Date Posted: Jul 16, 2019
This 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 an inventive and hardworking Postdoctoral Appointee who is a motivated researcher with an interest in analytics and quantitative models for the optimal utilization of 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 you are looking for. In this position, you will have the opportunity to 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. As a member of this dynamic, multi-disciplinary team, you will also participate in developing Sandia’s analytic software tools in Energy Storage and related areas by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. We fully expect you will not have the entire range of desired experience, and will help with career growth and the ability to acquire new expertise. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Utilize your background in energy analytics, computational modeling, energy economics, optimization, and power and energy systems; + 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/power systems, with the focus on renewable energy, smart grids, microgrids; + Understanding of optimization methods and applications in power systems and control; + Understanding of energy storage technologies and grid integration; + Proficiency in Python, MATLAB.
+ Ability to work independently with minimal direction and in a teaming environment; + Strong publication record demonstrated through journal, conference publications and technical reports; + Experience in developing technical proposal preparations for new research topics; + Knowledge of power system economics; + Understanding the Machine Learning and applications in Big Data; + Experience with power system simulation software (e.g. PSLF, PSCAD, PowerWorld, PSSE); + Hands-on experience with hardware-in-the-loop real time simulators (e.g., Opal-Rt, RTDS); + 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. 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 must 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 DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must 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.
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.