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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Electric Vehicle Grid Integration - Charging Evaluation Researcher in Golden, Colorado

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Electric Vehicle Grid Integration - Charging Evaluation Researcher



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

Working within NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences as part of the Electric Vehicle Grid Integration (EVGI) Team, this position will help integrate, optimize, and evaluate the operation of electric vehicle charging with buildings and renewables behind-the-meter. The successful candidate will join our grid integration and behind-the-meter storage laboratory at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) as we strive to integrate EV charging with onsite renewable generation, building, and energy storage as we explore new opportunities and challenges for electrification of on-road vehicles through high power (350 kW) charging at travel plazas and in commercial fleets.

The successful candidate will design and develop innovated vehicle-grid integration solutions with guidance from the project manager and develop necessary data, knowledge and control theory approaches to develop demonstrated hardware solutions to many of the control and communication challenges facing today’s grid integrated electric vehicle applications. Working with a cross-disciplinary team of engineers and scientist, this position will design and conduct advanced control research within NREL’s world class ESIF as well as other locations within NREL which will also include real time simulation and control of hardware in the loop (HIL) systems and events with other laboratories both within and outside of NREL. The objectives of this position include the need to sufficiently develop the charge control and communication systems to interface with local grid systems to enhance the value of plug-in electric vehicles. This research will investigate control, communication and optimization of AC and DC charging systems, smart charge management (SCM) strategies, ultra-high power (>350kW) DC charging systems, operation and operation of high voltage (1000VDC) microgrids, integration of distributed energy resources, behind the meter energy storage and management systems as well as supervisory energy aggregation and management systems..


Basic Qualifications

Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field and 2 or more years of related experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Experience in laboratory experiment design, development, and execution.

  • Familiarity with low-voltage (<600V) electrical infrastructure components, design, and protection practices.

  • Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of principles, theories, and concepts in embedded control and optimization of electric vehicle charging with distributed energy resources.

  • Exposure to concepts and methods in building system modeling, onsite generation forecasting, electric vehicle powertrain modelling, other relevant engineering systems modeling.

  • Excellence in the ability and interest to work in the laboratory and design experiments, but also to accomplish project management tasks and function successfully in a team environment through written and verbal communication.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates with knowledge of and experience with hybrid and electric vehicle technologies, such as high voltage batteries, inverters, and chargers; as well as knowledge of grid and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and back-office networks necessary for integrated EV-Grid operation. Further, preferred candidates will have qualifications in any of the following categories:

  • Experience with digital real-time simulators (i.e. Opal-RT, RTDS, Typhoon, etc.)

  • Proficiency in electrical system simulation programs (e.g. OpenDSS, GridLAB-D, Matlab/Simulink)

  • Understanding of electric vehicle-related interface and communications standards CAN, SAE J1772, J2836, J2847, J3068, J3072, IEC 61851, ISO 15118, and CHAdeMO.

  • Experience on projects using smart grid controls interface systems including, SEP2.0 (IEEE 2030), ModBus, Open Charge Point Protocol, OpenADR, SOAP web, RESTful, and Cloud services.

  • Knowledge of utility related standards including UL 1741, IEEE 1547, and IEC 6185

  • Demonstrated interaction with cross-disciplinary research team and external stakeholders.

  • Research laboratory working knowledge and experience with vehicle testing. Experience with hardware testing and/or prototype system development


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