Berkeley Lab's Energy Analysis Environmental Impacts Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. The Electricity Market and Policy Group conducts analyses of public interest policy issues associated with electricity markets such as market structure and design, electric system reliability, renewable energy and distributed energy resources, and retail energy markets. The primary purpose of this position is to conduct research on the electric power system impacts of renewable energy and the implications for the economic value of advanced grid technologies including ‘system-friendly’ renewables, flexible resources, and storage. This research will support the Renewable Energy team within the Electricity Markets and Policy Group.
The Postdoctoral scholar will be part of the research team to conduct research in costs of a variety power system technologies as well as assisting the team on tool development and identifying appropriate methods for the research. The Postdoctoral Scholar will publish research results on peer review journals and present them at meetings and conferences, as needed.
What You Will Do:
Conduct research on the value and costs of a variety of power system technologies, including variable renewable energy.
Use appropriate methods and tools (or develop tools as necessary) to estimate dispatch of flexible resources in response to grid needs.
Assist with developing methods to characterize changes in wholesale power market prices in response to growing shares of wind and solar energy.
Assist with identifying methods to estimate the economic value of advanced grid technologies.
Develop tools to manage large datasets of wholesale prices, generation patterns, grid needs, and locations.
Work independently under mentorship by the work lead, and/or direct technical support staff to perform relevant research activities in support of analyzing energy policies.
Write research papers for peer-reviewed journals and final reports in fulfillment of contract deliverables.
Present research results for disparate audiences, including technical conferences and project reviews.
Provide technical support and technical assistance to state and national partners.
Contribute to new funding opportunities, assist with developing new directions for future research, and proposal writing.
Contribute to research dissemination by hosting webinars, drafting press releases, and working with other communications points-of-contact within the Electricity Markets and Policy group and LBNL.
What is Required:
Recent Ph.D. in economics, operations research, electrical engineering with a power systems focus, energy/environmental science, or equivalent experience and expertise.
Experience in conducting quantitative analysis with large datasets.
Knowledge of power systems operations, reliability standards, and techniques used in grid operations and planning.
Demonstrated skill in performing advanced quantitative analysis on economic, market, or policy issues related to power systems.
Strong programming skills in languages used in data analysis applications such as python, R, Matlab, etc.
Proven ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
Strong scientific research skills and a record of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Effective verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to collaborate with other researchers, present results at industry and academic conferences, and write research reports and conference papers.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience developing tools for analysis of generation dispatch and valuation or experience using commercial production cost or capacity expansion models.
Prior experience with utilities, system operators, or utility regulators.
Experience working with databases (SQL) and spatial data in GIS.
Knowledge of renewable energy technologies and markets.
Knowledge of optimization techniques with application to power systems .
Ability to effectively collaborate with other researchers using collaboration tools such as Git or SVN.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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