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Senior Electrical Engineer - Control Systems Engineer

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Topeka
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a sustainable, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through innovation and actionable solutions. We are a diverse research organization of over 350 experts in electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering, data and computer sciences, cybersecurity, policy, economics, and related disciplines. Our vision is to transform the way our energy system infrastructure is designed, integrated, and operated in order to create environmental security, economic prosperity, and social equity for the Pacific Northwest region, the nation, and the world. Join our team and make an impact!
This position reports to the Optimization and Control Group Leader within the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division and involves providing technical leadership to the Laboratory's research at the intersection of advanced controls, machine learning and optimization with an emphasis on building energy systems and integration of buildings and distributed energy resources at grid-scale. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead interdisciplinary, world-class research efforts addressing the science and technology challenges of emerging complexity in modern energy systems with a significant number of distributed resources.

  • Advances state-of-the-art technologies and concepts in control and optimization of building energy systems and distributed energy resources with an emphasis on technology deployment and demonstration.

  • Drives organizational goals, including PNNL strategic planning and prioritizing research objectives.

  • Builds strong multidisciplinary R&D teams able to impact the scientific and technological challenges in this area.

  • Develops the strategy and manages day-to-day science and technology activities, providing scientific and technical authority, leadership and direction.

  • Leads scoping, scheduling, and budgeting of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs. Involved in planning for long-term technical capabilities that deliver national impact.

  • Publishes as primary or contributing author on technical publications or reports.

  • Leads national and international professional activities and external collaborations.

  • Mentors other Laboratory scientists and engineers and is technical resource to other staff members and assists in attracting top scientist/engineer talents to PNNL.

  • Establishes the approach for developing technological applications to meet client needs.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • BS/BA and 7+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

    • MS/MA and 5+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

    • PhD with 3+ year of relevant experience

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • PhD in Mechanical Engineering or applied building sciences with 5 or more years of experience, or a Masters in Mechanical Engineering or applied building sciences with 7 or more years of experience.

      • Must have strong technical expertise in advanced building controls and system optimization, fault-detection and diagnostics, measurement and verification, deployment and demonstration of advanced building control technology and building-grid integration.

      • Serves as a principal investigator on multiple or complex projects or tasks.

      • Strong data analysis skills and expertise in Python programming desirable.

      • Strong knowledge of building systems and especially, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems is desirable.

      • Leads scoping, scheduling, budgeting, and execution of projects, including building effective cross-disciplinary teams.

      • Generates new ideas and leads the development of significant new project opportunities and proposals.

      • Recognized as a technical leader by the peer network. Must possess demonstrated record of scientific contribution to national/international endeavors in advanced controls science and/or engineering research (such as IFAC, IEEE, ACM, ASHRAE, ASME), strong leadership competencies, and the ability to build new research programs working collaboratively with others across a broad spectrum of disciplines to accomplish strategic goals.

      • Leads the development of significant technical products, including technical reports and journal articles, and conference presentations, which are recognized by sponsors and collaborators for their technical impact.

      • Leads cross-organizational teams to identify and promote new capabilities that advance PNNL's energy research strategy. Mentors staff and peers across the directorate.

        Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
        Not applicable.
        Additional Information
        Not applicable.
        Testing Designated Position
        This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).
        About PNNL
        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
        At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab's campus is only a 45-minute flight (or -3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.
        Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity
        Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.
        Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.
        We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .
        Drug Free Workplace
        PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.
        If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.
        Mandatory Requirements
        Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
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        Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance*, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave**, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan* and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

        • Research Associates excluded.

          **Once eligibility requirements are met.
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