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Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a 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.

What You Will Do:
Lead and assist in algorithm and scalable platform development relevant to distributed energy resource (DER) planning, deployment and control in large networks.
Lead and assist in scalable design, development, testing and performance tuning of optimization algorithms suitable for large energy system analysis
Lead and assist in scalable design, development, test and integration of DER and building systems control platform
Lead and assist in the diverse tasks related to conceptualizing, designing, building, developing, and testing relevant analytical tools, sensors and conducting field measurements.
Contribute to the dissemination of the Group’s scientific and engineering advances through publications in peer-reviewed archival journals and other relevant technical media, presentations at conferences and via webinars, and through development and participation in training programs.
Create, design and execute experiments or simulations aimed at elucidating the nature of the problems specific to distribution power systems under a variety of externalities and internal component configurations and control approaches.
Perform and oversee the detailed analysis of data from these tests or simulations and their dissemination and publication.
Troubleshoot all stages of experimental process, including installation of new equipment, their calibration, verification, and automated data collection. As needed, organize the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for various aspects of the Grid Integration Group’s hardware lab operation, maintenance, periodic recalibration, and upgrades.
Learn and keep-up with advances in technology, theory, and software relevant design and operation of distribution grids.
Interface with collaborators, research and technical staff, leadership, and administrative staff of the Energy Technologies Area, and funding sponsors.
Assist in identifying new funding opportunities aligned with the strategic interests of the Grid Integration Group, and prepare proposals in response.
Lead, and mentor postdoctoral fellows, technical staff, graduate students and other group members as necessary.
Attend group meetings, and present status reports and scientific findings at group meetings, conferences, and workshops.
Keep accurate and detailed record of laboratory and analytical work.

What is Required:
Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Math, Operations Research or an engineering science relevant to distribution grids and microgrids, or equivalent demonstrated research experience and expertise.
Experience in experimental measurements, data analysis, and simulations of distribution grids.
Familiarity with all four relevant fields of engineering science:
Predictive simulations of system performance under various control designs for stochastic external and internal conditions.
Real time analysis of grid-sensor data for fault diagnostics and fault-tolerant controls operations.
Hardware design, development, and testing, of components and systems performance under a variety of realistic conditions.
Economic and reliability assessments of alternative configurations of distribution grids under various externalities.
Microgrid control optimizations and architectures of scalable systems.
Demonstrated experience working with different solvers, GAMS and related tool frameworks.
Demonstrated experience working with Mixed Integer Programming and Non Linear. Programming Models and Frameworks.
Demonstrated experience designing high performance optimization algorithms and implementations.
Demonstrated experience with cloud ready large software system design with multiple interfaces.
Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues with tact and diplomacy.
Demonstrated ability to independently carry out creative research with a proven record of publications and achievement.
Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to troubleshoot experimental processes and/or simulations, and provide analysis and offer solutions.
Excellent organizational, analytical, and record-keeping skills.
Demonstrated ability to accurately and eloquently represent and promote scientific projects to audiences of diverse technical backgrounds.
Highly effective interpersonal skills, with experience in establishing effective collaborations and interacting with members of the scientific, instrumentation, field-work and electrical power-related institutional agencies, and funding research-sponsor communities.
Excellent communication skills both verbal and writing, with demonstrated experience preparing funding proposals, writing technical reports, making presentations, interacting with internal and external clients.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Prior experience with distribution-grids or microgrids, under controlled experimental conditions, with simulations, or with field research is preferred.
Cloud ready optimization based platform design, development and deployment.
Microgrid control optimizations and architectures of scalable systems.
Experience with building and commissioning, and using scientific instrumentation related to distribution grids and microgrids is preferred.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on May 27, 2018.

This is a full time career appointment.

Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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