Thermal Conductivity Engineer

Columbia, MD, USA ● Washington, DC, USA ● Virtual Req #2215
Monday, March 13, 2023

Looking for an opportunity to apply your passion for energy and sustainability? A place where you can make an important contribution in a collaborative, flexible work atmosphere? Energetics is seeking to hire an engineer who will bring mature technology insights in the topic of conductivity-enhanced materials and applications for industrial, and transmission and distribution applications. The Thermal Conductivity Engineer will serve as a technical resource for both the DOE Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) and the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO). The Thermal Conductivity Engineer will support IEDO and AMMTO clients in assessing the energy, economic, and decarbonization potential for emerging industrial technologies at scale in a commercial marketplace.As part of your work, you’ll gain cutting-edge knowledge and contribute towards technologies, policies, and trends in industrial energy. Join our fast-paced team at Energetics and help turn ideas into real impacts. This consultant will work in a highly collaborative atmosphere, interacting directly with government program managers. This position can be based in one of our existing offices or working remotely in the U.S.


  • Engineering degree with a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience (3 years with Masters or Ph.D. degree) including internships.
  • Experience with materials development, including thermal conductivity-enhanced materials, novel alloys, and characterization and modeling of materials.
  • Familiarity with recent entrepreneurial aspects of thermal conductivity design.
  • Knowledgeable about heat exchangers, from large industrial to small microelectronics.
  • Interest in manufacturing, decarbonization, and/or clean energy technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong technical writing skills and an ability to tailor written and verbal communications for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Enjoy meeting new people in the field an initiating introductions.
  • A strong interest in pursuing work in the area of manufacturing, industrial sector decarbonization, and the clean energy transition.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; advanced analytical and Excel skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to excel when working on self-managed tasks and as a member of a team.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
  • In compliance with Executive Order 14042, any successful applicant for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an accommodation from the vaccination requirement based on disability or sincerely held religious belief, on or before the start date.


  • Material scientist or metallurgist with relevant materials development experience for industrial, and transmission and distribution applications. (thermal conductivity experience is more relevant than material science or metallurgy degree alone)
  • Experience with complex enterprise architectures and securing complex enterprise architectures is preferred.
  • Masters or PhD degrees in science and engineering degrees are a plus, but not required.
  • Candidates with years of experience greater than the minimum are also encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in government consulting, supporting government organizations, public-private partnerships, or stakeholder engagement.
  • Proficient in running web meeting platforms, e.g., Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx.

  • Technical publications in the field of materials development or conductivity-enhanced materials.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Acting as the technical subject matter expert for thermal conductivity, synthesize and clearly communicate results of research related to thermal processing applications in industrial sectors to colleagues and clients through formal and informal presentations and written technical communications (reports, white papers, fact sheets, briefings, journal articles, etc.).
  • Leads small research projects and provides project management support for federal clients.
  • Works independently or as a member of a team; leads small teams.
  • Contributes to strategic plan of federal government technical programs (proposed or in progress) with respect to goals and objectives, implementation plans, and budget allocations.
  • Takes technical information and develops clear planning and summary documents.
  • Develops and implements performance metrics for client projects and programs.
  • Work closely with program managers and co-workers in a fast-paced collaborative team environment (diligent and responsive contributor). Advise on industry-relevant demonstration opportunities for decarbonization via thermal processing technologies and processes across related fields and sectors.
  • Collects R&D project and program information; summarizes results in draft reports.
  • Analyzes global technology developments, trends, and statistics (energy, carbon, and economics)
  • Liaison between scientists at universities/laboratories and government decision-makers to assist in distilling key technical results and potential impacts from R&D.
  • Supports in person and virtual meetings with clients and stakeholders, including but not limited to preparing meeting materials, scheduling meetings, assisting the meeting facilitator, and summarizing proceedings..
  • Assists clients in the preparation of technical reports required by the agency hierarchy, by Congress, or by the Administration.
  • Assists clients in the preparation of technical materials designed to educate or inform the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The selected applicant will be subject to a background check and drug testing.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.VSE considers candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


VSE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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