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Offshore Wind Engineer

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Augusta
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

The Coastal Sciences Division, headquartered at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Sequim Marine Research Operations on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, is the Department of Energy's only marine research laboratory. This unique facility and the capabilities of its researchers deliver science and technology that is critical to the nation's energy, environmental and security future.
Building upon a history of research related to marine and coastal resources, environmental chemistry, water resources modeling, ecotoxicology and biotechnology-and more recently, national and homeland security-the PNNL-Sequim campus is emerging as a leader in these three areas:

  • Enabling sustainable development of ocean energy

  • Understanding and mitigating long-term impacts of human activities, including climate change, on marine resources

  • Protecting coastal environments from security threats

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a leader in offshore wind energy research, managing the development of capabilities and technologies needed to advance the nation's wind energy systems and address wind energy market and deployment barriers. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's offshore wind capabilities in wind resource characterization, environmental monitoring and wind/wildlife impacts, wind systems integration, community values and ocean co-use, and data management can support offshore wind research partners in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing offshore wind development in the United States.
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking to hire a highly qualified ocean engineer to support our expanding offshore wind portfolio. The individual is expected to:

    • Build their reputation through application of science and engineering principles and theories and develop technical approaches to solve challenges.

    • Build networks at a local and capability level.

    • Effectively team to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level.

    • Mentoring junior staff and students.

    • Receive guidance on new assignments, make preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently complete recurring assignments.

    • Define and lead project work at the task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget.

    • Contribute to proposals.

    • Embrace expectations for quality, safety, and security.

    • Communicate the importance within the work team.

    • Participate in the external professional community.

    • Present at national or international forums.

    • Lead elements or sections of technical products.

      Specific job responsibilities include:

      • Propose, develop, and implement research projects associated with offshore wind energy development in collaboration with a team of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers.

      • Select and develop approaches on assignments related to the development of renewable ocean energy and advanced marine technology.

      • Perform statistical analysis of field data for the purposes of quality assurance.

      • Document project results through technical reports and publications.

      • Develop proposals and lead scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level.

      • Manage subcontracts, including developing statements of work, evaluating subcontracting risk, interfacing with vendors and subcontractors, managing subcontracted scope, schedule, and budget, reviewing deliverables, and approving invoices.

      • Interface routinely with project sponsor(s) to communicate project status, challenges, and successes and deliver milestones

      • Expand networks and reputation externally, particularly with offshore wind regulators, researchers, developers, consultants, and advocacy groups.

      • Disseminate appropriate information and project results through various means of communication, including presentations, reports, and media.

      • Establish a role in the technical/professional community including professional societies, offshore wind committees and working groups, other laboratories, academia, and industry.

        Minimum Qualifications:

        • BS/BA and 2 years of relevant experience -OR-

        • MS/MA -OR-

        • PhD

          Preferred Qualifications:

          • U.S. offshore wind regulatory and/or direct industry experience is preferred.

          • Technical expertise related to the deployment, operation, and maintenance of ocean buoys and marine technology.

          • Management expertise related to marine operations and logistical planning is preferred.

            Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
            Not Applicable.
            Additional Information
            Not Applicable.
            Testing Designated Position
            Not Applicable.
            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 .
            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.
            If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.
            Mandatory Requirements
            Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
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            Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance*, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave**, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan* and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

            • Research Associates excluded.

              **Once eligibility requirements are met.
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