Power Electronics and Controls Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7083228 (Ref:677936)

Posted: August 18, 2021

Job Description

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : Are you interested in tackling some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security? If you are passionate about your Experimental work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, join our dynamic team! You could be the Power Electronics and Controls Postdoctoral Appointee we are looking for! You will research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, theories, or technologies; to impact national security. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Review academic and product literature to maintain an understanding of the state of the art. + Plan, conceive, and conduct research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors. + Design, test, evaluate, and improve systems for performance, resilience, and reliability. + Simulate, prototype, and evaluate new systems. + Brainstorm and coordinate with team members to identify new solutions and new applications. + Document research findings internally, for peer review publication, and patent applications.

Required:
+ PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or other relevant field + Power Electronics and Controls research demonstrated through peer reviewed publications and professional presentations + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level clearance

Desired:
+ Experience with open and closed-loop control methods such as pulse width modulation and space vector modulation + Experience generating control software code and programming microcontrollers + Experience with RT Simulators (OPAL-RT, Typhoon, etc.) + Knowledge of electrical simulations tools (e.g. Matlab/Simulink, Sim Power Systems, PSCAD, PSSE, LTSPICE, and PSPICE) for steady-state and dynamic simulation of common electric utility disturbances + Familiarity with thermal management or heat-transfer means for power electronic systems + Experience with the design and operation of motors such as induction motor and synchronous motor technology including steady-state and dynamic/transient electrical models + Understanding of power electronic hardware fabrication and testing + Research experience in an area relevant to microgrid (military or civilian) design, control, and testing + Knowledge of electric energy storage technologies such as batteries, flywheels, electrochemical capacitors, etc. + Familiarity with power system planning tools such as PSLF/PSDS, PSS/E or equivalent + High voltage electrical safety training or willingness to complete training + Strong interpersonal skills, including effective leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution and mentoring skills + Experience with ultra-wide band gap devices + Fundamental understanding and experience with grounding and shielding

Department Description:

Department 1353 is a multidisciplinary research and development group supporting NNSA Defense and Work for Other (WFO) Programs. Our capabilities include experimental electromagnetics, the design and manufacturing of advanced power electronics, compact high current drivers, electron beam accelerators, x-ray sources, development and analysis of advanced materials and components, and plasma physics. Department 1353 employs a comprehensive research approach that includes analysis, simulation, and hardware verification.

About Sandia:

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include; 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home) + Generous vacations, strong medical 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.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. 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. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. : 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.

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.


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