Graduate (Summer) Intern - Machine Learning Applications to Power System Operations

nrel    Golden, United States    2024-02-11

Job posting number: #89013 (Ref:R12151)

Job Description

Posting Title

Graduate (Summer) Intern - Machine Learning Applications to Power System Operations



CO - Golden

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Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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Job Description

This position is looking for a year-round intern (summer intern is also acceptable) who has strong technical background in machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligent (AI) applications in power systems, ideally on the distribution grid and distributed energy resources (DERs). The intern will work on projects developing learning-based analytics, controls and optimizations for power systems and DERs. The ideal candidate should be able to conduct research work independently and also collaborate with project PI and other researchers from the same project team. 


Basic Qualifications

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Undergraduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution.
Post Undergraduate: Earned a bachelor’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.

Graduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s degree program from an accredited institution.
Post Graduate: Earned a master’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.
Graduate + PhD: Completed master’s degree and enrolled as PhD student from an accredited institution.

Please Note:
• Applicants are responsible for uploading official or unofficial school transcripts, as part of the application process.
• If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.
• Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.

* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.

Additional Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate should...

  • Have familiarity with power systems, especially distribution systems. Familiar with power system modeling and power system optimization 
  • Have a good fundamental knowledge of neural networks, state-of-the-art learning algorithms, and their applications to complex systems
  • Be experienced in one or more ML/AI techniques, such as reinforcement learning, federated learning, natural language learning, graph neural network
  • Have research background in power systems, focusing on distribution grids and DERs
  • Be proficient in using Python and machine learning/reinforcement learning packages

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in using power system simulation software (e.g. OpenDSS)
  • Experience in using high performance computers, Linux systems


Job Application Submission Window

The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.

Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Job Profile: / Annual Salary Range: $42,700 - $68,300

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Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; and sick leave (where required by law). NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Internships projected to be less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for medical, dental, or vision benefits.

* Based on eligibility rules

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Employer Info

Job posting number:#89013 (Ref:R12151)
Application Deadline:2024-03-12
Employer Location:NREL
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