Researcher III: Simulation & Operation Research Engineer

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Researcher III: Simulation & Operation Research Engineer
CO - Golden
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Job Description
NREL’s Grid Gas Interoperability team has an immediate opening for a full-time Researcher II or III for process simulation and techno-economic analysis for long duration energy storage for resiliency and other clean energy applications. The Grid and Gas Interoperability research group is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) research engineer. Working alongside NREL research engineers, the researcher will engage in projects centered around dynamic modeling of hydrogen-based energy storage systems and the development of energy storage deployment and operation models for resilience applications.
This team researches the interactions between the power system and other energy sectors (industrial, building, and transportation) and carriers (natural gas, hydrogen, e-fuels, ammonia, methanol, etc.) that will play a major role in the energy transition. This group—in collaboration with other centers and directorates—will strengthen our analytic capabilities to consider both grid and gas in tandem as it relates to reliability, at both investment and operations timescales. For example, this research may address question of how we can improve representation of the grid (e.g., market prices, value of grid services) in analysis that supports hydrogen R&D, and how we can better co-optimize investment decisions (capacity expansion and retirements) of both the gas and grid networks. It may also address how we can represent gas reliability requirements in grid operations modeling, and how we can better represent gas constraints and capabilities in power system investment and operations models.
The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for:
  • Developing a simulation model of an existing hydrogen-based long duration energy storage system and validating it using experimental data.
  • Performing techno-economic analysis and long duration energy storage design with focus on resiliency for communities.
  • Working with scientists and engineers across interdisciplinary domains to understand and translate concepts and data into rigorous high-fidelity models.
  • Preparing reports and articles with findings and analysis from research.
  • Giving presentations and communicating effectively with project partners and stakeholders.
This position requires effective knowledge sharing and dissemination through reports, presentations, open source or licensed software and data products, community communication and engagement, and event participation disclosures.
Basic Qualifications
Researcher III Requirements: Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • MSc/MA or PhD in Advanced Energy Systems, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Strong background in process design, modeling, simulation, optimization/operation research, and techno-economic analysis.
  • Experience in process and/or transient modeling.
  • Advanced user of software tools such as gPROMS, Aspen Plus, ChemCAD, and/or Modelica, and GAMS, Pyomo, and Python.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of hybrid renewable energy systems with focus on long duration energy storage and hydrogen technologies is highly desirable.
  • Experience on modeling the dispatch of energy storage.
  • Interest in working with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent presentation, communication and writing skills.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Researcher III / Annual Salary Range: $79,600 - $143,300
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Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.
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