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DERMS & Microgrid Control Senior Engineer

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This position is part of the EPRI DERMS and Microgrid Control research team.  Successful candidates will lead research and development projects that are part of EPRI's annual research portfolio as well as supplemental projects with individual utilities and collaborative groups of utilities.  The role will involve working closely with our customers to determine needs, design projects and deliver results. 

  • Leads research efforts in particular scientific disciplines or technologies and participates the development and application of products and services in those areas through contractors and departmental or cross-functional teams.  Applies technical expertise and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.  Develops technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. Organizes the external and interdepartmental activities ensuring completion of the project/product on schedule and within budget.  May conduct research directly in complex, high impact technical or scientific fields.
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge to industry issues and gain input on needs from members/stakeholders and identify current and emerging technical issues.
  • Develops research or services opportunities of value to EPRI members that fit EPRI’s mission and capabilities.  This will include solving customer problems, producing insights and information vital to the members, and delivering information in a manner that members and customers can and will apply.  
  • May provide oversight of a project team to assure technical and financial milestones are met.
  • Provides assistance to the EPRI sales staff in Member Services and EPRI International.
  • Broaden technical expertise and interface with national and international technical networks with manufacturers, consultants, and academia and research organizations.
  • Communicates strategies and results, written and verbal, to program members, potential members and external stakeholders through guidelines, reports, meetings, webcasts, workshops and conferences.
  • Manages small or medium (less complex) projects including budgets and resources


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • 4-5 or more years of research and development project and promotional experience, including development of advanced concepts for internal research or equivalent experience.
  • Shows technical expertise and assumes responsibility for highly specialized technical objectives using creative imaginative solutions.
  • Experience in performing and/or managing research activities.
  • Incumbents must be able to exercise judgment, diligence, and attention to detail and demonstrate an aptitude for carrying out responsible technical assignments.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Manages projects and may work in conjunction with a technical specialist.
  • Developing technical depth in 1-2 areas
  • Understand how work fits across EPRI programs
  • Typically individual contributor, may begin handling supervisory activities for lower level positions.

Ideal Candidate will Possess:

  • DERMS marketplace familiarity - involved companies, available products, trends
  • Familiarity with Inverter-based DER standards and capabilities (IEEE 1547, CA Rule 21, HI Rule 14) and communication (SunSpec, DNP3, 2030.5)
  • Familiarity with DER group-level functionality and enterprise integration (e.g. IEC 61968-5, CIM for DER)
  • Control systems, methods and algorithms for management of solar PV, battery storage, and load.
  • Optimization, objective functions, constraints
  • Familiarity with modern distribution system operations - voltage management, VVO, cap banks, regulators, DMS
  • Distribution-connected resources providing bulk-system/market services
  • Power system modeling and analysis, both steady-state and dynamic.  Command of common tools.
  • Knowledge of microgrid control methods, islanding/reconnecting, energy management, isochronous and droop operation of resources, local controllers and interfaces 
  • Software development capability: Python, C, C++
  • Technical writing: producing quality reports that summarize results of research
  • Speaking and presenting, in person and via webcast, to share results with research funders and society as a whole.



  • Energy / Utilities / Oil & Gas
Posted: 2021-02-05 Expires: 2021-03-07

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