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POST DATE 9/7/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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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 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab).

What You Will Do:


Develop new models, controllers, and analysis tools to explore fuel cell vehicle models and stationary hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) grid integration systems, including models to explore fuel cell degradation, FCEV-renewables integration, and assessment of the value that can be captured from stationary hydrogen and FCEV offering grid services.

Develop case studies quantifying the scale of opportunity for hydrogen-vehicle-grid integration and case studies to optimize system performance and operating strategy.

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 and communicating findings to the larger project team.

Aid in the development of new research directions and proposals.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:


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

Develop collaborations with researchers working on fuel cell vehicles 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 fuel cell systems, 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 grid integration and support.

Strong interest in vehicle powertrain and hydrogen-FCEV-grid systems.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 20, 2016.



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 2 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 3 of years paid postdoctoral experience.

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.

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