Postdoctoral Appointee - Power System Control, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Job posting number: #7084004 (Ref:678098)
Posted: August 27, 2021
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. : 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. : The Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department is seeking a dedicated and hardworking Postdoc who is a motivated researcher with interests in control, optimization and machine learning for the utilization of energy storage systems in various applications. Examples include distributed control of energy storage systems and maximizing the revenue of energy storage for grid ancillary services, behind-the-meter applications (time-of-use, net metering, power quality, resiliency, etc.). You will be encouraged to do research, collaborate with partners and generate publications (e.g. technical reports, conference publications, and journal publications). We fully expect that the successful candidate will not have the entire range of desired experience, and will help them grow and acquire new expertise while working at Sandia. Some travel will be required. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Work with multiple 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. + Participate in developing Sandia’s analytic software tools in Energy Storage and related areas. + Work closely with our partners such as other national labs, universities and industry.
+ PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field + Background in one or more of the following: power system control, optimization, or control theory + Proficiency in Python, MATLAB + Excellent verbal and written communication skills as evidenced through a strong publication record through journal, conference publications and technical reports. + Experience in developing technical proposal preparations for new research topics
+ Self-motivated and able to work autonomously with minimal supervision and ability to work in a teaming environment + Experience with modeling and analysis of distributed energy systems, possibly including cyber-security aspects + Understanding the Machine Learning and applications + Understanding of energy storage technologies and grid integration + 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)
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.
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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 who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as 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 for Federal 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.
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.