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Power System Modeling, Simulation, and Controls Engineer

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4905 


We are seeking a Power system modeling, simulation, and controls engineer who will focus on the modeling, analysis, and design of novel control systems for smart electrical power sytems. This position will involve working closely with a team of engineers to address challenging control problems faced by the national power grid as it transitions to a future in which distributed generation, renewables, and controllable loads play a crucial role in enabling economical, reliable, and environmentally sustainable power generation and delivery. This position resides in Systems Engineering and Cybernetics Group in the Computational Sciences & Engineering Division of the Computing & Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As part of our research team, you will…


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct novel research to improve the computational performance of large-scale power system dynamic simulations that are used for the development of advanced control concepts.
  • Design and analysis of novel algorithms for the distributed control of loads within residential and small to medium commercial buildings to provide a variety of grid ancillary services, including demand response, frequency regulation, and voltage regulation.
  • Design and analysis of novel algorithms for control microgrids that mix small scale fossil fuel generation with significant renewable power sources.
  • Publish research findings in high impact journals and conferences.
  • Support the development of research proposals to the Department of Energy and other sponsors.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other field relevant to the job duties.
  • Demonstrated research experience in the areas of power systems modeling, control systems modeling or communication systems.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for working within a highly diverse team, as well as strong oral and written communications skills, good organizational habits, and a high degree of personal motivation.
  • Experience with development and analyses of power system models, and a publications record in leading peer-reviewed journals.
  • Proven analytical skills using Python, Matlab, C++ and/or similar, and experience with statistical analyses techniques.


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 an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.  


Relocation:  Moving is stressful and expensive, and UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.



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.

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