Research Associate - Grid Modeling

Date: Mar 16, 2024

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12531 

ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us and help solve the world's most challenging energy problems!



The Power Systems Resilience (PSR) Group in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division (EEID) within the Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a Research Associate to perform R&D in the areas of bulk power systems simulations and high-fidelity dynamic and transient power electronics resources modeling. Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education. The successful candidate should be highly self-motivated and independent in conducting research under general guidance, and is expected to prepare manuscripts for scientific publication and present the work to sponsors and at conferences.


The PSR Group supports the energy security and prosperity mission of the Energy Department (DOE) through transformative science and technology solutions, including research supporting the Office of Electricity (OE), Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on the integration of new technologies, identifying and validating new ways of using existing and emerging grid assets to ensure grid reliability, grid resilience, environmental stewardship, and affordability of energy supplies. The PSR group focuses on electric grid modeling, energy security analysis, protection systems R&D, dynamic/transient modeling and analysis with power electronics-based devices, and system operation and control R&D of bulk power systems with power electronics-based devices.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop electromagnetic transient models for bulk power systems, power electronics-based resouces (e.g. HVdc, solar PV inverters), synchronous generators, loads, etc.
  • Develop simulation algorithms that enable large-scale simulations and/or AI/ML experience for intelligence in simulations or for data-driven modeling.
  • Integrate (or co-simulate) grid component/device models into open-source software tools for integrated system dynamic and transient simulations.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience post-Ph.D.
  • Expertise in power systems and power electronics.
  • Experience in C/C++, Matlab, and Python programming.
  • Experience in power systems software like PSCAD, PSS/e.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in real-time simulation hardware like Opal-RT and RTDS.
  • Experience with software development.
  • Experience with use of DSPs, FPGAs, advanced computing (e.g., GPUs, QPUs).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs.


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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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