Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Electric Power System Research in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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.
This hardworking team of scientists and engineers is seeking a dedicated and ambitious Postdoctoral Appointee with a passion for electric power system research.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Design protection schemes for the electric power grid with high penetrations of inverter-based generation;
- Perform complex engineering/scientific analysis in the area of system protection;
- Demonstrate proven technical knowledge with a focus on adaptive protection, short circuit calculations and relay coordination;
- Demonstrate creativity and ingenuity in providing software solutions and analytical solutions;
- Work with colleagues and involve external collaborators to determine innovative solutions to emerging challenges facing the power industry;
- Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journals, conferences, etc.;
- Present research findings to sponsors and externally to professional communities, e.g., IEEE, CIGRE, industry workshops, etc.
- PhD in Electrical Engineering or a related field;
- Proficiency in grid protection, protection relays and their applications, settings, and testing;
- Technical knowledge in power system simulation, analysis, dynamics or control.
- Strong interpersonal abilities including oral and written communication skills as well as a solid publication record;
- Proven programming ability and analytical skills, including proficiency with MATLAB, R, or Python;
- Experience with commercial protection software packages such as CAPE and ASPEN to perform relay coordination;
- Modeling power systems for planning using CYMDIST, Synergi, DiGSILENT PowerFactory, WindMil, or OpenDSS;
- Experience with electromagnetic transient modeling of protective relays in software like PSCAD or ATP-EMTP;
- Understanding of protection functions and programmable logic used in modern numerical Schweitzer, GE, ABB, Siemens relays;
- Experience with real-time digital simulators (like Opal-RT or RTDS).
The Electric Power Systems Research Department conducts R&D and advanced analytics to enable the modernization of the nation's electric power grid. This work includes the development of improved planning and operations methodologies from the bulk system down to end users. Our capabilities encompass the development and application of advanced algorithmic and computational methods, grid operations, economics, and policy. Examples of specific core areas include power system dynamics, operational reliability, advanced renewables integration, electricity market development, smart grid technologies and related information analysis, optimal resource expansion, and computationally based decision support. This department is highly inter-disciplinary, working collaboratively with universities, utilities, government agencies, and both national and international research organizations.
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- Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
- Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
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This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.
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