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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Power Systems Research Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311410

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Building

Group: Distributed Systems Group

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 research related distributed systems, for example, as applied to electric power distribution system modeling and simulation in the context of grid integration of distributed energy resources and the exploration of transactive energy and other distributed control and coordination systems.

  • Researches, develops, designs, and tests electrical/electronic systems, components, equipment, communications and networks as well as their control and optimization theory and techniques.

  • Adapts and applies control theory to design electrical/electronic systems with desired behaviors. Designs, develops, installs, and supervises all aspects of control systems and processes.

  • Determines design approaches and parameters. Analyzes equipment to establish operating data, conducts experimental tests, and evaluates results.

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

  • Designs and develops new techniques and methodologies for control and integration of diverse energy resources and points of consumption.

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

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

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 energy industry

  • Strong publication record

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills displayed in team leadership and public forums.

  • Knowledge and experience in power system networks, dynamics, protection, power electronics, modeling and simulation

  • Experience with multiple power systems packages such as GridLAB-D, OpenDSS, PSLF, PSS/E, PSCAD, SimPowerSystems, PowerWorld, DSA Tools, GAMS, MATPOWER, AMES, PROMOD, Plexos, etc.

  • Experience with co-simulation, for example with HELICS or other co-simulation or federated simulation tools.

  • 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 system.

  • 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.

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: 2020-11-19

Closing Date: 2020-12-19