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NREL Battery Storage Controls and Modeling Strategic Lead in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Battery Storage Controls and Modeling Strategic Lead



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The energy system integration team at NREL is looking for an accomplished and dynamic candidate in the area of power system design and planning. The engineer will lead and contribute to research and development efforts in the area of battery controls modeling in association with renewable energy resources at both the transmission and distribution system levels. Research time will initially be split between 1) designing new projects for the new cross cutting area between grid integration and battery research and 2) creating next generation battery models for the evaluation of new algorithms.

The successful candidate will be part of the Power Systems Design & Planning Group in the Power Systems Engineering Center (PSEC) at NREL. PSEC supports the science and technology goals of the U.S. Department of Energy and NREL toward a sustainable energy future. The center works with the electricity industry to optimize strategies for effectively interconnecting renewable resources and emerging energy efficiency technologies in the existing electric power system.

The job responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with management and senior staff to develop new funding.

  • Executing major projects and/or programs, often in a project leadership role.

  • Interacting with and providing regular project reports to government and/or industrial clients.

  • Representing NREL as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects.

  • Publishing results in technical journals/conference proceedings

  • Presenting work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings.

  • Following all Environment, Safety, and Health policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment.


Basic Qualifications

PhD in electrical engineering or computer engineering and 3 or more years of related work experience. Or, Master's Degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering and 7 or more years of related work experience. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering and 9 or more years of related work experience.


Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership in several areas of team, task, or project lead responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated experience in management of projects.

  • Experience with technical computer-based simulations, ideally in energy systems. (See additional preferred qualifications below)

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have an extensive background in research and development for power systems planning and operations Specific preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in developing long-term power system planning models.

  • Experience in developing unit commitment and economic dispatch models.

  • Proficiency in integrating battery models with electrical system simulation programs (e.g. OpenDSS, GridLAB-D, SynergGEE, Powerworld, ).

  • An established national/international reputation in the power systems research and development community, as evidenced through publication record and service to the community.

  • Applies extensive engineering technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Considered a technical resource.

  • Demonstrates leadership in several areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated experience in management of projects.

  • Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


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