NREL Associate Laboratory Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (SCEA) in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Associate Laboratory Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (SCEA)



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (CSEA) is responsible for implementing and overseeing the vision and strategy for NREL’s computational science and energy analysis capabilities. The ALD is responsible for managing two research centers -- the Computational Science Center and the Strategic Energy Analysis Center as well as the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis.

The ALD is also responsible for stewarding NREL’s capabilities in high-performance computing, computational science, applied mathematics, visualization, data, and modeling of systems, technologies, policies, resources and markets. These crosscutting capabilities apply advanced data, visualization and computational tools across clean energy science and technology to derive and integrate insights to guide research and innovation. The directorate performs world-class interdisciplinary research, including the integration of physics-based modeling with empirical modeling, accessing and analyzing big data and uses advanced visualization techniques to address the complex issues associated with energy system transformation.

The ALD is responsible for keeping the directorate on the forefront of research in the assigned areas, developing new opportunities that advance the laboratory’s competitive position and impact, and ensuring that the research conducted within the directorate is high quality and that research outputs elevate NREL’s reputation as a leading research institute.

As a member of the executive leadership team, this position reports directly to the NREL laboratory director. In this role, the ALD works with the leadership to set the strategic direction for the laboratory, prioritize and oversee strategic investments, establish institutional policy, ensure institutional performance meets or exceeds the expectations of the Department of Energy and assesses and mitigates enterprise risks. The ALD is moreover responsible for managing assigned programs and key relationships across directorates on behalf of the laboratory.

This position also works directly with counterparts at DOE, collaborators at other research institutions and with partners at a wide range of government and non-governmental agencies and commercial companies. The position has a high degree of autonomy for making and implementing decisions and requires both technical knowledge and managerial skills and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations.


  • Participates as an engaged and informed member of the leadership team to develop laboratory strategy and crosscutting initiatives, set institutional priorities, report performance to the Alliance board committees, DOE and other customers and to identify and manage risk.

  • Establishes the current and long-range direction of the Directorate aimed at keeping the organization at the forefront of research in its fields of expertise:

  • Directs long-range planning for and development of programs and leading core capabilities

  • Sets priorities to ensure the best use of organization resources in defining and planning goals, objectives and programs for the achievement of organization growth and profitability

  • Assesses and communicates organization performance against plans

  • Compares the capabilities and research directions of the organization to that of other research institutions to define areas of research that are distinctive.

  • Establishes priorities for long-term research and development directions and capability development and ensures these directions are implemented through program and project plans and internal investments.

  • Defines strategy for high performance computing and energy analysis for the Directorate, aligned with NREL’s objectives and mission

  • Represents the capabilities, research directions and outcomes of the directorate collectively internally and externally.

  • Responsible for NREL support of specific DOE programs

  • Establishes expectations for excellence and continuous development, by overseeing processes and initiatives to attract and retain leading research staff, develop staff professionally and recognize staff members as appropriate for performance.

  • Seeks to continuously monitor and enhance the work environment to support creativity and innovation to ensure safe research operations, and protection of the environment. Improve and manage systems, processes and practices to support the mission and ensure compliance with requirements.

  • Earns respect of DOE and other customers, external collaborators, the Alliance Board, leadership team and senior management, and research and support staff across the Laboratory. Defines needed changes in the organization structure or underlying cultural norms. Plans implementation of changes, anticipating resistance as a normal reaction. Acts as a sponsor of change.

Basic Qualifications:

Ph.D. in specified study and appropriated related experience; or Master's Degree (M.A.) plus minimum 10 years related experience; or Bachelor's Degree (B.S./B.A.) plus minimum 15 years related experience and/or training; or appropriate combination of education and experience.

Significant technical expertise in relevant disciplines and program areas such as high performance computing, computational science, applied mathematics, visualization, data analysis is critical.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Previous management and budget administration experience required. Program strategy, development and implementation experience required. Degree in appropriate field is required. Demonstrated breadth and depth of expertise required to create aligned strategies and set direction with command of advanced industry/knowledge, and business situation versatility. Solves a wide range of complex, multi-disciplinary problems, which must consider short and long-term NREL-wide planning. Demonstrates financial and business acumen in analyzing, monitoring and actively controlling all aspects of goals and objectives for multiple Centers/Offices. Models and embeds NREL's values. Builds effective teams; creates strong morale and spirit; shares wins and successes. Accountable for Center/Office decisions and functional area outcomes.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; ability to connect with staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to hold staff accountability, cultivate creativity and innovation, and learn the strengths and weaknesses to put people in a position to succeed.

  • Comprehensive leadership skills with demonstrated ability to make decisions; innovative problem-solving required.

  • Comprehensive skill in developing and maintaining effective relationships.

  • Considerable skill in exercising multi-program oversight and administration.

  • Effective interpersonal skills, with comprehensive oral and written communications skills.

  • Must be able to develop an understanding of NREL’s business operations, strategy, core capabilities, and strategic partnership development goals.

  • Ability to plan and meet program and fiscal objectives.

  • Proficient PC skills and ability to learn new software and systems.

  • Ability to travel as required by business needs, often on short notice.

  • This position requires the ability to acquire and maintain a United States Government issued security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designation position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.


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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 energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.