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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Research Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308961

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Optmization & Control

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a Senior Research Scientist to support major research efforts in advanced optimization and control of large-scale energy systems, especially transportation systems. This is an extraordinary opportunity to help to lead interdisciplinary, world-class research addressing the science and technology challenges of optimizing complex systems and their interdependency – a need originated from the accelerated evolution of many modern engineered systems. The primary emphasis of this position will be leading the growth of capabilities related to the development of advanced optimization theory and methods that will then be verified with tool development and applications to real-world challenges in transportation systems and associated other systems such as the power grid.

  • Advances state-of-the-art technologies and concepts in the science and technology for a new class of complex optimization and control problems characterized by large-scale transportation systems with heterogeneous components, real-world communications networks, physical constraints and uncertainty models.

  • Contributes to organizational goals, including PNNL strategic planning and prioritizing research objectives.

  • Assists in building strong multidisciplinary R&D teams able to impact the scientific and technological challenges in this area.

  • Assists in developing the strategy and manages day-to-day science and technology activities, providing scientific and technical authority, leadership and direction.

  • Leads scoping, scheduling, and budgeting of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs. Involved in planning for long-term technical capabilities that deliver national impact.

  • Publishes as primary or contributing author on technical publications or reports.

  • Participates in national and/or international professional activities and external collaborations.

  • Mentors other Laboratory scientists and engineers and is technical resource to other staff members, and assists in attracting top scientist/engineer talents to PNNL.

  • Establishes the approach for developing technological applications to meet client needs.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in engineering or applied sciences with 5 or more years of experience, or a Masters in engineering or applied sciences with 8 or more years of experience.

  • Must have experience in modeling, simulation, optmizatoin and/or control of transportation systems. Expertise with the power grid is a plus.

  • Recognized as a technical expert by the peer network. Must possess demonstrated records of scientific contributions to national endeavors in advanced optimization methods and/or engineering research (such as IFAC, IEEE, ACM, ASHRAE), strong leadership competencies, and the ability to build new research programs working collaboratively with others across a broad spectrum of disciplines to accomplish strategic goals.

  • Demonstrated experience in selecting and widely applying principles, theories and concepts in a major field of specialization.

  • Demonstrated experience in energy system optimization research and applications contributing to multiple projects and leading tasks on major projects with multi-disciplinary teams, with commensurate project management skills in scoping, scheduling, and budgeting.

  • Demonstrated innovations in framing solutions to complex problems in the forms of proposals, software, documents or other work products.

  • Knowledgeable of current challenges in energy system optimization and related areas.

  • Able to articulate complex topics and ideas to a wide range of audiences internally and externally, in terms of the goals, parameters, objectives and outcomes of the research.

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Optimization and Control

Opening Date: 2019-02-18

Closing Date: 2019-09-15