ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH ENERGY 

Established in 2015 by Bill Gates and a coalition of private investors concerned about the impacts of accelerating climate change, Breakthrough Energy supports the innovations that will lead the world to net-zero emissions. We are building on the proven model of public-private partnerships that Gates has already used to transform health, education, and public welfare around the world. Breakthrough Energy is a network of entities and initiatives, including investment funds, nonprofit and philanthropic programs, and policy efforts linked by a common commitment to scale the technologies we need to achieve a path to net zero emissions by 2050. We are encouraging the development of new net-zero energy technologies, championing policies that speed innovation from lab to market, and bringing together governments, research institutions, private companies, and investors to expand and enhance clean-energy investment. 

Breakthrough Energy embraces diversity and recognize our responsibility to provide a diverse and inclusive work environment. We value the benefits that arise from a diverse organization and are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion where employees of all backgrounds can collaboratively work and serve Breakthrough Energy’s mission. This is extended to all areas of the employee lifecycle and experience, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, training, promotions, career development programs, and benefits. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit-based factors. We encourage diverse candidates to apply.

JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW

Breakthrough Energy is seeking a Research Software Engineer to join the Breakthrough Energy Sciences Team, focused on the team’s Energy System Modeling work. Breakthrough Energy Sciences has built a high-resolution open-source energy system modeling platform to help governments, regulators, and advocates navigate the potential decarbonization pathways. As a Software Engineer, you will work closely with the Breakthrough Energy Science team’s researchers, software engineers, and product lead to enhance the modeling platform. Through collaborations with several top universities in the United States and Europe, Breakthrough Energy Science is extending the functionality of the model to represent the net zero energy system of the future.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with university collaborators to develop and implement new features using python
  • Mentor university collaborators on software development practices
  • Work with research scientists and data scientists to understand the requirements for source data and simulation output data
  • Participate in the code review process
  • Perform data engineering, analysis, and visualization tasks
  • Design and implement data stream handling and monitoring for source data and simulation output data
  • Architect and realize relational database infrastructure
  • Design and implement data access API for efficient and secure data handling
  • Support the open-source community as required for the product
  • Write unit tests alongside code development and fix bugs

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent in experience
  • Proficiency in python and the data analysis library pandas
  • Proficiency with git and GitHub
  • Experience working with Unix-based systems or emulations thereof (e.g. Docker)
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Background in power systems or similar field (e.g. operations research)
  • Experience mentoring junior developers
  • Experience with Julia

Breakthrough Energy’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is also represented in our compensation philosophy. We are committed to offering starting salaries on the value of the position within the market. We do not believe salary should be based on a candidate’s ability to negotiate, previous salary history, or any other non-skills-based attributes. Breakthrough energy believes that transparency is a pathway to achieving pay equity. We offer candidates a competitive compensation package that includes salary and generous benefits

Breakthrough Energy will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Craig Staples at craig@breakthroughenergy.org.

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