Postdoctoral Appointee - Power Electronics and Power Conversion Systems
· Sandia National Laboratories
· Location: Albuquerque, NM
· Job Number: 7065967 (Ref #: 671741)
· Posting Date: Apr 30, 2020
This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : The Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department is rapidly growing our research capabilities, and we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our hardworking team of professionals! Are you looking to support innovative and creative research? We are seeking an independent and dedicated individual to perform high-impact research on experimental power electronics, power conversion systems, and energy storage devices. This team develops new hardware architectures and intelligent control strategies for high-performance power conversion systems. The selected candidate will support existing research projects and help to develop new projects and proposals focused on power conversion systems for utility-scale storage applications. On any given day you may be called on to: + Design and implement power converter hardware + Prepare dynamic simulations of converter hardware and control functionality + Develop firmware and control code in microcontrollers, digital signal processors, or field programmable gate arrays + Assist with hardware testing, troubleshooting, and performance verification + Implement computational models in real-time digital simulators + Contribute to hardware design reviews in a group setting + Document research findings for external publication + Present on research progress and impact at group meetings, peer review events, and technical conferences + Develop new solutions for utility-scale storage applications as part of an interdisciplinary team
+ PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field; + Strong academic record and related dissertation project with associated publications exhibiting relevant experience and effective teaming skills.
+ Power converter hardware design, implementation, testing, and analysis; + Embedded system programming; + PCB design; + Design and analysis of modular and multi-level converter topologies; + Design of custom magnetic components; + Integration of wide bandgap semiconductor devices; + Real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing.
The Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department manages several activities for the DOE Energy Storage Program with a focus on the development of advanced energy storage technologies and systems. This encompasses development of low-cost battery technologies, improving the safety and reliability of energy storage systems, development of lower cost power electronics and power conversion systems, and development of computational and analytical tools for efficient utilization of energy storage in the electricity infrastructure. The department works closely with several other Sandia groups in Materials Science, Power Sources, Power Systems, Renewable and Grid Systems, and Advanced Modeling. We have active partnerships and collaborations with other national laboratories and a number of universities. We also work closely with electric power utilities and other industry partners on a range of projects, including demonstration of new energy storage technologies in the grid infrastructure.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.