The Leidos Civil Group is seeking a Research Scientist for its Research Support Services (RSS) contract for the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). NETL is a DOE national laboratory that produces technological solutions for America's energy challenges. The candidate will focus on demonstrating on-line System Identification for process monitoring and optimization to enhance dynamic stability, heat rate, and emissions for an existing coal fired power system during ramping and cycling operations.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
- Interpret process data from power plant and their control system service supplier partners.
- Conduct online system ID with perspective industrial partners.
- Simulate power plant process data using modeling tools.
- Develop machine learning systems and adaptive learning techniques using statistical software.
- Test progress and performance of the toolset being developed for power systems.
- Develop component degradation, predictive maintenance, and characterize cause and effect of component deterioration.
- Work independently and collaboratively with members of the research team to meet milestones and deliverables.
- Lead efforts in writing research papers and creating conference presentations.
- The candidate must have a PhD from an accredited university in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and no experience is required.
- Be familiar with coal conversion technology (also including coal gasification), steam cycle, and water chemistry in steam power plant.
- Working knowledge of modeling tools and power cycles analysis including Aspen PlusTM, Long Range Energy Alternative Planning System (LEAP), and power and network system analysis.
- Knowledge of coal conversion dynamics and have experience with data analytics and statistical software such as SAS statistical packages.
- Experience modeling with Aspen Dynamic, MATLAB/Simulink, and PowerWorld Simulator for dynamic power and network system analysis.
- Familiar with the cyber physical system and online system identification techniques.
- Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to represent Leidos or its clients at conferences or public forums or contribute to technical reports and scientific journals.
- Experience in operations of real power plant, including steam and combined cycle power plants and gasification technology.
- Strong record of publication in reputable journals and experiences in proposal development process.
TERM OF COMMITMENT: These research positions are intended to be term positions, with varying levels of commitment that are not expected to last longer than 2 years. Candidates will be informed prior to applying what length of commitment is anticipated. Also, candidates who successfully fill a term position, may be invited to apply for an additional terms. Nothing in this paragraph is intended to create an employment contract. Employment will remain at will.