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Postdoctoral Appointee - Power Electronics

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.
Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.
We are seeking a Power Electronics Postdoctoral Researcher that is passionate about their work and wants to see their research have direct impact on innovative projects.
Are you looking to do innovative and creative research? Are you looking to join a dynamic team? You could use your experience in circuit design and layout to conduct research for the Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Department at our Albuquerque, New Mexico facility. You can join this and work in a multi-disciplinary environment, interacting with top researchers and accessing world-class laboratory capabilities.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Conduct research on advanced converters using wide and ultra-wide power electronics devices, for applications in renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicles and power conditioning. This research would include electrical design and fabrication, modeling and analysis of circuits and systems, and performance characterization using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) methods;
  • Perform work which will emphasize the advancement of the state of the art of power electronics and power systems;
  • Publish results through prestigious journals and conferences.
Department Description:
Sandia's Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) department conducts research, development and demonstrations of new components and systems that will enable rapid transition to a grid based on clean and distributed energy resources. The department partners extensively with the U.S. industry and other research institutions to pursue high-value solutions that enhance performance, safety, reliability and resilience of energy systems. We establish the technical foundation for advanced models, analysis methods, controls, standards, cyber-security solutions and power electronics concepts applicable to microgrids and interconnected systems. Much of this work is conducted at Sandia's Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL), a world-recognized systems integration research facility for over 40 years. This work is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. A growing portion of our customer base includes other Sandia departments, including LDRD; members of the U.S. industry; and other U.S. government agencies.
About Sandia:
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  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
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EEO Statement:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering or a relevant discipline;
  • Strong publication record in the area of power electronics semiconductor devices, circuit architectures and/or power system;
  • Experience with simulation of circuits and systems using SPICE, Simulink, Python, or similar environments;
  • Experience with circuit design and layout;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.
  • Knowledge of power systems and controls;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
Security Clearance:
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD).
Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.
Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.