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Electric Power System Protection Postdoctoral Appointee
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Sandia National Laboratories | Albuquerque, NM
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Job Description


The Electric Power Systems Research Department has a post\-doctoral position open for a motivated researcher with an interest in power system protection and modernization of the distribution system\. We are looking for a PhD in Electrical Engineering or related field with a background in power systems, with an emphasis on distribution systems, microgrids, and power system protection\.

On any given day you may be called on to:

+ Conduct research on developing new power system protection algorithms and improved resilience for distribution systems and microgrids\. There is also a focus on renewable and distributed energy systems and their integration with electrical power systems, including microgrid power systems\.
+ Research with a focus on microgrid and distribution system protection design under high inverter\-based DER penetration using highly reconfigurable protection schemes including adaptive overcurrent and non\-overcurrent schemes and fault location schemes\. These strategies will also be investigated through hardware\-in\-the\-loop \(HIL\) testing using distributed generation hardware and controls to test electrical distribution system performance such as voltage regulation and protection schemes\.
+ Generate publications \(e\.g\. technical reports, conference publications, and journal publications\) that disseminate results for the design and analysis of new protection approaches, as well as concepts for modernizing the distribution system\. We fully expect that the successful candidate will not have the entire range of desired experience, and will help them grow and acquire new expertise while here at Sandia\.

Some travel will be required\.


+ PhD in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline with a power systems background;
+ Strong research publication record relevant to the technical areas described above;
+ Proficient at distribution modeling and simulation in software packages such as OpenDSS, GridLAB\-D, SynerGEE, and/or CYME;
+ High proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink\.


+ Experience with power system protection design and analysis, performing short circuit studies, and protection coordination;
+ Knowledge of power system dynamics and experience with transient simulation tools \(e\.g\. PSCAD, PSLF, PowerWorld, PSSE\);
+ Optimization coursework, preferably applied to power system operation;
+ Familiarity with cyber security concepts as they apply to power systems;
+ Programming experience in one of the following: C; C\+\+; Matlab; Python;
+ Initiates innovative research in areas supporting projects;
+ Experience modelling distribution system and microgrid protection design under high inverter\-based DER penetration using dynamic inverter models and fault location algorithms;
+ Extensive modeling and simulation experience\. Experience in developing simulation algorithms and tools and conducting detailed analyses for electric power systems and microgrids;
+ Experience with hardware\-in\-the\-loop experiments and software such as Opal\-RT, in addition to hands\-on laboratory experience in a power engineering laboratory;
+ Knowledge of microgrid design, modelling, and analysis techniques;
+ Ability to work in a collaborative, team\-oriented environment;
+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills\.

Department Description:

The Electric Power Systems Research Department conducts R&D and advanced analytics to enable the modernization of the nation's electric power grid\. This work includes the development of improved planning and operations methodologies from the bulk system down to end users\. Our capabilities encompass the development and application of advanced algorithmic and computational methods, grid operations, economics, and policy\. Examples of specific core areas include power system dynamics, operational reliability, advanced renewables integration, electricity market development, smart grid technologies and related information analysis, optimal resource expansion, and computationally based decision support\. This department is highly inter\-disciplinary, working collaboratively with universities, utilities, government agencies, and both national and international research organizations\.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting\-edge work in a broad array of areas\. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co\-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance\*

_World\-changing technologies\. Life\-changing careers\._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www\.sandia\.gov

\*These benefits vary by job classification\.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy \(DOE\)\-granted security clearance\.

Sandia will conduct a pre\-employment drug testing, and a pre\-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications\. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U\.S\. Air Force background screen for access to the work site\. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment\.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE\-granted security clearance, a pre\-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation\. Applicants for DOE\-granted security clearances must be U\.S\. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position\.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years\. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment\.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance\.

About Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.