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R&D Associate Staff Member, Advanced Grid Power Electronics Systems

Date: Jan 6, 2021

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4236 



The Power Electronics Systems Integration Group (PESI) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is actively seeking applicants for a power electronics research associate full-time staff position to conduct research on futuristic power electronics interfaces for the grid. The successful candidates should be capable of developing innovative solutions for futuristic power electronic grid interfaces and validating them through hardware in loop (HIL) platforms or experimental prototypes. For this, the candidate is expected to have a good understanding of the requirements of power electronics from components to systems, embedded controllers, and communication interfaces for grid applications. Experience in designing  and testing high power converters is crucial.  The candidate will contribute to the development of high-power grid-tied converters with controls, protection, communication, and optimization.


Major Duties / Responsibilities


  • Conduct R&D projects and help the expansion of R&D to take advantage of our multidisciplinary capabilities, multimodal strengths, and unique tools and capabilities.


  • Be well versed in power converter topologies, associated controls, and system architectures with hierarchical controls.


  • Should have a good knowledge base on the requirements and trends in futuristic power electronics grid interfaces and their components development.


  • Experience with embedded platforms for controller development and communication interface development and testing. A good understanding of the communication requirements for grid applications is necessary.


  • Be familiar with the standards and compliance corresponding to power grid such as IEEE 519, 1547, 2030.


  • Contribute to system level hardware design and optimization of high-power grid-tied systems.


  • Network and develop collaborative R&D with other groups and divisions internally and with DOE, the industry, and the utilities.


  • Prepare new proposals to the internal and external funding agencies.


  • Have good oral and written skills so that they can prepare and present research results to sponsors, peer reviewers, industry partners and others and at technical meetings such as IEEE sponsored conferences.


  • Experience in leading projects, test platform development etc. is appreciated.




  • A Ph.D. in electrical engineering with a focus on power electronics applications for the grid
  • Industry experience related to high power inverter design and optimization.
  • Experience with software platforms including MATLAB, PLECS, ANSYS, Solid works.
  • Experience in hardware in loop platforms like OPAL-RT.
  • Experience in compliance related to grid integration and harmonics.
  • Hands on laboratory experience performing testing and analysis is required.
  • Good oral and written communication skills to make presentations to sponsors and others and to prepare reports, proposals, and publications/journal articles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to support team building and leadership.
  • A publication history in prestigious international conferences and journals.
  • Demonstrated publication record of scientific results in either peer-reviewed journals, or presentations at national meetings, are expected.
  • Prior work experience with utilities will be valued for this position.
  • A strong commitment to scientific integrity is an important requirement.


Applicants should possess a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

Some travel will be required for this position.


No clearance is required.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville