Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department has a post-doctoral position open for a motivated researcher with an interest in analytics and quantitative models for the optimal utilization of energy storage systems for various applications. Examples include optimizing the use of energy storage for grid ancillary services, behind-the-meter applications (time-of-use, net metering, power quality, resiliency, etc.). This position provides opportunities to work with our utility partners, NRECA, EPRI, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The post-doctoral researcher will work with multiple optimization software packages (e.g., Pyomo, Matlab, CVX) as well as hardware-in-the-loop real time simulators (e.g., Opal-Rt) and energy storage system hardware. The post-doctoral researcher will also participate in developing Sandia’s analytic software tools in Energy Storage and related areas.

We are looking for a PhD in Electrical Engineering or closely related engineering field with a background in power and energy systems, energy analytics, computational modeling, energy economics, and optimization. The applicant will be expected to generate publications (e.g. technical reports, conference publications, and journal publications) that disseminate results for case studies that quantify the value of energy storage in various applications and scenarios (e.g. market area versus vertically integrated utility). The applicant will also work on case studies that document the technical performance of energy storage demonstration projects. The position significant opportunity to grow and acquire new expertise while working at Sandia. Some travel will be required.


PhD in electrical engineering or a closely related area, with the focus on energy and power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, microgrids.

Understanding of optimization methods and applications in power systems and control.

Understanding of energy storage technologies and grid integration.

Proficiency in Python, MATLAB.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision and ability to work in a teaming environment

Strong publication record demonstrated through journal, conference publications and technical reports.

Experience in developing technical proposal preparations for new research topics

Knowledge of power system economics.

Understanding the Machine Learning and applications in Big Data.

Experience with power system simulation software (e.g. PSLF, PSCAD, PowerWorld, PSSE).

Hands-on experience with hardware-in-the-loop real time simulators (e.g., Opal-Rt, RTDS).

Department Description:

The Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department is focused on development of advanced energy storage technologies and systems including development of low cost battery technologies, safety and reliability of energy storage systems, power electronics and power conversion systems, safety and reliability of grid storage systems, computational and analytical tools for efficient utilization of energy storage in the electricity infrastructure. The Department manages several activities for the DOE OE Energy Storage program related to the deployment and demonstration of new energy storage projects, including the development of methods and tools to evaluate the performance of storage systems, and methods for the optimal utilization of energy storage assets. The department works closely with a number of departments across Sandia in materials sciences, power sources, electrical sciences, fire science, and renewables integration. We also have active collaborations with many stakeholders in the electricity industry including electric utilities, product developers, universities and other national laboratories to enable the development and rapid integration of energy storage technologies in the electricity infrastructure.

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Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

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EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT