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Job Description

Conduct research on combined electrical-thermal systems modeling, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation, and controller evaluation, with a focus on Combined-heat-and-power (CHP) integration with grid-integrated buildings. Design the interface between the real-time simulation models and hardware, including CHP, thermal loop, and electrical hardware, to ensure an accurate and stable simulation. Develop and execute HIL test protocols to evaluate the performance of the electrical-thermal system and its controller. Modeling and simulation platform includes real-time power system modeling tools and building simulation tools.

Provide reports on technical work and input to technical publications and presentations. Follow all Environment, Safety, and Health policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Preferred Qualifications

Must be a current Ph.D. student majoring in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related fields. Ideal candidates will have extensive hands-on HIL simulation experience. Experience with CHP, EnergyPlus, real-time simulators and conducting HIL experiments preferred.. Proficiency in OPAL-RT real-time simulation platform and MATLAB/Simulink is required for this position. Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field of electrical-thermal systems. Previous hands-on laboratory experience working in related fields. Demonstrated experience in developing test setup, laboratory instrumentation, and running tests with electrical-thermal systems. Demonstrated experience in data acquisition and data processing for electrical-thermal systems.

Excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio).


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