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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Tech Student - Distributed Control in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311884

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Optimization and Control

Job Description

The Optimization and Control Group (OCG) at Pacific Northwest National Lab seeks an intern to conduct research focusing on distributed algorithm for power system market clearing. In this position, the candidate is expected to

  • develop and implement peer-to-peer distributed algorithms under guidance from a mentor,

  • collaborate with other team members to conduct HELICS-based co-simulations,

  • collect and organize data for analysis, and

  • help prepare presentations and reports with the obtained results.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be degree-seeking students enrolled at an accredited college or university. Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 2.5.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate of this position should:

  • be proficient in Python programming,

  • have a basic understanding of distributed algorithms, and

  • be able to communicate clearly and succinctly on technical topics.

Candidates with the following qualification is preferred:

  • experience in HELICS-based co-simulations

  • experience in software containerization with Docker

  • familiarity with power system markets.

  • Currently enrolled in a program in computer science or similar major.

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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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Undergraduate Internships

Group: Optimization & Control

Opening Date: 2021-03-30

Closing Date: 2021-04-20