Postdoctoral Appointee: Energy Systems Analyst

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7115937 (Ref:414411)

Posted: November 10, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Power Systems and Markets Research Group brings together expertise across multiple academic disciplines and draws upon diverse industry experience to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing modern electricity systems, including:

  • Developing advanced power system models to simulate and optimize electricity system operations and planning in response to constantly evolving system conditions.

  • Quantifying the long-term cost-benefit tradeoffs of evolving wholesale electricity market designs.

  • Ensuring power system reliability, resilience, affordability, and equity of access throughout the ongoing transition to a fully decarbonized electricity system.

  • Modeling hydro systems to improve operational efficiency and grid value given uncertain future climate conditions.

  • Conducting comprehensive technoeconomic assessments of renewables and energy storage technologies.

  • Assist countries throughout the world with power system modeling to address grid reliability and renewables integration challenges.

  • Drawing upon world class computing resources to conduct in-depth data analysis that informs real-world decision making, and transferring knowledge to enhance energy planning in countries around the world, thereby improving energy access in traditionally underserved regions and supporting the global clean energy transition.

The candidate will develop power systems and electricity market modeling, and analytics tools that support energy, economic, and financial analyses of power grid planning and operations, and the interaction with other infrastructures. Some of these tools will require the development of underlying optimization methodologies and analytics frameworks. The incumbent will conduct research related to a wide range of topic areas including the analysis of energy and power systems, optimization of renewable energy integration, electricity market design and operation, integration of other emerging technologies, and interdependencies between power grid, transportation, and water systems. This position may require domestic and international travel.

  • Provides support to develop and implement power grid planning/operations algorithms and tools and conducts data analysis related to energy and power systems, with emphasis on the following areas: (1) renewable energy integration; (2) optimization and stochastic modeling methodologies; (3) energy storage, and (4) electricity market analysis.

  • Supports multidisciplinary teams in the application of these methods and tools to complex issues in the domains of environmental, water, and energy system analysis.

  • Prepares reports, papers, and presentations for conferences, workshops, and technical journals.

  • Supports program development including the preparation of proposals and participating in sponsor interactions.

  • Applies the models to selected case studies.

  • Document and publish to our internal software repository.

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Operations, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field.

  • Knowledge of optimization, power systems operations and planning, electricity markets, issues surrounding the integration of variable renewables, & environmental issues.

  • Experience in statistics & stastical analysis.

  • Understanding of basic financial & economic principles.

  • Experience in academic writing & publication.

  • Ability to be highly motivated and self-starting.

  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork. 

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.



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Job posting number:#7115937 (Ref:414411)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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