years experience in a research and/or development environment; or Master's with a minimum of 8 years experience; or a Bachelor's with a minimum of 12 years experience; or equivalent degrees with a demonstrated working knowledge of disciplinary specialty.

 

Language Ability:
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

 

Math Ability:
Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis.

 

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

 

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, internet and email software as well as project specific software.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Directly supervises 1-3 employees based on project needs. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); outdoor weather conditions and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

 

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.


Specialties Desired:

CEM Certified Energy Manager
Energy Engineer
Energy Manager
Energy Sector
Energy, Environment & Plant Engineering
Engineer
Experienced Engineer
Research Engineering

Contact:
Toby Lee, HR Specialist
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
4800 Research Forest Dr
The Woodlands TX 77381
USA
Phone: 281-364-6012 
tlee@harcresearch.org


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