Berkeley Lab's Energy Technologies Area (ETA) has an opening for a Transportation Computational Research Scientist. The Research Scientist will need to have a passion for big data analytics and high-performance computing as applied to transportation systems modeling. You will work with researchers in ETA's Sustainable Transportation Initiative, will be involved and take project leadership roles with researchers in LBNL's Computing Research Division, and will be expected to contribute towards developing new project proposals to shape the directions of future research. You will be responsible for designing, developing, and analyzing numerical methods and algorithms for parallel simulation of large-scale urban transportation dynamics, starting with vehicle energy modeling. The goal is to develop highly parallelizable algorithms that are tuned for extreme-scale distributed computing hardware. The urban transportation network simulator will include vehicle level energy models (including ICE and EV) and will focus on optimizing mobility while reducing energy use. Our goal is to enable large-scale experiments that will enable machine learning of the emergent complex non-linear dynamics.
The Energy Technology Area performs analysis, research, and development leading to better energy technologies and reduction of adverse energy-related environmental impacts. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!
This position will be filled at the Research Scientist Career or Career-Track level depending on experience.
What You Will Do:
Develop new models, controllers, and analysis tools to explore transportation dynamics for large-scale urban environments
Provide expertise on vehicle energy modeling, as well as EV grid integration optimization and control
Analyze existing energy modeling algorithms and develop new methods for evaluating the energy cost of mobility dynamics accurately
Once simulations of traditional infrastructure are validated, develop models that assess EV-renewables integration and the value that can be captured from vehicles offering grid services
Conduct numerical analysis of the algorithms to determine the accuracy of the simulation results
Compare performance of the new methods versus existing parallel methods
Explore novel approaches for modeling electrical power systems to enable efficient parallel simulation of model components
Publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed technical journals and conferences, and stay current on recent research in the field by reading published literature
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Present our research findings and directions to prospective clients and funders
Develop collaborations with researchers working on Transportation Systems at UC Berkeley, other national laboratories, and in the international research community
Mentor student researchers, facilitate regular team meetings, and foster a team dynamic
What is Required:
Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Computational Science, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering with a strong research background in applied mathematics and computational methods or master's degree and 5 years, or bachelor's degree minimum 7 years equivalent relevant experience.
Experience in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team
Ability to analyze and develop new computational algorithms for scientific applications
Expertise in vehicle energy modeling, mathematical modeling, controls, and optimization
Rigorous grounding in mathematical methods, control systems, and optimization
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a larger team
Strong experience in programming tools such as C++, Python, or others for data analysis, simulation, and mathematical modeling
Strong publication record in related fields, proficiency in mathematical modeling, control systems, and data analysis
Familiarity with discrete event simulation techniques
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience with vehicle-grid integration, smart grid, renewables integration, vehicle powertrain systems, and smart grid security
Experience in defining research proposals, forming cross functional teams and leading projects
Experience in vehicle modeling and simulation of electrical and power systems.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 30, 2018.
This is a full time career or 1 year term career-track appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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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