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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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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Masters 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 an Staff Scientist. You will advance the knowledge of technology, design, operation and controls, economics, laboratory-tests and field-demonstration experiments for integration of distributed electricity sources, storage devices, and control of distributed loads on electrical distribution grids and micro-grids. This research extends LBNL leadership in grid integration of DER, and modernized grid objectives.

What You Will Do:


Conceive, design and demonstrate novel, robust and scalable applications of high fidelity distribution grid measurements, which support the grid modernization and DER integration goals of Energy Technologies Area (ETA) and the Grid integration group (GIG). Develop methodologies and techniques to address key barriers to advancing distribution grid science such as co-simulation and distribution planning model validation, tools development, resiliency, reliability and security of the distribution grid, as well as micro-grids.

Prepare and present proposals and communicates directly with the funding agency to advance the global knowledge and understanding of various aspects of distribution power systems and DER integration, consistent with cutting edge science and technology, Identify new funding sources such as, California Energy Commission (CEC), ARPA-E, SunShot, Department of Defense (DoD) that allow the development of the DER integration goals and testing facilities. Secure and support current funding sources from the Department of Energy (DOE), CEC, and DoD.

Develop strong relationships with industrial partners and the other lab consortiums to secure industry projects that support directly CEC and DOE, DoD goals for DER integration. Achieve strong utility (IOU or municipal) buy in to technical project objectives ensuring projects can source real measured and modeled utility data enhancing the viability and impact of research, and true understanding of the research application to future grid objectives

Interact with Lab-wide professional staff and develops internal and external collaborations. Liaison between researchers, technical, facilities and engineering staff to integrate laboratory experimental equipment testing networks. This includes research and advisory collaborations with other departments within ETA and Lab wide (e.g. Computational Research Division). Also, establish research links to the University of California, Berkeley.

Contribute to the growth of the Grid Integration Group, train, mentor, and promote junior staff. Secure and increase the leadership and lead team-building efforts.

Lead peer reviewed journal, technical reports and conference publications advancing both the knowledge base in distribution system management, micro-grids, and analytics and the further growth and visibility of the GIG team.

Additional Desired Responsibilities:


May serve as project or group leader, be assisted by other scientists and engineers and support staff, have principal investigator status, and directly supervise other professionals, technical support staff, or students.

What Is Required:


At least 5 years of relevant professional experience beyond the customary highest degree appropriate to the candidates discipline.

Experience in micro-grids, experimental measurements, data analysis, and simulations of distribution grids.

Experience with Transactive Energy research.

Demonstrated ability to independently carry out creative research with a proven record of publications and achievement.

Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills, with the ability to troubleshoot experimental processes and/or simulations, and provide analysis and offer solutions.

Ability to prepare and present clear technical reports to collaborators, Division and Area staff, leadership, and research sponsors.

Highly effective interpersonal skills, with experience in establishing effective collaborations and interacting with members of the scientific, instrumentation, field-work and electrical power-related institutional agencies, and funding research-sponsor communities.

Outstanding written communication skills.

Experience preparing large successful funding proposals.

Outstanding leadership, inter-personal, and communication skills, ability to gain respect and trust of close peers and co-workers, demonstrated ability to craft and write successful proposals against stiff competition, ability to make effective and persuasive presentations, and tactful and diplomatic communication skills, both written and oral, with various stakeholders including potential or existing funders.

Ability to work in a multidisciplinary, multicultural team and support a highly varied group of external collaborators, engineers and support staff.

Proven ability in specialized areas of research and development relating to the programmatic needs of the division and the GIG leading independent research and development work.

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Ph.D. with 10 years of experience.

Masters in Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with working experience in Electrical Engineering, or an engineering science relevant to distribution grids and micro-grids, or equivalent demonstrated research experience and expertise (20 years expertise with MS).

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes: This is a career appointment. This position requires completion of a background check.

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