Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PhD Intern - Power Systems (Summer) in Boston, Massachusetts
The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a decarbonized, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through basic and applied research. We leverage a strong technical foundation in power and energy systems and in advanced data analytics to drive innovation, transform markets, and shape energy policy.
The Electricity Infrastructure Group is looking for a university intern to work with a team of senior engineers to create high-impact solutions for electric power grids. The intern will come up with creative new solutions to real-world cross-domain data analytics. The intern will take initiative to identify opportunities to contribute, communicate their questions and results, find solutions to ambiguously defined problems, create reusable software tools, and write research papers during the internship.
Candidates must be currently enrolled/matriculated in a PhD program at an accredited college
Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
Have solid experience in running phasor and EMT domain simulation in commercially available and open-source software tools
Have strong programming skills in Python, MATLAB, C/C++, or other languages
Have experience with the EMT simulation tools such as PSCAD/EMTDC
Have experience with the positive-sequence phasor transient stability simulation tools such as PSS/E and PSLF
Experience with power system protection and inverter protection modeling is preferred
Experience with open-source simulation tools such as GridLAB-D and GridPACK is preferred
Experience with the HELICS co-simulation framework is preferred
Experience with both bulk power system and distribution feeder models is preferred
Experience with modeling and simulation of inverter-based microgrids is preferred
Industry experience is a plus
Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
Testing Designated Position
This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).
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