National Renewable Energy Laboratory Electric Vehicle Grid Integration – Controls and Hardware Researcher in Golden, Colorado
Electric Vehicle Grid Integration – Controls and Hardware Researcher
CO - Golden
Hours Per Week
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This position will be filled at the Researcher Level II or III, based on the basic and required qualifications of the selected candidate:
As the only national laboratory solely dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy research, NREL is laser focused on enabling a clean energy future for the world. To help us answer the challenge, we are seeking a diligent, innovative engineer to join our Electric Vehicle Grid Integration (EVGI) Team to contribute to projects that will make electric vehicle charging fast, accessible, resilient and affordable. Specifically, you will support vehicle charging technology development, integration, and validation that will support these objectives. As a member of the EVGI Team, you will join a cross-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists that conduct advanced energy research in NREL’s world-class Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) as well as other locations within and outside NREL.
This position will develop vehicle charging technologies and concepts and demonstrate these capabilities in a laboratory setting with the aim of enhancing the value of renewables and plug-in electric vehicles. Specific research tasks will investigate technology such as electric vehicle smart charging strategies, ultra-high power (>350kW) DC charging systems, operation of DC microgrids, integration of distributed energy resources, behind the meter storage and integrated building energy management systems. The successful candidate will also support engineering analysis to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of integrated plug-in vehicle and microgrid systems which may include managed electric vehicle charging, renewable energy resources, behind the meter storage and other distributed energy resources.
For the Researcher Level II position:
The Researcher Level II works under general guidance and supervision from the manager and senior analysts. The Level II has general knowledge and application of the technical standards, principles, theories, and techniques.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Researcher Level II:
Provides solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity
Takes initiative to set direction and goals for assigned tasks.
Provides technical coordination and/or guidance to others as needed.
Contributes to the completion of milestones on multiple projects and/or specific programmatic objectives
May contribute to the production of materials for technical products, reports, documents, presentations, and concept papers, and has the ability to present findings at national technical meetings.
Fully competent in all conventional applications of knowledge common to the specific discipline and function of work assigned.
For the Researcher Level III position:
The Researcher Level III functions independently with minimal supervision and guidance. The Level III has a rich, in-depth understanding and wide application of the technical principles, theories, and concepts.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Researcher Level III:
All duties as mentioned above for the Researcher II
Leads technical decision-making and direction at the project level.
Document and present engineering results to an array of clients and audiences
Publish results in technical reports, conference papers, or journal articles
Interact with sponsors at the U.S. Department of Energy and elsewhere to refine and manage existing research activities
Coordinate complex research planning efforts and conduct research with minimal supervision to include: systems integration planning, strategic model development, laboratory research plan execution, and presentation of complex system conclusions.
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 relevant experience .
PhD in Electrical Engineering or related field.
Or, Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field and 3 or more years of relevant experience.
Or, Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field and 5 or more years of relevant experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
Research laboratory working knowledge and experience with vehicles and/or testing. Experience with hardware testing and/or prototype system development.
Demonstrated experience using digital oscilloscope, multi-meter, and programmable loads.
A broad understanding and wide application of principles, theories, and concepts in operations, controls, and optimization of power systems areas and evaluation of centralized and distributed control algorithms with applications to real time hardware in the loop simulation systems.
General knowledge of control algorithms for buildings, managed EVs and/or microgrids
Proficiency in electrical system simulation programs (e.g. OpenDSS, GridLAB-D, Matlab/Simulink)
Experience on projects using smart grid controls interface systems such as SEP2.0, ModBus, OCPP, BACnet, MQTT, and RESTful APIs.
General understanding of electric vehicle-related interface and communications standards CAN, SAE J1772, J2836, J2847, J3068, J3072, IEC 61851, CHAdeMO.
Experience with digital real-time simulators (i.e. Opal-RT, RTDS, Typhoon, etc.)
Comprehensive knowledge of the electric vehicle and utility industry; regulated and unregulated electric utility markets, as well as cutting-edge smart grid concepts and developments.
Knowledge of utility related standards including UL 1741, IEEE 1547 and IEEE2030, and IEC 61850.
Ability to create and/or interpret electrical one-line diagrams, wiring diagrams, and plans.
Ability to effectively communicate with and advise external clients.
Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field.
General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project.
Experience in management and implementation of real-world engineering projects.
Understanding of renewable energy project development fundamentals.
Experience deploying and validating distributed energy technologies and systems.
Experience working for a utility or with electric distribution systems
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Annual Salary Range: $68,000 - $112,200
Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.
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