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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Energy Storage for Grid Applications in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311164

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group: Optimization and Control

Job Description

The Optimization and Control Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a post-doc to conduct research in the area of modeling, optimization, and control of energy storage for grid applications. The research focus would be to develop stochastic dispatch and sizing methods to address uncertainties associated with short-term scheduling and long-term planning of energy storage systems in coordination with other resources. In order to contribute to these research efforts, a successful candidate would have deep technical expertise in stochastic optimization, rich experience in energy storage analytics, and good knowledge of reinforcement learning. The candidate is expected to collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary research and development teams including researchers within and outside PNNL.

  • Strong theoretical foundation in optimization and control.

  • Expertise in optimization modeling language and various linear/nonlinear solvers.

  • Good understanding of power system operation and planning, engineering economics, and power market.

  • Research experience in demand response, energy storage and distributed energy resources, and microgrid.

  • Research experience in distribution system analysis and ACOPF.

  • Expertise in MATLAB, Python, and Julia.

  • Strong analytical, task management, and communications skills, both oral and written, and able to communicate clearly the goals, parameters, objectives and outcomes of their research.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. degree in Optimization and Control, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field.

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: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Optimization & Control

Opening Date: 2020-09-04

Closing Date: 2020-09-18