Southern Company Engineer, Research & Development in Atlanta, Georgia

Engineer, Research & Development


Southern Company seeks to further its industry leadership in the research and development sector by adding a Research Engineer within Southern Company Gas. This includes, but is not limited to, research relating to natural gas distribution, transmission, storage, liquefaction, and end-use solutions. To succeed, talented, motivated, and educated engineers are required to advance technologies and programs applicable to the natural gas industry. As the team member focused on natural gas, the incumbent is responsible for assisting with the research, development, and demonstration of innovative solutions with the natural gas industry.

Initial assignments will include understanding what solutions are currently in scope within the natural gas industry through national research institutes (such as GTI and NYSEARCH) and identifying potential opportunities within Southern Company Gas. The work scope requires the incumbent to collaborate with the top experts in the industry, colleagues and contractors, as well as working independently reviewing technical information in journals, conference proceedings, patents, textbooks and other reference materials to identify, develop, validate, and demonstrate a portfolio of potential solutions that will benefit Southern Company Gas. Significant travel (up to 50%) will be required.


  • Research, develop, and demonstrate new and innovative solutions for Southern Company Gas as it relates to natural gas distribution, transmission, storage, liquefaction, and end-use products

  • Plan, prepare, and deliver research proposals to internal and external funding agents

  • Leverage research resources with other utilities (including Southern Company operating companies), institutes, universities, and agencies to address Southern Company Gas’ technology needs

  • Manage research projects with respect to budgets, intellectual property, confidentiality, public relations, and technology transfer to achieve research objectives and business goals

  • Provide effective and timely communications to all participants on research program activity, research results and accomplishments

  • Provide technical consulting to internal clients and direct industry collaborative research efforts

JOB REQUIREMENTS (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering is required (Mechanical preferred but others considered)

  • Advanced degree (M.S., PhD) strongly preferred

  • Specific experience in the energy sector (preferably natural gas), energy storage, or renewables is preferred

  • Preferred experience working in a Project Management, Project Development or Product Development role, specifically in the energy industry

  • Proven leadership and team building skills, with the ability to build and foster relationships

  • Entrepreneurial mindset, challenges status quo, innovator, self-assured, self-starter; strong initiative is an important attribute for this position

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentations skills

  • Reflect Southern Company values:

  • Safety First: the safety of our employees and customers is paramount and we will perform every job, every day, safely

  • Unquestionable Trust: honesty, respect, fairness, and integrity drive our behavior

  • Superior Performance: we are dedicated to superior performance and will focus on innovative solutions to improve our business

  • Total Commitment: we are committed to the success of our employees and fully embrace, respect, and value our differences and diversity


  • Day-trip and overnight travel will be required (approximately 25%-50% per year)


  • This position is located at Southern Company Gas Headquarters in Atlanta, GA and some relocation assistance will be available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Engineering

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 50 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

AGLR Corporate Office - 10 Peachtree Place NE (10AtlantaCODE)

10 Peachtree Place NE

Atlanta, 30309

Req ID: GAS2001697