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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Research Engineer - Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration in Des Moines, Iowa


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a sustainable, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through innovation and actionable solutions. We are a diverse research organization of over 350 experts in electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering, data and computer sciences, cybersecurity, policy, economics, and related disciplines. Our vision is to transform the way our energy system infrastructure is designed, integrated, and operated to create environmental security, economic prosperity, and social equity for the Pacific Northwest region, the nation, and the world. Join our team and make an impact!

We are seeking a Senior Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration Engineer to lead research into large-scale electrification of transportation systems and its impact on nation’s ability to provide a decarbonized, flexible, resilient, and secure energy system. This position offers the opportunity to lead innovative, interdisciplinary, and high-impact research addressing the science and technology challenges associated with a decarbonized and highly electrified transportation network. The successful candidate will provide technical leadership to PNNL’s research at the intersection of modeling, control, optimization, and analysis of transportation electrification at grid-scale.


  • Advance state-of-the-art technologies and concepts in modeling and optimization of EV-Grid integration with an emphasis on technology deployment and demonstration.

  • Lead development of new capabilities in system-level modeling, optimization, and techno-economic analysis for large-scale integration of electrification vehicles and charging infrastructure.

  • Drive PNNL strategic planning and definition of research priorities in vehicle-grid integration.

  • Build strong multidisciplinary R&D teams able to impact the scientific and technological challenges in this area.

  • Develop the strategy and manages day-to-day science and technology activities, providing scientific and technical authority, leadership, and direction.

  • Lead scoping, scheduling, and budgeting of complex interdisciplinary projects and programs.

  • Publish as primary or contributing author on high-impact publications or reports.

  • Lead national and international professional activities and external collaborations.

  • Mentor other Laboratory scientists and engineers and is technical resource to other staff members and assists in attracting top scientist/engineer talents to PNNL.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 5 years of experience

  • PhD with 3 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in electrical, systems, or related engineering field with 5 or more years of experience, or a Master’s degree with 7 or more years of experience.

  • Strong technical expertise in EV-grid system planning, modeling/simulation, optimization, and/or techno-economic analysis.

  • Demonstrated experience in program design for utility and/or managed charging programs for transportation electrification.

  • Experience with strategy and planning for transportation electrification infrastructure through utility operators, transportation agencies, or private industry technology deployment efforts.

  • Successful roles as a principal investigator on multiple or complex projects or tasks.

  • Strong data analysis skills and expertise in software development is desirable.

  • Strong project management and leadership skills, with experience leading scoping, scheduling, budgeting, and building effective cross-disciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated record of generating new ideas, leading the development of significant new project opportunities and proposals, and building new research and demonstration programs working collaboratively with a broad spectrum of disciplines.

  • Strong professional community engagement with demonstrated leadership roles on relevant technical committees.

  • Demonstrated record of contribution to national/international science and/or engineering research. Has led the development of significant technical products, including technical reports and journal articles, and conference presentations, which are recognized by sponsors and collaborators for their technical impact.

  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-organizational teams to identify and promote new capabilities that advance program strategy.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

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About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.