• Entry-Level Researcher

    Location US-CA-Oakland
    Requisition ID
    Business Area
    Position Type
    Permanent employment
  • Local Unit & Position Description

    DNV GL - Energy is seeking an entry-level researcher to join our Energy Efficiency team and support an array of projects in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries. Our clients include regulatory commissions as well as energy utilities and other entities who implement or oversee customer programs. These programs support energy efficiency and clean energy by delivering education, technical assistance, and financial incentives to energy users in the residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors. At DNV GL, you’ll work closely with your colleagues to evaluate these programs and conduct related planning, market research, and consulting support to our clients.


    This position may be based in our Oakland, CA or Portland, OR offices, and offers a starting salary range of $55,000 - $60,000 per year depending upon experience, in addition to an exceptional benefits package.


    Tasks May Include:


    • Participate in research/evaluation study design and implementation
    • Conduct web-based research and data mining activities
    • Contribute to preparation of data collection instruments such as interview guides and phone/web surveys
    • Conduct structured qualitative and quantitative telephone interviews with industry experts and market actors
    • Perform periodic field research in residential, commercial and retail settings
    • Oversee subcontractors responsible for survey data collection
    • Gathering and consolidating data from varied sources
    • Perform data analyses in Microsoft Excel (and, if able, in R and/or SAS)
    • Create charts, graphs, and summaries of data and statistical analyses using data visualization and presentation tools
    • Coordinate project related activities pertaining to data collection, analysis and reporting
    • Compile and summarize research results in data tables and written summaries
    • Contribute to on-time, on-budget delivery of high-quality analyses, written reports, and presentations
    • Juggle responsibilities across multiple projects effectively and with composure and good cheer
    • Communicate proactively and effectively with staff all levels to find information, learn new skills, troubleshoot problems, and address complex issues
    • Develop and maintain positive relationships with colleagues and clients
    • Contribute meaningfully to team efforts to achieve group and company goals while providing insight, enthusiasm, and support
    • Act as a role model for other staff through your leadership, mentorship, and sharing of knowledge and skills
    • Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times, including in written and verbal communications
    • Represent DNV GL at industry conferences and events, including after-hours activities

    Position Qualifications



    • NOTE: Please submit a 1-page cover letter along with your resume when applying. In your cover letter, please tell us about your experience with research and writing. What types of research methods have you used? Describe a research project in which you have participated and BRIEFLY describe your role, research approach, and results.
    • Bachelor’s Degree required
    • Positive, team-oriented attitude and professional demeanor
    • An entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude for “connecting the dots” among different topics and/or sources of information
    • An organized, detail-oriented approach and the ability to work independently
    • Strong analytical/problem solving skills
    • Ability to take direction from multiple people and perform varied tasks
    • Strong telephone etiquette
    • Ability to prioritize work
    • Prior experience using Microsoft Word and Excel required
    • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
    • Willingness and ability to travel up to 50% of the time as required; this travel will be intermittent, primarily in the Western US region, and is project-driven; possible travel scenarios may include week-long trips to field sites, typically not exceeding two non-consecutive weeks per month.
    • Valid driver’s license required
    • NOTE: We conduct pre-employment drug and background screening
    • NOTE: Immigration-related benefits (for example, visa sponsorship) are not available for this position


    Preferred Skills:

    • Prior experience or interest in energy efficiency and/or clean energy
    • Experience with Tableau and/or Power BI


    Opportunities Beyond Business


    Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.


    DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights under the law, see: http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf


    Please visit our website at www.dnvgl.com

    Company & Business Area Description

    DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

    We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.


    Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

    With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


    DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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