Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Please see two positions listed below.
Organization: Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division
Position 1: Staff Scientist
You will advance knowledge about the technology, design, operation and controls, economics, laboratory-tests and field-demonstration experiments for integration of distributed electricity sources (e.g., Solar PV, wind), storage devices (e.g., batteries), and control of distributed loads on electrical distribution grids and micro-grids. This research extends the Lab’s leadership in grid integration of DER, and modernized grid objectives. This position requires competence and skills in specialized areas of research and development relating to the programmatic needs of the division and the Grid integration group (GIG) leading independent research and development work.
What You Will Do:
• Conceive, design and demonstrate novel, robust and scalable applications of high fidelity distribution grid measurements, which support the grid modernization and DER integration goals of Energy Technologies Area (ETA) and the Grid integration group (GIG). Develop methodologies and techniques to address key barriers to advancing distribution grid science such as co-simulation and distribution planning model validation, tools development, resiliency, reliability and security of the distribution grid, as well as micro-grids.
• Prepare and present proposals and communicate directly with the funding agency to advance the global knowledge and understanding of various aspects of distribution power systems and DER integration, consistent with cutting edge science and technology. Identify new funding sources such as California Energy Commission (CEC), ARPA-E, SunShot, Department of Defense (DoD) that allow the development of the DER integration goals and testing facilities. Secure and support current funding sources from the DOE, CEC, and DoD.
• Develop strong relationships with industrial partners and the other lab consortiums to secure industry projects that support directly CEC and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DoD goals for DER integration. Achieve strong utility (IOU or municipal) buy in to technical project objectives ensuring projects can source real measured and modeled utility data enhancing the viability and impact of research, and true understanding of the research application to future grid objectives.
• Interact with Lab-wide professional staff and develops internal and external collaborations. Liaison between researchers, technical, facilities and engineering staff to integrate laboratory experimental equipment testing networks. This includes research and advisory collaborations with other departments within ETA and Lab wide (e.g. Computational Research Division). Also, establish research links to the University of California, Berkeley.
• Contribute to the growth of the Grid Integration Group, train, mentor, and promote junior staff. Secure and increase the leadership and lead team-building efforts.
• Lead peer reviewed journal, technical reports and conference publications advancing both the knowledge base in distribution system management, micro-grids, and analytics and the further growth and visibility of the GIG team.
To apply: click here to view full description and apply.
Position 2: Energy/ Environmental Policy Analyst Research Scientist
Working within the Grid Integration Group, you will advance knowledge about the technology, design, operation and controls, economics, laboratory-tests and field-demonstration experiments for integration of distributed electricity sources (e.g., Solar PV, wind), storage devices (e.g., batteries), and control of distributed loads on electrical distribution grids and microgrids.
You will be expected to play a key role in achieving the goals of the Grid Integration Group by contributing to achieve the following objectives:
- Advance the knowledge of distribution power systems characteristics through well-conceived and well-conducted experiments.
- Develop, test, and demonstrate new designs of electrical power systems sensing and control architectures.
- Develop, test new optimization algorithms, techniques and platforms for design, development, control and deployment of microgrids and Distributed Energy Resources.
- Conceive, design, and demonstrate (in the lab, and later in the field) robust, accurate, and scalable technologies for field measurements of distribution grid and microgrid power systems performance metrics.
- Conceptualize, develop and write successful proposals for advancing the global knowledge and understanding of various aspects of distribution power systems, consistent with cutting edge science and technology, consistent with economics and relevant aspects of social sciences.
The position requires excellent ability to think innovatively and independently, and contribute to explore, accomplish, test and demonstrate advances in (and the connections between) various aspects of distribution power systems planning, measures of performance metrics, and operation, while also being mindful of real-world preferences and constraints of relevant institutions and customers.
To apply: click here to view full description and apply.
About Berkeley Lab:
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