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Senior R&D Staff - Grid Modeling/Controls

Date: Nov 20, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37931

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 7565 


The Grid Components and Controls Group (GCC) in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures Division (EEID) within the Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking to fill a Senior R&D Staff position to perform R&D in modeling, simulation, analysis, and/or control of emerging power grids with high penetration of renewables, storages and power electronics. Primary research focus will be developing novel or improved algorithms/approaches for (white-box or black-box) modeling and computing power system transients,  analyzing architectural or topological aspects and control dynamics for resilience and stability, operating and controlling the grid in a decentralized or distributed way. Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, skills, and education.


The GCC Group supports the Energy Department (DOE), including 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 mission of electricity grid resilience, reliability, energy security, environmental stewardship, and affordability of energy supplies. The GCC Group conducts advanced grid research, development, testing, and evaluation. In addition to the control-centric R&D utilizing its Distributed Energy Communications and Control (DECC) facility and Advanced Grid Control Lab, the group also performs activities in power cable testing using its Powerline Conductor Accelerated Testing (PCAT) facility, microgrid development using the COMMANDER Testbed, newl grid components (e.g. power flow controller, adaptive protection, smart inverters, etc.) development, hardware-in-the-loop simulations, grid macro-analysis, and market impact assessment of new technologies.


The successful Senior R&D candidate will be responsible for leading one research theme and managing research projects to support one or more of GCC’s grid research themes. The candidate should be a thought leader in conducting research on advanced grid resilience and reliability technologies and achieving transformative changes in defining the grid of the future. In addition, the candidate shall be able to communicate and influence stakeholders (including internal and external, government and private sector) on new concepts, R&D opportunities, and results, and shall work collaboratively to support other ORNL staff and to offer career guidance and mentoring to junior staff.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires a Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience, an M.S. with a minimum of 12 years experience, or a B.S. with 15 years experience.
  • Successful candidates should have extensive power systems, power electronics, and control research backgrounds.
  • The candidate should have experience writing competitive research proposals.
  • The candidate should have excellent oral skills to make presentations and written communication skills to prepare reports and proposals.
  • The candidate should have previous relevant research publications on top-ranking journals.
  • The candidate should have a strong commitment to scientific integrity and strong interpersonal skills to provide technical leadership and support team building.
  • The candidate should be able to lead and mentor junior staff within the GCC group to develop concentrated group capabilities on-grid modeling and/or control technologies.   


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong research experience in electromagnetic transient modeling, stability analysis, and control of inverter-based power systems using proven and new techniques, e.g., dynamic phasor, harmonic state-space models, generalized averaging theory, and eigenvalue- or impedance-based criteria.
  • Skilled in nonlinear control theory, large-signal modeling, and stability analysis.
  • Experience in large-scale power system modeling, computing, simulation, and analysis. 
  • Leading PI experience on awarded research projects is highly desired.
  • Familiar with the commercially available (or open-source) power systems and power electronics simulation tools.
  • Active involvement in IEEE professional societies (PES and PELS) and collaborative working experience with diverse types of stakeholders.


ORNL Ethics and Conduct:

  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Benefits at ORNL:

  • UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.



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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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