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Postdoctoral Appointee - Electric Power Systems Research

Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, NM
  • Posted: June 17, 2019
  • Temporary

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\.
We are looking for an accomplished, creative, and dynamic Postdoctoral Appointee with a positive attitude and excellent collaboration skills to join our research team\. We need you to bring a strong track record in design and analysis of optimization methods for large\-scale energy systems\. You will utilize your experience in performing algorithm development and computational studies\. Ideally you will work towards the development of scalable optimization algorithms and apply the advanced solution methods for power systems operations along with dynamic team members and research partners\. We use state\-of\-the\-art technology to work on solutions in the national interest\.
Are you ready for a challenge? Join us for this postdoctoral research fellow which will last for approximately 18 to 24 months\.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
+ Develop advanced algorithms using state\-of\-the\-art mathematics in optimization and control theory;
+ Build and support computer modeling tools; and setting up and executing simulation and analytical programs using simulation software;
+ Use advanced engineering or operations research techniques to support analytically\-based decision\-making and prototyping focused on energy market and reliability systems and activities;
+ Manage collection and pre\-processing of energy market or infrastructure data, and support accurate analysis and post\-process of results for results reporting;
+ Document results clearly and concisely, including presenting data in graphs and charts, describing approaches used to derive results, and interpreting the results\.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
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+ PhD in Engineering, Operations Research, Computer Programming, Economics or related technical field\.
+ Experience working with data analysis, computer programs, and research in an academic or professional setting;
+ Experience with stochastic optimization and portfolio optimization related to energy systems;
+ Specific training, certification and experience within any of the following: advanced training in energy markets, operations research or economic theories and practices preferred\.
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 \(DOE\) security clearance\.
Sandia will conduct a pre\-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications\. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U\.S\. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base\. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment\.
If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre\-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation\. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U\.S\. citizens\. If you hold more than one citizenship \(i\.e\., of the U\.S\. and another country\), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted\.
Members of the workforce \(MOWs\) hired at Sandia and will require uncleared access for greater than 179 during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification \(UPIV\) process\. Access includes physical and/or cyber \(logical\) access, remote access to any NNSA information technology \(IT\) systems\. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals\. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF\-85 \(Questionnaire for Non\-Sensitive Positions\) and OF\-306 \(Declaration of Employment\)\. An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber \(logical\) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract\. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately\. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date\.
EEO Statement:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status\.

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Albuquerque, NM
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