The Electrical Sciences and Experiments department is seeking a staff member with a background in power electronic and power systems and controls to support development and testing of advanced systems and components. This will include a specific focus on power electronics based power conversion systems for stationary on- or off-grid energy storage applications, distributed energy resources such as PV inverters and wind turbine power electronics, as well as for military and weapon systems.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
Create and develop advanced technologies for Pulsed Power and power electronic based systems.
Assurance of safe and secure operations that are consistent with ES&H and security requirements.
Work within a dynamic, team environment as well as in a leadership role.
Department 1353 (Electrical Sciences and Experiments) is a multidisciplinary research and development group supporting NNSA Defense and Work for Other (WFO) Programs. Our capabilities include the design, control, and manufacturing of advanced power electronic, high voltage sciences, experimental electromagnetics, electron beam accelerators, development and analysis of advanced materials and components, and plasma physics. Department 1353 employs a comprehensive research approach that includes analysis, simulation, and hardware verification. Our customers include the DOE, NNSA, DOD and industry in applications of experimental electrical sciences for stockpile stewardship, homeland defense, advanced hypersonics and commercial applications. We frequently collaborate with other Sandia organizations including NW systems, Integrated Military Systems, Radiation Sciences, Material Sciences and Energy, Resources and Systems.
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Masters in electrical, electronics, or power electronics based engineering
Demonstrated research in an area relevant to power electronic systems
The ability to obtain a Q level clearance
Demonstrated understanding of experimental electromagnetics, with an emphasis on EMP and EMI
General knowledge of switch-mode power supplies such voltage source converters, current source converters, and multi-level converters; ability to model these converters in electric utility steady-state and dynamic simulation
General knowledge of electric utility disturbances such as voltage dips, oscillations, harmonics, etc and their effects
Understanding of basic open and close-loop control methods such as pulse width modulation and space vector modulation; ability to generate control software code and to program microcontrollers
Labview based programming experience
Candidate should also have practical knowledge in the areas of transmission planning, operation, with a moderate understanding of energy markets
A familiarity with power system planning tools such as PSLF/PSDS, PSS/E or equivalent and MATLAB is highly desired
Understanding of circuit board design for power electronics applications such as gate driver and power stage circuits
General familiarity with motors such as induction motor and synchronous motor technology and their steady-state and dynamic/transient electrical models; ability model these types of systems steady-state and dynamic electric utility applications
Familiarity of thermal management or heat-transfer means for power electronic systems.
Understanding of power electronic hardware fabrication and testing
Some knowledge of electric energy storage technologies such as batteries, flywheels, electrochemical capacitors, etc. is a plus
Excellent written- and verbal-communications skills, including the development of proposals and reports
Strong interpersonal skills, including effective leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution and mentoring skills
Analytical, research and problem-solving skills
Ability to support complex laboratory experiments
High voltage electrical safety training or willingness to complete training
Knowledge with electrical simulations tools (e.g. Matlab, SimPowerSystems, PSCAD, PSSE, and PSPICE) for steady-state and dynamic simulation of common electric utility disturbances
Active L or Q-clearance
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
Internal Number: 663920
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