The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
25 days old

Technical Leader - Information & Communication Technology

Palo Alto, California
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Technical Leader - Information & Communication Technology

Preferred Locations: Palo Alto, CA

Job Summary:
The Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) sector conducts a broad range of technology research for electric utilities related to the delivery of electricity. This position will work in a team environment to technically lead and manage research and demonstrations associated with the challenges faced by utilities design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of telecommunications systems. This position will be responsible for designing, leading and executing research projects to address these challenges.

This position is responsible for working directly with utility personnel, standards bodies, and technology companies to carry out research projects, working toward a future of integrated telecommunications networks that can meet existing and future requirements. In addition to technical aspects, responsibilities include scheduling, budgeting, and management of EPRI technical staff and contractors.

This is an opportunity for an experienced professional to become part of EPRI’s Information and Communication Technology research team, focusing on data networking and telecommunications.

Job Functions:

  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to industry issues and gain input on needs from members/stakeholders and identify current and emerging technical issues.

  • Develops research or services opportunities of value to EPRI members that fit EPRI’s mission and capabilities.This will include solving customer problems, producing insights and information vital to the members, and delivering information in a manner that members and customers can and will apply.

  • May provide oversight of a project team to assure technical and financial milestones are met.

  • Provides assistance to the EPRI sales staff in Member Services and EPRI International.

  • Broaden technical expertise and interface with national and international technical networks with manufacturers, consultants, and academia and research organizations.

  • Communicates strategies and results, written and verbal, to program members, potential members and external stakeholders through guidelines, reports, meetings, webcasts, workshops and conferences.

  • Manages small or medium (less complex) projects including budgets and resources

  • The position may also represent EPRI in a variety of forums, speaking and presenting regarding the needs that have been identified, the research conducted, and results.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field or equivalent experience required.

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science required.MS or PhD preferred.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 5 -7 or more years of research and development project and promotional experience, including development of advanced concepts for internal research or equivalent experience.

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

  • Experience in performing and/or managing research activities.

  • Incumbents must be able to exercise judgment, diligence, and attention to detail and demonstrate an aptitude for carrying out responsible technical assignments.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Manages projects and may work in conjunction with a technical specialist.

  • Developing technical depth in 1-2 areas

  • Understand how work fits across EPRI programs

  • Typically individual contributor, may begin supervising R&D students.

  • Knowledge and experience with telecommunication technologies used by utilities

    • WAN protocols – SONET, MPLS, MPLS-TP, Carrier Ethernet, NG-OTN

  • Knowledge and experience with IP Networking and routing (IPv4 and IPv6)

  • Knowledge and experience with network performance testing techniques and tools

  • Knowledge and experience with IT and OT networks, and IT/OT convergence

  • Knowledge and experience with Linux, shell scripting, programming in C, C+, Python and other languages

  • Knowledge and experience with SCADA protocols such as Modbus, DNP3, and IEC 61850

  • Familiarity with wireless standards such as 802.11, 802.15.4, and LTE and their related security architecture

  • Familiarity with MPLS traffic engineering, multi-service networks, fast reroute

  • Familiarity with designing and configuring routers, switches, multiplexers, firewalls, etc

  • Familiarity with security protocols – VPNs, IPSEC, VPLS, etc

  • Familiarity with Network Management, and Network Operation Center architecture and design

  • Engagement with industry stakeholders such as standards bodies

  • Familiarity with Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization

Ideal Candidate:

  • Have extensive experience in telecommunications and networking for the electric power industry

  • Have ability to design and implement software on embedded systems for testing and analytics.

  • Be well connected and recognized within this community of utility and vendor personnel

  • Have technical expertise in telecommunication systems and equipment, both with the installed base as well as new and emerging technologies

  • Have familiarity with utility telecommunications systems and practices, especially for emergency and recovery operations.

  • Be able to understand communication and networking standards in depth

  • Able to write software to implement protocols and develop test plans and scripts for telecom systems.

  • Have knowledge of international standards for telecom

  • Have impeccable communication, writing and presentation skills with a proven ability to communicate complex science and technical issues in a way that can influence both the technical community and the business leaders in the Electricity Sector.

  • Demonstrates project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

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.
Together . . . Shaping the Future of Electricity.




EPRI is at the center of a quickly evolving energy landscape. With significant challenges facing the electric industry and the world, we are always seeking top talent with hands-on experience to address issues as they relate to the generation, delivery, use, management and environmental responsibility of global electricity.

Industry expertise, thought leadership and innovative solutions guide the work of EPRI’s employees. Our commitment to fact-based, objective research allows individuals to harness the power of focused collaborations with the electric industry, academia and numerous stakeholders. As an employee of EPRI, you may grow professionally and build a rewarding career in a setting where people leverage their skills, talents, experiences and interests.

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