The University of Minnesota Morris in partnership with Otter Tail Power Company and OATI have received a grant to fund a large-scale energy-storage demonstration project. The project has a specific goal of installing, operating and analyzing the performance of a 1 MW (or larger) battery that will integrate into the campusâ™s electrical grid, which is largely powered by clean energy. The project is a three-year grant that is funded by the LCCMR process via the State of Minnesota Environmental Trust Fund. This position is a unique opportunity to work with industry and higher education partners on a novel and high-visibility technical project. The position also provides an opportunity to learn and grow in an emerging clean energy field and have an opportunity to learn project management skills.
This is a 100% time position reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities with grant funding approved until 6/30/2024. A three year extension has been submitted.
This position will be offered in either of the following classifications and duties, depending on qualifications and experience of the candidate: â— For 8352P2 Research Professional 2 - BA/BS plus at least two (2) years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience to equal six (6) years. â— For 8352P1 Research Professional 1 - BA/BS or equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal four (4) years.
UMN Morris is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA2S+, women, and members of historically underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.
Coordinate, Organize and Develop project: 50% â— Lead project team with members from the University of Minnesota Morris, Otter Tail Power Company, OATI and other members that join the team as procurement happens. â— In collaboration with team members develop the scope of the project, specifications for procurement and installation of the battery project, and project timelines. â—‹ Coordinate the interconnection process with Otter Tail Power Company and ensure the timely delivery of materials and necessary data collection for the project demonstration to be completed. â—‹ Manage the work of sub-contractors participating on the project (ranging from technical consultants for electrical design to engineering for battery installation). â—‹ Develop and maintain file management, organize data collection, and track progress towards grant deliverables, which include the technical and economic analyses of the project. â—‹ Develop reporting materials to match timelines for grant funder and project participants.
Monitor Operations and Collect Data 20% â— Serve as the lead on-site manager during the development of the project and into the operation phase of the project. â— Develop any necessary standard operating procedures (SOPs), policies and procedures. â— Verify that all data collection systems are operating and that data is being warehoused and available for partners, faculty, and students for research purposes. â— Serve as the point of contact for equipment maintenance and equipment failures. â— Implement and oversee safety protocols.
Program Outreach: 20% â— Conduct tours to explain project and key concepts. â— Present information on the project to various groups and leaders. â— Develop communication materials in support of the project ( print materials, banners, features for websites and articles). â— Support efforts of the project to connect to overall campus and community goals for carbon reduction via renewable energy projects.
Additional Responsibilities: 10% â— Other duties as assigned by the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities and support the work of University sustainability goals.
Essential knowledge, skills and abilities â— For 8352P2 Research Professional 2 - BA/BS plus at least two (2) years of related experience or a combination of education and work experience to equal six (6) years. â— For 8352P1 Research Professional 1 - BA/BS or equivalent combination of education and work experience to equal four (4) years.
â— Proficiency with personal computers, related hardware/software.
Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities â— At least one year of experience working in an energy-related field, preferably with solar or energy storage projects. â— Demonstrated project management skills. â— Experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing data from an energy project. â— Demonstrated communication and professional writing skills. â— Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a team and positively accept and integrate feedback from a supervisor. â— Experience working with diverse students and community populations. â— Must have logical, analytical, and problem-solving skills. â— Must be able to work independently, exercise good judgment, and respond to rapidly changing demands. â— An ability and desire to continue learning on the job, including reviewing current literature and troubleshooting. â— Ability to occasionally work for extended periods in outdoor environments. â— Ability to travel occasionally for training, outreach, or research activities. â— Experience with managing projects from start to finish and report preparation. â— Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) provides a rigorous undergraduate liberal arts education, preparing its students to be global citizens who value and pursue intellectual growth, civic engagement, intercultural competence, and environmental stewardship.As a public land-grant institution, UMM is a center for education, culture, and research for the region, nation, and world. UMM is committed to outstanding teaching, dynamic learning, innovative faculty and student scholarship and creative activity, and public outreach. Our residential academic setting fosters collaboration, diversity, and a deep sense of community.