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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309776

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Electricity Infrastructure

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 Infrastructure Group is currently looking for a Power System Research Engineer with a strong background in power systems protection to join our Grid Analytics team. The position will focus on making technical contributions to ongoing and new research projects by modeling protection system behavior in both bulk transmission and distribution systems

The desired engineer will:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge with a focus on adaptive protection, short circuit calculations and relay coordination

  • Assist the development of new business by contributing to proposals.

  • Work with colleagues and external collaborators to develop innovative solutions to emerging challenges facing the power industry.

  • Contribute to the development of technical strategies.

  • Effectively communicate with senior engineers to ensure high-quality delivery of research projects on budget and on time.

  • Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, etc.

  • Mentor and direct junior staff in various projects.

  • Present and promote PNNL research agenda and products in professional communities, e.g., IEEE, CIGRE, industry workshops, etc.

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

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 communiation skills in English. A proactive and collaborative approach to problem-solving with the abilty 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

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.

Minimum Qualifications

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

  • Technical knowledge in power system simulation, analysis, dynamics or control

  • The use of commercial protection software packages such as CAPE and ASPEN to perform relay coordinations

  • Modeling protection systems for planning, using either:

  • the generic bulk system relay models in PSSE, PSLF or PowerWorld, or

  • the distribution system relay models in CYMDIST, Synergi, WindMil or OpenDSS

  • Perform transient PSCAD/EMTDC/ATP based simulation studies of protective relays

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience, MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 year of experience.Knowledge and experience in power system electromagnetic, transient modeling and simulation;

  • Coursework or industry experience in electric utility power system protection;

  • Strong programming ability, e.g., Fortran, C/ C++, Python, JAVA, MATLAB, etc.;

  • Established publication record; and

  • Experience working with the power industry.

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Electricity Infrastructure

Opening Date: 2019-09-05

Closing Date: 2019-10-03