Post Doctoral position available in the Grid Integration Group

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Grid Integration Group's (GIG) microgrid team within the Environmental Energy Technologies Division is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in Energy and Environmental Operations Research. The applicant should have a strong interest in numerical modeling of Energy Policies based on the General Algebraic Modeling System (GAMS). The Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM), which is written on the GAMS platform has been developed for many years and is being extended by stochastic and non-linear capabilities. Current work is focused on inclusion of plug-in electric vehicles into microgrid operation. This includes both fleet and individual vehicle-to-building and vehicle-to-grid interactions. Current development addresses participation in demand response and ancillary services markets. Therefore, this position requires interest and knowledge of different energy markets in the U.S. This position offers a stimulating environment for working with a highly skilled interdisciplinary and multi-cultural team and will require strong motivation and excellent oral and written communication skills. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is a renowned center of scientific expertise in the many facets of energy related fundamental and applied science.

The successful candidate will work on stochastic based techniques for electrical and thermal as well as electric vehicle modeling within DER-CAM, including participation in open energy markets. Furthermore, the final candidate will collected data for building load profiles, building performance, electric tariffs, and other data needed to run DER-CAM for policy analyses. Ideally, the candidate should have some limited experience with running and designing DER-CAM. Also, programming language expertise in Matlab, Visual Basic, Java, or similar would be of advantage for the final candidate.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow you will:

  • develop techniques to consider unreliable distribute generation (DG) in DER-CAM (stochastic programming)
  • develop techniques to include electric vehicle operation in DER-CAM
  • investigate non-linear technology behavior in DER-CAM
  • program DER-CAM interfaces for the WebOpt tool. WebOpt is a web-based version of DER-CAM (providing free basic DER-CAM capabilities
  • author technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles
  • work with project partners in China, Europe and the U.S.


  • Recent Ph.D. in operations research, civil engineering, electrical engineering, physics, environmental science, or a related field that includes optimization problems in power and energy.
  • Experience with numerical modeling based on GAMS.
  • Experience with Stochastic Programming preferred.
  • Record of productivity in setting up and conducting numerical modeling with limited supervision.
  • Familiarity with competitive power sector markets in general, and demand response and ancillary services ones in particular.
  • Interest in policy issues related to small-scale on-site generation, especially when organized in microgrids.
  • Proven ability to prepare and publish archival literature quality reports and papers.
  • Ability to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, and author technical reports and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Knowledge of Chinese and/or other languages may be a plus.

Notes: This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal based on performance, funding, and continued operational needs. Berkeley Lab is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.