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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Power Systems Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311296

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group:Electricity Security

Job Description

If you are looking for a research-oriented position in the power and energy sector, and aim to do impactful research and development, you should join our team! For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment, and national security.

The Electricity Security Group is currently looking for a Power System Research Engineer with a strong background in power system analysis; power system operations; and modern software development practices to join our Electricity Security team. The position will focus on leading the development of cutting-edge analysis applications, design and testing of applied real-time applications, and evaluate the impact of new technologies on bulk power system operations. This role will directly support the development of real-world applications for improving the performance, efficiency, and resilience of our nation’s power system.

The desired candidate will:

  • Provide subject matter expertise with a focus on power system models, algorithms, optimization and/or controls for power system planning and operations.

  • Build and contribute to interdisciplinary teams to tackle high impact problems.

  • Develop new funding opportunities working with sector and subsector leads resulting in an expanded research program.

  • Creatively innovate new technical solutions.

  • Manage individual projects; including directing other staff, communicating with clients, and, ensuring milestones are met on schedule and budget.

  • Develop and implement project management plans for small to moderate multi-disciplinary projects, working with the task leads and program manager to align the activities with overall program and laboratory objectives.

  • Publish research results and be accountable for ensuring the quality of products that result from the research performed.

  • Juggle concurrent assignments and exercise judgement on research conduct.

  • Mentor junior staff and collaborate with senior staff from across the lab and outside PNNL

  • Ensure safe operating practices are followed on the projects.

  • Demonstrate the upmost professional integrity.

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. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. A proactive and collaborative approach to problem-solving with the ability to work well on interdisciplinary teams. A passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance the building sciences domain through improvements in energy efficiency. BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience or PhD with 1 year of experience.

Level IV: Leads organizational teams by assigning operational tasks/projects/functions to proactively identify and promote new capabilities. Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of large proposals. Takes lead in scope, schedule, and budget for projects or large tasks Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Mentors staff and peers. Lead author or developer on a significant number of technical products. Recognized by sponsors and collaborators for delivery on important programmatic elements. BS/BA with 7 years of experience MS/MA with 5 years of experience or PhD with 3 years of experience.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience or PhD with 1 year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience MS/MA with 5 years of experience or PhD with 3 years of experience.

  • Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or Computer Engineering (or a closely related discipline and experience)

  • Proficient in modern software languages, such as C++, Python, Java, etc.

  • Excellent communications skills in framing and delivering key messages internally and externally.

  • Holds leadership positions in professional community, such as IEEE or WECC.

  • Knowledgeable in cyber-security, standards, and other relevant practices for energy systems.

  • In-depth understanding of power grid operations, planning, and software development techniques including experience with mature methods for software development.

  • Knowledge of utility industry economics and business processes.

  • Experience in developing large-scale research proposals and/or software products, and an extensive professional network within the power systems engineering community.

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.

Closing Statement


  • Based on project and client requirements, US citizenship is required.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Electricity Security

Opening Date: 2020-10-16

Closing Date: 2021-01-28