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Principal Technical Leader, Solar Generation

Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
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Job Summary and Description:

Plans, designs, and controls the progress of complex project work within the technical department to meet member/client objectives; prepares and presents research reports. Significant customer interface component with ability to lead research programs. Manages medium level projects without direct people management responsibilities.

• Provides high-level engineering efforts to support requirements in development and design and provides guidance to junior staff

• Influences project teams in the engineering aspects of the technical work.

• Coordinates and facilitates technical engineering related communications with the client

• Leads proposal efforts and new promotional work.

• Preparing proposals, technical publications/papers, and making presentations. Acts as technical specialist for projects or project tasks.

• Continuing to lead national and international technical networks with manufacturers, consultants, academia, and research organizations.

• Works independently on technical activities without direct supervision



Advanced degree in science/engineering or equivalent experience required


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• 10-15 or more years of research and development project and promotional experience, including development of advanced concepts or equivalent experience.

• Ability to recognize strategic issues and projects and build collaborative and successfully complete projects.

• Experience in successful proposal preparation, and marketing activities.

• Shows maturity of technical expertise and assumes responsibility for highly specialized technical objectives using creative imaginative solutions.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Continuing to increase depth/breadth in multiple technical areas and recognized as a subject matter expert

• Individual contributor

• Communicates project results to advisors and members, may communicate project status to Sector Council

• Meets with member organizations in support of Sector activities or to communicate Program content and strategy


Additional Job Information:

The Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Solar Generation program uses innovation and collaboration to advance safe, economic, reliable, and environmentally-responsible renewable energy. We develop and execute research, help our members apply the results, and disseminate results for public benefit. The focus of the Solar Generation program is large-scale solar plants. Its primary research areas include:

  • Assessment of Solar Technologies. Objectively evaluating existing and emerging hardware and software towards increasing confidence in long-term plant performance and production.
  • Solar Life Cycle and Best Practices. Developing comprehensive and actionable guidance to improve life cycle activities, ranging from plant design, commissioning, operations, maintenance, to end-of-life considerations.

We are seeking an individual with extensive solar industry experience to grow our team.


Lead research development through:

  • Applying existing knowledge and expertise and gathering additional input from stakeholders on research needs and opportunities
  • Recognizing strategic issues and how they fit within an existing research portfolio or how the portfolio should adapt to trends in the solar and broader energy industry
  • Independently investigating and vetting research opportunities, formulating technical approaches, and developing projects and/or proposals
  • Leading internal and external (e.g., federal and state government funding opportunities) proposal efforts and new promotional work

Lead research execution through:

  • Planning, designing, and managing the progress of complex projects to deliver impactful and valuable results and be on-time and on-budget
  • Independently managing projects without direct people management responsibilities
  • Providing technical insights to internal and/or externally-contracted project teams and mentoring junior staff
  • Guiding, writing, and/or editing technical papers and presentations

Lead result dissemination and technology transfer through:

  • Distilling complex research results into concise and actionable recommendations that can be implemented
  • Presenting research results and clearly describing its value to members / stakeholders
  • Providing technical advice and counsel to other professionals within EPRI
  • Supporting research communications plans, including the development and execution of technology transfer events with members/stakeholders
  • Representing EPRI through participation in industry events, conferences, workshops, etc.


EPRI participates in E-Verify, an online system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration (SSA). EPRI uses the system to check the work status of new hires by comparing information from the employee's I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases.


Note: To ensure compliance with U.S. export controls, please indicate your U.S. citizenship or (for foreign citizens) your U.S. visa/immigration status in your resume or cover letter.


EPRI is an equal opportunity employer. EEO/AA/M/F/VETS/Disabled


Together . . . Shaping the Future of Electricity.





  • Energy / Utilities / Oil & Gas
Posted: 2021-03-31 Expires: 2021-04-30

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