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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Systems Engineer in PORTLAND, Oregon

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310638

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group:Distributed Systems

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s works to improve the security, stability, and resiliency of our nation’s energy infrastructure; increase transparency and flexibility; reduce inefficiencies; and improve the nation’s general quality of life. We tackle systems as small as heat pumps that can fit into the palm of your hand to as large as control and architectural paradigms spanning supply and demand of the U.S. electrical grid.

To do this, the Distributed Systems group at PNNL develops integrated systems to monitor, diagnose, and understand the operating state of the most complex engineered processes in the world. These processes range from electrical and thermal power generation, to transmission and distribution and to the end use consumption of energy in industrial and residential facilities.

This position focuses on performing research related to analysis and regulation of energy storage systems and renewable energy technologies at the transmission and distribution system level. We are seeking an experienced researcher with strong communications skills who proactively solves problems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and analysis to support laboratory reports on topics such as energy economics, technology innovation, modeling approaches and regulatory functions.

  • Support direct outreach to external stakeholders.

  • Provide subject matter expertise on power system operations, planning, and business structures.

  • Contribute to interdisciplinary teams to tackle high impact problems.

  • Work with business development leads to expand the research portfolio and respond to funding opportunities.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level II: Leads specific tasks of the project to meet scope, schedule and budget. Contributes professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applies and interprets standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies. Contributes technical content to proposals and develops business through excellent project performance.

Level III: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 2+ years of experience or a master’s degree with 0 years of experience or a PhD.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 5+ years of experience or a master’s degree with 3+ years of experience or a PhD with at least 1 year experience.

  • Demonstrated understanding of state and federal utility regulatory environments.

  • Must be a skilled professional who applies a broad basis of existing theories, principles, and concepts to a specialty field.

  • Direct professional experience in electric utility regulation and/or state energy policy, including an understanding of the regulatory process, the utility business model, tariff structures and rate cases.

  • Power system planning experience with utility or independent system operator. An understanding of optimization techniques to power systems modeling and some experience using power systems analyses tools such as power flow modeling, production cost modeling and others.

  • Demonstrated professional experience in publishing technical material.

  • Degree should be in an engineering or related discipline. MS or PhD preferred.

  • Other preferred qualifications include past experience securing project funding, working with or leading technical teams, and the ability to manage research projects.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Distributed Systems

Opening Date: 2020-03-09

Closing Date: 2020-04-08