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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Power Systems Research Engineer- Communications/Integration in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312515

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: EIBD

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 leading and developing new distributed systems research that explores integration of new information and communication technologies with advanced distributed controls and coordination schemes to accelerate transformation of the nation’s energy infrastructure to a secure, resilient, and decarbonized future.

  • Researches, develops, designs, and tests large, IoT scale, distributed electrical/electronic, telecommunication, software systems, as well as their operations and control with related optimization techniques.

  • Identifies system requirments and develops system architectures of large distributed systems including electric power and telecommunication system components and controls, software and embedded firmware components and there secure management, compute elements spanning cloud to edge, and all associated interfaces.

  • Adapts and applies information theory, communication theory, and control theory to design intelligent energy systems with desired behaviors..

  • Determines design approaches and parameters. Analyzes equipment to establish operating data, conducts experimental tests, and evaluates results. Oversees all aspects of systems development lifecycle.

  • Researches, develops, and applies platforms, tools, simulations, and models of communication, control systems and their relation to electric power systems and components addressing problems in planning, operations, economics, resilience, and optimization of overall system performance.

  • Designs and develops new techniques and methodologies for control and integration, including telecommunications systems and analytics, of diverse energy resources and points of consumption.

  • Leads the development of new project opportunities with program managers in sponsoring organizations.

  • Applies systems thinking and systems engineering approaches to integrate power systems, software systems, telecommunications systems, or other technical domains in system analysis, design, and implementation.

  • Effectively facilitates communication across a multi-disciplinary team, laboratory leadership and external stakeholders.

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

Level IV : Able to select and develop technical approaches to complex challenges. Experienced Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of large proposals. Demonstrated ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams.

Level V : Nationally recognized expert with demonstrated record of collaboration across national laboratories, academia, industry, and professional societies. Collaborates with research organizations in labs, academia, industry and leads multi-organization projects. Demonstrated success in conceiving, planning, and executing R&D with considerable influence on scientific and technological developments. Demonstrated thought leadership recognized through being sought out as an invited speaker at national forums. Has a significant record of technical products influencing the discipline of electric power systems engineering.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 7+ years’ experience or a Master's degree with 5+ years’ experience or a PhD with 3+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with 9+ years’ experience or a Master's degree with 7+ years’ experience or a PhD with 5+ years of experience.

  • Experience with design and/or operation of information and communication technology solutions for the electric energy industry across multiple network domains and technologies: core, WAN, FAN, substation and wired, wireless.

  • Knowledge and experience in telecommunications system networks, architecture, operation, electronics, management software, and system modeling and simulation.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills displayed in team leadership and external stakeholders.

  • Knowledge and experience in power system operations and management.

  • Experience with telecommunication systems modeling and anlaysis tools such as NS3, OPNet, CORE, EDX, Planet

  • Knowledge of power system model and simulation tools.

  • Experience with co-simulation, for example with HELICS or other co-simulation or federated simulation tools to support integrated power and communication systems analysis.

  • Experience with developing and applying system architecures for complex systems

  • Experience with software development using Python, C++, Java, MATLAB, etc.

  • Hands-on experience in definition and management of complex software projects including familiarity of s/w design methodology and tools/platforms

  • Experience with software development and deployment, in particular for distributed systems.

  • Knowledge of telecommunication protocols and standards such as IEEE 802.15.4, 802.11, MPLS, carrier ethernet, SONET, 3gpp.

  • Knowledge of information models and standards utilized in power system industry such as IEC 61970/61968 CIM, MultiSpeak, IEEE 1547, IEC 61850, IEEE 2030.5, IEEE 1815, IEC 60255-118-1

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

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Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Distributed Systems

Opening Date: 2021-08-11

Closing Date: 2021-09-27