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Masters Intern - Power System Simulation

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division is one of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's most innovative teams. We are talented, award-winning administrators, specialists, technicians, managers, scientists and engineers, and we're working at the forefront of some of America's toughest energy challenges. Our mission is to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to energy challenges that have impacts on a national-scale. We employ a systems perspective that addresses technological, economic, regulatory, and market barriers to improve the nation's energy systems from generation to end-use. We provide transparent, reproducible, and unbiased results to guide policy and technological innovation.

The Architecture team of Distributed Systems Group is looking for a graduate research assistant who is interested in power system simulation, software development, and multi-domain or multi-tool co-simulation. This student will be mentored by research engineers with rich industry and research experiences.
  • Develop software in support of the HELICS co-simulation platform
  • Perform power system simulations using GridLAB-D, MATPOWER, PyPower and similar open-source power system tools
  • Communicate simulation results in clear and compelling manner.
  • Work productively in multi-disciplinary teams

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduate student, pursuing a degree in Mathematics/Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. A strong background in Python, MATLAB, C++.
  • Good English communication skills (written and spoken).
  • Experience with open-source power simulation tools such as GridLAB-D, MATPOWER, etc.
  • Familiarity with modern software development practices and tools (git, Github, etc).
  • Experience with co-simulation and HELICS.
  • Preferred GPA ≥ 3.40.