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Electronic Engineer Postdoctoral Fellow (Energy Storage & Distributed Resources)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Electronic Engineer Postdoctoral Fellow. You will work as part of the Mobility, Vehicles, and Electricity System Research Lab (Moves-Lab) and the Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) thrust within the Grid Integration Group (GIG) at LBNL. The Electronic Engineer Postdoctoral Fellow will also get involved and take project leadership roles with our vehicle-grid projects, and will contribute towards developing new project proposals to shape the directions of future research. Specific projects on EV and vehicle-grid modeling will involve modeling of battery degradation, EV-renewables integration, and valuation of grid services offered by vehicles. Specific projects on pilot-scale deployments of vehicle-grid integration will involve developing fleet management, communication, and control systems for smart charging/discharging systems.

What You Will Do:


Develop new models, controllers, and analysis tools to explore vehicle powertrain and vehicle-grid integration systems, including models to explore EV battery degradation, EV-renewables integration, and assessment of the value that can be captured from vehicles offering grid services.

Perform data analysis on the performance of vehicle-grid pilot projects, and develop and deploy systems to enable integration of vehicles with the grid using real-time controllers.

Contribute to the development and release of Berkeley Labs Vehicle-to-Grid Simulator (V2G-Sim) software, and the consumer-facing MyGreenCar tool to accelerate the adoption of clean vehicles.

Publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed technical journals and conferences, and stay current on recent research in the field by reading published literature.

Aid in the development of new research directions and proposals.

Additional Desired Responsibilities:


Present our research findings and directions to prospective clients and funders.

Develop collaborations with researchers working on EVs and vehicle-grid integration at UC Berkeley and in the international research community.

Mentor student researchers, facilitate regular team meetings, and foster a team dynamic.

What Is Required:


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related field.

Experience with vehicle-grid integration, smart grid, renewables integration, vehicle powertrain systems, modeling of battery systems and degradation, unit commitment and economic dispatch, electricity market design, and smart grid security.

Rigorous grounding in mathematical methods, control systems, and optimization.

Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.

Experience in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a larger team.

Familiarity with Matlab, python, or similar tools for data analysis, simulation, and mathematical modeling.

Strong publication record in related fields, proficiency in mathematical modeling, control systems, and data analysis (particularly using Matlab, python, or similar tools).

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Experience in developing research proposals.

Expertise in mathematical modeling, controls, and optimization, with specific application towards vehicle-grid integration.

Strong interest in vehicle powertrain and vehicle-grid systems.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

This is a 1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 of years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

Salary will be predetermined based on student/postdoctoral step rates.

This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

This position requires completion of a background check.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.