Postdoctoral Appointee - Electric Power Systems Research

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7054574 (Ref.No. 664900)
Posted: November 30, 2018

Job Description

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : We are seeking a dedicated engineer that is passionate about their work and who can do creative research as a Postdoc in the Electric Power Research Department. You will join our dynamic team to use state of the art equipment and facilities that will enable you to explore creative solutions to projects. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop new optimization techniques for microgrid design; + Develop new optimization techniques for improving grid resilience, both at the transmission and distribution level; + Develop new optimization techniques for sizing, placement, and valuation of energy storage; + Develop new models for accurately capturing interdependencies between the electric grid and other critical infrastructure; + Create new protection schemes for grid tied and networked microgrids; + Develop new control schemes to improve grid stability with high penetrations of renewables; + Develop new control schemes for microgrids; + Develop new analysis and control techniques for low inertia grids; + Identify new PMU-enabled applications.

Required:
+ PhD in Electrical Egineering or relevant field with an emphasis on power systems; + Undergraduate degree in Math, Science, or Engineering.

Desired:
+ Optimization coursework and experience applied to power systems; + Transmission level modeling experience (e.g., PSLF, PSS/E, PowerWorld, etc.); + Distribution level modeling experience (e.g., OpenDSS, GridLab-D, etc.); + Control theory coursework and experience applied to power systems; + Strong programming and analysis skills (e.g., MATLAB, Python, R, etc.); + Excellent oral and written communication skills; + Strong publication record and a demonstrated ability to perform research; + Power system coursework and experience; + Experience modeling grid + other critical infrastructure (e.g., gas, water, communications, etc.); + Coursework or experience related to modeling grid resilience; + Coursework or experience related to power system economics.

Department Description:

The Electric Power Systems Research Department conducts R&D and advanced analytics to enable the modernization of the nation's electric power grid. This work includes the development of improved planning and operations methodologies from the bulk system down to end users. Our capabilities encompass the development and application of advanced algorithmic and computational methods, grid operations, economics, and policy. Examples of specific core areas include power system dynamics, operational reliability, advanced renewables integration, electricity market development, smart grid technologies and related information analysis, optimal resource expansion, and computationally based decision support. This department is highly inter-disciplinary, working collaboratively with universities, utilities, government agencies, and both national and international research organizations.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.



 

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