Engineer Scientist II - Distribution Operations, Planning, and Studies

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Palo Alto, CA

Industry: Energy & Environmental Services

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Less than 5 years

Posted 333 days ago

The Position:
Engineer/Scientist II for Distribution Planning, Operations, and Studies within the Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) Sector.

  • Performs modeling, simulation, and analytics based power system research related to transmission and distribution systems
  • Supports the development of new algorithms, software solutions, and tools for identifying, integrating, and deploying least-cost solutions for modernizing T&D system planning and operations.
  • Performs complex engineering/scientific analysis with moderate direction and supervision. Works directly with EPRI staff and moderate interaction with members and industry.
  • Requires the ability to communicate effectively with customers, verbally and in writing, the technical work that is completed.

Job Functions:

  • Conducts technical searches and analyzes information in support of the project team
  • May conduct independent research
  • Assists Project/Program Managers in assessing customer needs, formulating technical approaches, preparing proposals, technical publications/papers, and making presentations.

Education Level and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field or equivalent experiencerequired.
  • PreferredMS or PhD in ElectricalEngineering with Power System Emphasis.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Present research externally
  • Understand how work fits across technical area
  • Requires supervision and guidance to conduct specific research tasks and complete projects
  • Works closely with contractors or staff to complete project research
  • May participate in multiple projects
  • Individual contributor
  • Must have satisfied requirements of entry level engineer/scientist and have 2-3 years of engineeringexperience or comparable work/educational experiencerequired.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Knowledge of power system fundamentals, specifically distribution systems
  • Extensive experience conducting power systems analytical studies with an emphasis on modeling and simulation. 
  • Modeling of distribution systems/networks, as well as DER (wind, solar, and electric vehicles) for high-penetration analysis
  • Experience with OpenDSS, CYME, Synergi, Milsoft, preferred.
  • Experience with software coding (Matlab, Python, C++, Delphi, Java, etc.)
  • Must be able to exercise judgment, diligence, and attention to detail and demonstrate an aptitude for carrying out responsible technical assignments
  • Interest to support diverse projects that involve modeling, simulation, and analytics of power systems and new technologies
  • Works effectively as part of a team.

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