Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Power Systems Optimization in Boston, Massachusetts
For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security.
The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division is one of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's most innovative teams. We are talented, award-winning administrators, specialists, technicians, managers, scientists and engineers, and we're working at the forefront of some of America's toughest energy challenges. Our mission is to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to energy challenges that have impacts on a national-scale. We employ a systems perspective that addresses technological, economic, regulatory, and market barriers to improve the nation's energy systems from generation to end-use. We provide transparent, reproducible, and unbiased results to guide policy and technological innovation.
The Distributed Systems Group is looking for a university intern to work with a team of senior engineers to create high impact solutions for the electric power grids. The intern will come up with creative new solutions to real world cross-domain analytic problems in analyzing power system resilience. The intern will take initiative to identify opportunities to contribute, communicate their questions and results, find solutions to ambiguously defined problems, and create reusable software tools.
Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Previous project experience creating concrete results both while working independently and with a team
Detail oriented in executing solutions while able to articulate how their work contributes to a larger, impactful effort
Preference for PhD candidates in electrical engineering, math, operations research, statistics, mechanical engineering, and computer engineering/science, with demonstrated training/internship and/or publications in power system analysis.
Preference for multi-domain research background in energy sector, such as grid, weather forecasting
Knowledge and experience with optimization techniques such as linear and mixed integer linear programming. Experience with optimization software such as GAMS/Pyomo/Cplex and Gurobi.
Machine learning and statistical inference with the applications on power systems, strong programming skills in MATLAB, Python, R
Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
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