Energy System Optimization & Control Engineer- Modelica

Published date Posted on Indeed on Sep 30, 2021 (25 d ago)

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.


This position will provide support the Laboratory's research in Optimization and Control of Energy Systems. This position will focus on research related to development and application of advanced optimization and control theory for power systems, buildings and buildings-to-grid integration. A successful candidate will be required to conduct independent research, develop new ideas and contribute to research proposals, engage with sector managers in relevant areas, prepare manuscripts for publication, and present their work to clients and at conferences..

The candidate will serve as a technical expert and task lead on multiple significant projects or tasks. This will include:

  • Performing independently the activities assigned under the direction and guidance of the project manager, by selecting and developing technical approaches to project work assignments.

  • Leading portions of large, complex, formal documents, such as project reports, journal articles, conference papers, and presentations.

  • Contributing to technical proposals for developing new projects and business.

  • Working with senior staff and project managers to develop and implement project management plans for projects of various sizes.

  • Working in a team environment of high-performance multi-disciplinary experts.

Key responsibilities:

  • Developing large-scale agile platform to support distributed control R&D for both grid and building

  • Deriving the mathematical abstraction of inter-dependency individual infrastructures

  • Designing the computational interface for numerical realization of cross-infrastructure interactions

  • Developing the simulation environment/platform for integration of heterogeneous infrastructure models

  • Creating, testing, and documenting Modelica models for building appliances, equipment and systems, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as distributed energy resources such as electric energy storage

  • Designing evaluation procedure to evaluate building control and implementing simulation-based testing platform

  • Developing co-simulation strategy to facilitate the cross-disciplinary analysis with simulations


Researches, develops, designs, and tests electrical/electronic systems, components, equipment, and networks as well as their control and optimization theory and techniques. Adapts and applies control theory to design electrical/electronic systems with desired behaviors. Designs, develops, installs, and supervises all aspects of control systems and processes. Determines design approaches and parameters. Analyzes equipment to establish operating data, conducts experimental tests, and evaluates results. Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability. Researches, develops, and applies tools, simulations, and models of electric power systems and components addressing problems in planning, operations, economics, resilience, and optimization of system performance. Designs and develops new techniques and methodologies for control and integration of diverse energy resources and points of consumption. Develops and applies system architectures, models, and technologies for secure and reliable electric power systems and related technologies such as communications systems and grid cyber security.


Minimum Qulifications:

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience

  • PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong programming capabilities in python, Modelica, Julia, C++, Java

  • Knowledge in software architecture, and software engineering

  • Research experience in building automation system, sensor and control system

  • Strong theoretical foundation in optimization and control

  • Knowledge in numerical simulation and numerical stability

  • Good understanding of power system operation and planning, engineering economics and power market

  • Research experience in demand response, energy storages and other distributed energy resources, renewable energy, microgrid, buildings and their integration to grid

  • Research experience in voltage stability and management in distribution systems, AC Optimal Power Flow

  • Strong analytical, task management, and communications skills, both oral and written, and able to communicate clearly the goals, parameters, objectives and outcomes of their research

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Not Applicable

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position.

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.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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