Red Deer College is hiring for Alternative Energy Lead Researcher to support us in our transition to Red Deer University. While we recognize that we are in unprecedented circumstances as the world navigates through this pandemic, we are balancing our responsibility in pandemic planning as well as institutional continuity for the long term. To that end, we look forward to having you on our team.
Red Deer College (RDC) established the Alternative Energy Lab (AEL) as a hub for alternative energy system research and data, exemplifying the use and integration of new energy technologies and applications. In addition to providing learning opportunities for RDC’s learners, work associated with the AEL is intended to encourage adoption and advancement of innovative energy systems among Alberta’s businesses and residents while also furthering a novel applied research direction for the College and the region.
The Alternative Energy (AE) Lead Researcher has overall accountability to manage and lead alternative energy initiatives at RDC and is responsible for managing projects associated with the AEL and working with community partners in advancing collective understanding of alternative energy systems.
The AE Lead Researcher will also be responsible for championing strategic planning and direction for the college’s energy innovation research. The AE Lead Researcher will lead in planning, creating, developing, and managing research projects associated with the AEL and energy innovation initiatives with external partners. This includes managing key confidential decisions and data associated with research projects. In leading the research projects, the AE Lead Researcher is responsible for the associated budget, business development, and stakeholder engagement. The AE Lead Researcher will initiate studies and data collection with and from industry, act as the principal information and technical resource, and be RDC’s primary content expert for curriculum development and alternative energy technologies.
This position represents Red Deer College to external clients and research partners as the face of the Alternative Energy Lab and the college’s energy innovation research initiatives. As the lead member of the Alternative Energy Lab team, the AE Lead Researcher manages the AEL team and works with members of the College’s Center for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM) and participates in RDC’s Research Common. The AE Lead Researcher also works with other colleagues to establish and implement the Lab’s strategic objectives, generating research and business activity, and achieving financial goals for cost recovery.
The AE Lead Researcher will manage a diverse team within the Alternative Energy Lab department. This position will function as a member of the School of Trades and Technologies management team and will focus on both immediate and long-term planning that is intuitive, progressive and innovative while respectively contributing to the achievement of RDC’s strategic plan.
Reporting to the Dean, School of Trades and Technologies, the AE Lead Researcher is responsible for creating and/or growing new business from clients and with other research partners. This position is responsible for proactively creating demand for the AEL’s technical solutions. This position will lead a fluid Alternative Energy team of employees and contractors while representing Red Deer College’s alternative energy initiatives on a provincial, national, and global stage.
This position is funded predominantly through an NSERC Innovation Enhancement Build grant and focused on projects which support innovation and integration of alternative energy systems. The research is expected to pass peer review and be immediately applicable to industry and community members.
Initial alternative energy research focal areas will be integration of off-grid and grid-tied solar PV and combined heat-and-power (CHP) energy producing systems. Secondary applied research interests will be geothermal, energy storage, and energy from waste. This work is designed to provide a service to our region and beyond, filling the industry gap in research and development, while also using learnings from comparative testing and data gathering which invites new interest in alternative energy among businesses and our communities.
These primary areas of research will be explored through initial initiatives in the areas of:
Key skills required are networking, presentations, project management, research design, data analytics, programming, and a deep understanding of integrated alternative energy production and storage systems as suited to regional demand. Activities which draw on these skills will include direct contact with key industry players, participation in industry exhibits and events, membership in energy associations, and forming relationships with public sector energy research groups and private sector organizations in the energy sectors.
Alternative Energy Research
Alternative Energy Leadership
Financial and Risk Management
Skills and Abilities
Note: Red Deer College will only accept applications for this job through the original job posting found on our Employment website. To view the original job posting and to apply today, please visit: http://employment.rdc.ab.ca/postings/2762
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