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Senior Power Systems Research Engineer - Communications / Integration

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Boise
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

**Overview**The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division is one of PNNL's most innovative teams. We are talented, award-winning administrators, specialists, technicians, managers, scientists and engineers, and we're working at the forefront of some of America's toughest energy challenges. Our mission is to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to energy challenges that have impacts on a national-scale. We employ a systems perspective that addresses technological, economic, regulatory, and market barriers to improve the nation's energy systems from generation to end-use. We provide transparent, reproducible, and unbiased results to guide policy and technological innovation.The Distributed Systems Group is focused on designing, testing, and applying edge solutions to enhance the resiliency and efficiency of our Nation's infrastructure and of distributed sites that rely on that infrastructure, while paving the way for integrating large numbers of devices into a holistic energy system. The group's capabilities include: renewables/technology integration; distribution system modeling and planning; grid architecture and system engineering; asset & portfolio valuation; and power electronics.This position focuses on leading and developing new distributed systems research that explores integration of new information and communication technologies with advanced distributed controls and coordination schemes to accelerate transformation of the nation's energy infrastructure to a secure, resilient, and decarbonized future.**Responsibilities**+ Researches, develops, designs, and tests large, IoT scale, distributed electrical/electronic, telecommunication, software systems, as well as their operations and control with related optimization techniques.+ Identifies system requirments and develops system architectures of large distributed systems including electric power and telecommunication system components and controls, software and embedded firmware components and there secure management, compute elements spanning cloud to edge, and all associated interfaces.+ Adapts and applies information theory, communication theory, and control theory to design intelligent energy systems with desired behaviors..+ Determines design approaches and parameters. Analyzes equipment to establish operating data, conducts experimental tests, and evaluates results. Oversees all aspects of systems development lifecycle.+ Researches, develops, and applies platforms, tools, simulations, and models of communication, control systems and their relation to electric power systems and components addressing problems in planning, operations, economics, resilience, and optimization of overall system performance.+ Designs and develops new techniques and methodologies for control and integration, including telecommunications systems and analytics, of diverse energy resources and points of consumption.+ Leads the development of new project opportunities with program managers in sponsoring organizations.+ Applies systems thinking and systems engineering approaches to integrate power systems, software systems, telecommunications systems, or other technical domains in system analysis, design, and implementation.+ Effectively facilitates communication across a multi-disciplinary team, laboratory leadership and external stakeholders.**Qualifications**Minimum Qualifications:+ BS/BA with 7 years of experience+ MS/MA with 5 years of experience+ PhD with 3 years of experiencePreferred Qualifications:+ Experience with design and/or operation of information and communication technology solutions for the electric energy industry across multiple network domains and technologies: core, WAN, FAN, substation and wired, wireless.+ Knowledge and experience in telecommunications system networks, architecture, operation, electronics, management software, and system modeling and simulation.+ Excellent verbal and written communications skills displayed in team leadership and external stakeholders.+ Knowledge and experience in power system operations and management.+ Experience with telecommunication systems modeling and anlaysis tools such as NS3, OPNet, CORE, EDX, Planet+ Knowledge of power system model and simulation tools.+ Experience with co-simulation, for example with HELICS or other co-simulation or federated simulation tools to support integrated power and communication systems analysis.+ Experience with developing and applying system architectures for complex systems+ Experience with software development using Python, C++, Java, MATLAB, etc.+ Hands-on experience in definition and management of complex software projects including familiarity of s/w design methodology and tools/platforms+ Experience with software development and deployment, in particular for distributed systems.+ Knowledge of telecommunication protocols and standards such as IEEE 802.15.4, 802.11, MPLS, carrier ethernet, SONET, 3gpp.+ Knowledge of information models and standards utilized in power system industry such as IEC 61970/61968 CIM, MultiSpeak, IEEE 1547, IEC 61850, IEEE 2030.5, IEEE 1815, IEC 60255-118-1**Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment**Not Applicable**Additional Information**Not Applicablereferral eligible**About PNNL**Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab's campus is only a 45-minute flight (or -3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.**Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity**Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at careers@pnnl.gov.**Drug Free Workplace**PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.**Mandatory Requirements**Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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