Postdoctoral Appointee - Energy Storage Control and Optimization
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Job Number: 7060112 (Ref #: 668992)
- Posting Date: Sep 4, 2019
Job DescriptionThis postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : We are seeking a hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee who is a dynamic and motivated researcher with an interest in control and optimization methods to utilize energy storage systems for various applications. Are you passionate about working on projects that include optimizing the use of energy storage for grid ancillary services, behind-the-meter applications (time-of-use, net metering, power quality, resiliency, etc.)? This could be the career advancing opportunity that you are looking for to take your research to the next level. You will have the opportunity to closely work with our utility partners, EPRI, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. You will work with multiple optimization software packages (e.g., Pyomo, Matlab, CVX) as well as hardware-in-the-loop real time simulators (e.g., Opal-Rt) and energy storage system hardware by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Have an integral part in developing Sandia’s analytic software tools in Energy Storage and related areas; + Craft publications (e.g. technical reports, conference publications, and journal publications) that disseminate results for case studies that quantify the value of energy storage in various applications and scenarios (e.g. market area versus vertically integrated utility); + Work on case studies that document the technical performance of energy storage demonstration projects; + Travel as necessary.
+ PhD in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline conferred within the last five years; + Background in one or more of the following: power systems, optimization, or control; + Programming experience with MATLAB, Python, or similar; + Publication record demonstrated through journal and conference publications listed in resume/CV.
+ Background in control and optimization of networked, distributed, and stochastic systems; + Experience with modeling and analysis of distributed energy systems, possibly including cyber-security aspects; + Knowledge of power system dynamics and experience with transient stability simulation tools (e.g., PSLF); + Experience with real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation tools (e.g., OPAL-RT); + Experience utilizing big data and machine learning techniques; + Ability to work independently with minimal direction, and in a teaming environment; + Excellent oral and written communication skills.
The Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department is focused on the development of advanced energy storage technologies and systems including the development of low cost battery technologies, safety and reliability of energy storage systems, power electronics and power conversion systems, computational and analytical tools for efficient utilization of energy storage in the electricity infrastructure. In addition, the department manages several activities for the DOE OE Energy Storage program related to the deployment and demonstration of new energy storage projects, including the development of methods and tools to evaluate the performance of storage systems, and methods for the optimal utilization of energy storage assets. The department works closely with a number of departments across Sandia in materials sciences, power sources, electrical sciences, fire science, power systems, renewables and grid integration. We also have active collaborations with many stakeholders in the electricity industry including electric utilities, product developers, universities and other national laboratories to enable the development and rapid integration of energy storage technologies in the electricity infrastructure.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia and will require uncleared access during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.