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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Power Systems Engineering in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311613

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Electricity Security

Job Description

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 looking for a university intern to work with a team of senior engineers to create high impact solutions for the electricity grid. The intern will come up with creative new solutions to real world problems and fuse knowledge from many disciplines. The intern will take initiative to identify opportunities to contribute, communicate their questions and results, find solutions to ambiguously defined problems, and create reusable software tools.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Must have Background in power systems engineering,

  • Must have completed graduate power systems engineering classes

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Previous project experience creating concrete results both while working independently and with a team

  • Detail oriented in executing solutions while able to articulate how their work contributes to a larger, impactful effort

  • Preference for PhD candidates in electrical engineering, math, and computer engineering/science with high-level coursework completed in power systems modeling.

  • Experience in modeling and simulation of dynamic disturbances on the electromechanical simulation platforms (PSS/E, PSLF) Confident programming skills in Matlab, Python.

  • Machine learning and statistical inference with the applications on power systems

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 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: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Electricity Security

Opening Date: 2021-02-22

Closing Date: 2021-02-27