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Power Systems Engineer-Richland, WA or Seattle, WA

RICHLAND, WA; SEATTLE, WA


Job Description

Job ID: 306899
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Electricity Infrastructure Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is currently seeking an experienced Power Systems Engineer with strong communication skills who proactively solves problems. The position will focus on performing research related to modeling and control of generation, transmission, or distribution systems.

Based on the candidate’s unique skills, experience, and education the position can be based at the PNNL campus location in Richland, WA or Seattle, WA.

• Provide subject matter expertise with a focus on power system models, algorithms, optimization and/or controls for power system planning and operations.
• Form and contribute to interdisciplinary teams to tackle high impact problems.
• Assist in developing new funding opportunities, working with business development leads to expand research portfolio.
• Creatively innovate new technical solutions.
• Contribute to individual projects; including working independently with other staff, communicating with clients, and assisting in ensuring milestones are met on schedule and budget.
• Contribute to project management plans for small to moderate multi-disciplinary projects.
• Publish research results and be accountable for ensuring the quality of products that result from the research performed.
• Prioritize concurrent assignments and exercise judgement on research conduct.
• Mentor junior staff.
• Collaborate with senior staff from across the lab and outside PNNL.
• Ensure safe operating practices are followed on the projects.
• Demonstrate the upmost professional integrity.


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree with 0-2 years experience or a PhD.
• Expected to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise.
• Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.


Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Electrical Engineering is preferred.
• Power system planning experience with utility or independent system operator is preferred.
• Strong background in the application of optimization techniques to power systems engineering.
• Experience using multiple power systems tools such as PSLF, PSS/E, PSCad, PowerWorld, GridLAB-D, MatPower, PROMOD, Plexos, RTDS, Opal-RT, etc.
• Active in IEEE Power and Energy Society, or comparable organization.
• Strong programming ability.
• Experience with cyber-security, cyber-physical systems, or data integrity is preferred.


Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306899
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings
Group: Electricity Infrastructure/Resilience