Data/Software Engineer I

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Baltimore, MD
United States
Job Description
**Posting Title**

Data/Software Engineer I



CO - Golden


**Position Type**



**Hours Per Week**



**Working at NREL**

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

**Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives,** and **see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.**

**Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.**

**Job Description**

**Our Team**

You will join a team where everyone is striving to improve their knowledge of software development best-practices, while caring about creating the best possible solution to cutting edge problems. Our team creates secure, reusable, and efficient code, while supporting a variety of teams:

+ A collaborative, fast paced, and fun work environment.

+ Endless opportunities to learn and grow from experienced professionals in both web development and renewable energy.

+ Work developing cutting-edge projects and contributing to research in the renewable energy industry.

+ A life-long desire to build better a future through technology and data.

NREL is seeking a skilled entry level Data/Software Engineer to join our Data Engineering Group. This role will help to design, build, and maintain scalable and robust applied data engineering solutions that will drive our analytics and data-driven decision-making capabilities. The Data Engineering team is a multi-disciplinary team of data and software engineers, data scientists, and product developers that are at the forefront of developing advanced data solutions for strategic energy analysis at scale. Our work is focused on making energy data and software more accessible, usable, and actionable for researchers and engineers at NREL and beyond. We are tackling the climate challenge head-on and need your expertise to build the data frameworks that power the clean energy transition.

**Key Responsibilities:**

+ Train and deploy machine learning models to accelerate data processes for energy research.

+ Explore the use of large language models to enable better energy systems research.

+ Proactively research and integrate new technologies, tools, and best practices in data and software engineering.

+ Develop bespoke applications using diverse technologies and hybrid (on-prem/cloud/HPC) solutions that meet specific requirements of our varied client projects.

+ Work closely with data scientists, analysts, and stakeholders to improve data collection, processing methods, and develop tailored software solutions.

+ Develop documentation of data, software, processes and procedures as appropriate.


**Basic Qualifications**

Relevant Bachelor's Degree . Basic knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Good analytical and problem solving skills. Good written and verbal communication skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.

*** Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.**

**Additional Required Qualifications**

+ Familiarity with best-practice object-oriented software development and design.

+ Experience developing software and analyzing data with Python.

+ Demonstrated experience with building and deploying Large Language Models and other Machine Learning Models.

+ Experience with version control (git/Github)

+ Knowledge of machine learning frameworks, statistical analysis, and algorithm optimization.

+ Excellent analytical, creative problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills.

+ Familiarity with cloud services (such as AWS S3/Glue/Athena/Lambda, Azure Blob Storage, GCP Storage/BigQuery), data warehousing solutions, and containerization technologies (Docker, Kubernetes).

+ Knowledge of databases and common data structures.

+ Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.

+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

+ Demonstrated ability to work and learn across many tasks in a collaborative team environment.

**Preferred Qualifications**

The ideal candidate will have a strong blend of both data engineering and software engineering skills with the ability to work on hybrid tech stacks and with ML and AI expertise. Cross-cutting, multi-disciplined candidates will be preferred as we are looking for an engineer who can be a “data-do-all” that can implement high quality, production ready code to solve a variety of research and big data problems. Strong candidates will have many of the following expertise:

+ Experience with big data (tens to hundreds of TB)

+ Basic understanding of data management practices, such as multi-source data collection, workflow management, data storage, security, and availability, data governance & privacy.

+ Familiarity with agile development

+ Software and/or data quality assurance (verification and validation, testing, etc.)

+ Experience with parallel programming (High Performance Computing experience is a plus) and hybrid computing (on prem and in the cloud)

+ Experience with SQL, relational databases, and NoSQL databases.

+ Experience working with meteorological data (e.g., wind or solar data in NetCDF of HDF5 format). And cloud-friendly formats, like Parquet.

+ Strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively in a multi-project environment with a multidisciplinary team.

+ Web and API development experience is a bonus.

+ Prior experience in the energy sector or a research environment is a plus.


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

Job Profile: Researcher I / Annual Salary Range: $62,000 - $102,300

NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, 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.

**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

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If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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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.

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**Drug Free Workplace**

NREL is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in accordance with the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug.

If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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