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Power Electronics and Controls Postdoctoral Appointee

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 657114
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Power Electronics and Controls Postdoctoral Appointee


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee with a background in power electronics systems and controls to support development and testing of advanced systems and components. The position provides opportunities for both dynamic teaming and leadership.

Key functions of this role include, but are not limited to:

+ Research related to power electronics based power conversion systems for stationary on-grid or off-grid energy storage applications as well as other distributed energy resources such as PV inverters and wind turbine power electronics
+ Creation and development of advanced technologies for Pulsed Power and power electronic based systems
+ Assurance of safe and secure operations that are consistent with ES&H and security


+ PhD in Electrical or Electronics Engineering or a related discipline
+ Experience with power electronic systems and associated circuit board design (gate driver & power stage)
+ Experience in one or more of the following areas:

- Switch-mode power supplies such as voltage source converters, current source converters, and multi-level converters
- Modeling converters in electric utility steady-state and dynamic simulation
- Electric utility disturbances such as voltage dips, oscillations, harmonics, etc. and their effects
- Power electronic circuits and components
+ Experience with open and closed-loop control methods such as pulse width modulation and space vector modulation
+ Experience generating control software code and programming microcontrollers
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


+ Experience with ultra wide band gap devices
+ Experience with motors such as induction motor and synchronous motor technology and their steady-state and dynamic/transient electrical models
+ Experience modelling these systems in steady-state and dynamic electric utility applications
+ Familiarity with thermal management or heat-transfer means for power electronic systems
+ Understanding of power electronic hardware fabrication and testing
+ Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the development and delivery of presentations, proposals and reports
+ High voltage electrical safety training or willingness to complete training
+ Research experience in an area relevant to Pulsed Power and/or microgrid (military or civilian) design, control, and testing
+ Knowledge of electric energy storage technologies such as batteries, flywheels, electrochemical capacitors, etc.
+ Knowledge of electrical simulations tools (e.g. Matlab, SimPowerSystems, PSCAD, PSSE, and PSPICE) for steady-state and dynamic simulation of common electric utility disturbances
+ Knowledge of transmission planning and operation as applied to energy markets
+ Familiarity with power system planning tools such as PSLF/PSDS, PSS/E or equivalent
+ Strong interpersonal skills, including effective leadership, delegation, teamwork, negotiation, conflict resolution and mentoring skills

The Electrical Science & Experiments Department (1353) is a multidisciplinary research and development group supporting NNSA Defense and Work for Other (WFO) Programs. Our capabilities include experimental electromagnetics, the design and manufacturing of advanced power electronics, compact high current drivers, electron beam accelerators, x-ray sources, 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.

About Sandia:

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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct 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.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT


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.

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