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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Senior Power & Energy System Research Engineer in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Senior Power & Energy System Research Engineer

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Regular

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Hours Per Week

40

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Job Description

The Power System Engineering Center (PSEC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is inviting applications for a senior research position to work on government and industry sponsored research in the area of power and energy systems. Specific expertise in dynamic and transient modeling, Power-Hardware-In-the-Loop (PHIL), Controller-Hardware-In-the-Loop (CHIL), steady state assessment, and real-time simulations is required. Multi-domain co-simulation expertise for power systems, electrified transportation, communications, hydropower, thermal systems, etc. is needed. The researcher should also have significant experience in the broad area of transient and dynamic modeling of power systems using real-time tools (RTDS, Opal RT, Typhoon HIL, etc.) and non-real-time tools (PSCAD, DigSilent, PSLF, etc.). The researcher should have substantial experience of real-time simulations, PHIL, and CHIL of novel technologies for grid integration with transmission, distribution, microgrids, etc. Experience in establishing a research facility/lab and managing early-career researchers to meet technical targets that solve relevant and cutting-edge challenges is a must.

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Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and 7 years or more experience,

Or, master’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical and 10 or more years of experience.

Or, relevant bachelor’s degree and 13 or more years of experience.

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Additional Required Qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Ph.D. degree in the field of power systems and renewable energy

  • Experience in transient and dynamic modeling of power systems, hydropower, inverter-based renewable energy, and other relevant technologies

  • Experience in real-time simulations, hardware-in-the-loop, controller-hardware-in-the-loop, co-simulation of multi-domain systems such as electrical, thermal, communications, mechanical, controls, etc.

  • Experience in distributed real-time simulations with working knowledge of latency mitigation techniques

  • Experience in assessing grid modernization methodologies from early stage R&D to deployment

  • Experience in modeling and practical functioning of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, and hydropower

  • Experience in electrified transportation sectors including smart charge management of electric vehicles and high-power charging (> 350 kW for light duty and 1+ MW for heavy duty)

  • Experience in grid integration of energy storage systems, hydrogen electrolyzers, electric vehicles, buildings, etc. is highly desirable

  • Knowledge of relevant IEEE, IEC, SAE, etc. standards including in the field of power systems and electrified transportation

  • Knowledge of electricity market operation

  • Excellent publication track record demonstrating ability to conduct high-quality research and must be well recognized in relevant technical communities such as IEEE, SAE, ASME, etc.

  • Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Additional Required Qualifications

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Work independently to investigate and/or conduct, test, and document research and experiments

  • Provide reports on technical work and input to technical publications and presentations

  • Publish results in technical journals and conference proceedings

  • Present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings, effective in person and virtually

  • Work with management and staff to develop funding in the power systems and transportation related research areas

Preferred Qualifications

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