Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in Berkeley, CA.
Support and lead activities in modeling and analysis of electrical distribution networks. Develop, validate and implement models and utilize tools for complex analysis, optimization, planning and control of electrical distributed resources, such as residential solar and electrical vehicles. Leverage background in traditional operation of the power systems network and how this is set to change with an evolving generation mix. Use emerging machine learning techniques in analyzing large data sets emerging from electrical power networks. Design nonlinear and adaptive control algorithms to manage aggregations of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for electric grid resiliency and cybersecurity. Design reinforcement learning-based control policies to manage aggregations of DER to mitigate cyber attacks on electric power systems. Design algorithms for disaggregation of solar photovoltaic generation data from behind the meter DER using utility grid telemetry. Design algorithms for forecasting solar photovoltaic generation using utility grid telemetry. Develop dynamic state estimation models to infer distribution and transmission system states. Develop computer programs to simulate electric grid behavior. Develop computer programs to simulate the behavior of novel control systems for aggregations of DER. Develop Application Program Interfaces (APIs) to interface computer simulations to standard utility simulation and analysis tools. Properly document all research material and computer code. Contribute to technical reports. Attend conferences and write journal articles to disseminate. Participate in workshops and peer reviews for project sponsors and other industry stake-holders. Assist in managing students and affiliates.
Master's in Electrical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, or related technical field and 6 months of experience in job offered or engineering related occupation.
Position requires coursework, project, internship or thesis in the following:
Operation of the electric distribution and transmission systems.
Developing and analyzing feedback control systems using both classical control and state space techniques, including: linear state-feedback, observer design and control system design using frequency response.
Optimization of the electrical power system incorporating system constraints, e.g. generator constraints, reserves requirements etc.
Analytical or scientific software using Matlab, as well as computer programming languages, including C, Python.
Use of statistical and probability techniques and hypothesis testing.
Use of techniques from nonlinear systems theory and control, including Lyapunov's methods, small-signal methods and bifurcation analysis to analyze power system stability.
Dynamic mathematical models of components of the electric power system, including synchronous machines, transformers, power electronics and distributed energy resources.
Using analytic and scientific software programs to simulate the electric grid.
Interfacing developed simulation tools with utility simulation tools.
*This position is eligible for LBNL's Employee Referral Program benefit(s).
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