Postdoctoral Appointee - Power System Optimization R&D
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Posted on: September 18, 2023
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What Your Job Will Be Like
The Electric Power Systems Research group at Sandia National
Laboratories is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee in Power System
Research with a strong background in optimization. In this
position, you will focus on making technical contributions and
leading projects in the area of electric grid optimization problems
related to power system planning and operations, grid resilience,
decarbonization, and electricity markets.
Projects will include developing optimization models focused on
solving multi-disciplinary complex problems related to the electric
grid. You will use power systems data and have the ability to
program and create power systems tools for electric utilities and
electric grid decision makers. The position will include
partnering/interacting with multiple external organizations,
working in a team environment, and publishing peer reviewed
conference and journal articles.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Demonstrate technical knowledge with a focus on power system
Demonstrate creativity and ingenuity to provide software and
Work with colleagues and external collaborators to develop
innovative solutions to emerging challenges facing the power
Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, conferences,
Present research findings to sponsors and externally to
professional communities, e.g., IEEE, CIGRE, industry workshops,
Due to the nature of the work, the selected candidate must be able
to work onsite at the Sandia Albuquerque location.
Qualifications We Require
Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, or
related science and engineering fields
Expertise in optimization applied to power systems
A proven track record of peer reviewed publications related to
power systems and/or optimization
Qualifications We Desire
Technical knowledge in power system simulation and analysis
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Strong programming ability and analytical skills, including
proficiency with Python and MATLAB.
Experience developing optimization models and improving model
Experience processing and analyzing real power systems data.
Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal
supervision and ability to work in a team environment
About Our Team
Sandia National Laboratories is a U.S. research laboratory for the
U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) and supports numerous federal, state, and
local government agencies, companies, and organizations. For more
than 70 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and
technology to resolve the nation's most challenging issues.
The Electric Power Systems Research Department is focused on novel
R&D to enable the modernization of the nation's electric power
grid. This work includes power system dynamics; grid stability;
power system planning and operations; power system protection;
threat modeling; grid resilience metrics and modeling; power
systems controls and optimization techniques, and artificial
intelligence and data analytics applied to the electric grid. The
department is highly inter-disciplinary working closely with many
departments across Sandia, while simultaneously working
collaboratively with universities, utilities, government agencies,
and other national research organizations.
Sandia offers an extremely competitive salary, 401k, healthcare,
and overall benefits package. Sandia is consistently named a Forbes
500 Best Large Employers and is dedicated to cultivating valued
professional and lifestyle opportunities that support a dynamic
workforce focused on excellence and innovation.
This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum
of seven (7) calendar days, including the 'posting date'. Sandia
reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy
(DOE) security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background
review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law
enforcement records, and employment/education verifications.
Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force
background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance
abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal
activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of
untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated,
resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and
subsequent termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary
to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on
positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background
review may be conducted prior to a required federal background
investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be
U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the
U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security
clearance may be impacted.
Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require
uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment,
are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity
Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber
(logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information
technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to
individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the
performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The
UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment,
SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306
(Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV
determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued
badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL
subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination
to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may
try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran
status and any other protected class under state or federal
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If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview
at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps
necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements
prior to the interview date.
This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one
year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five
additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five
years prior to employment.
Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia
positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be
converted to regular career positions during their term if
warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of
funds, and satisfactory job performance.
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