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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Reliability Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education:
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: November 29, 2022
Reference Code: 18776
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a highly motivated researcher for the position of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Reliability Engineer in the Energy Storage and Electric Transportation Department. The department conducts groundbreaking research, demonstration, and deployment support to understand and improve the impact of energy storage and electric transportation technologies on the nation's energy future. Transportation electrification is core to INL's broader mission of clean energy integration, given the significant portion of energy consumed to move goods and people across the country. With rapidly increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), a key focus of the department is understanding how EV charging can be well integrated with the electric grid and the transportation system. Ensuring high reliability of charging infrastructure is a critical component of this mission. This team works a hybrid 9x80 schedule located at our Idaho Falls facility with every other Friday off.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Be part of a new team sponsored by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation that is dedicated to significantly improving the reliability of the nation's charging infrastructure.
  • Contribute toward the creation of a national EV charging network that is convenient, affordable, reliable, and equitable.
  • Establish standard definitions and measurement methods for charging system reliability, collect data to understand failure modes and causes, and develop groundbreaking solutions and shortcuts that private industry can implement to rapidly improve reliability and interoperability.
  • Bring understanding of electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) and EV technology, coupled with expertise in experimental design, data collection and analysis, simulation and testing, and structured problem solving.
  • Coordinate and aid in the execution of Joint Office reliability activities and develop unique solutions to common issues impacting the reliability of EVSE
  • Communicate activities and results to a broad audience including public partners and EV adopters
  • Other activities as assigned by group lead or department manager in alignment with department activities, including professional development, business development and team building
Minimum Requirements:
  • PhD, or master's with 1 year of experience, or bachelor's and 2 years' experience
  • Experience participating in multidisciplinary teams and research, development, or demonstration projects that require collaboration with teams from external organizations
  • Experience delivering data-driven solutions to complex problems
  • Experience developing and/or using simulation-based systems to conduct verification/validation testing of commercial products
  • Track record of producing high-quality publications
Preferred Requirements:
  • Understanding of standards and protocols that define the communication within and between EVs, charging infrastructure, and other systems (e.g., CAN (Controller Area Network), Open Charge Point Protocol, ISO 15118)
  • Experience conducting interoperability testing of products from multiple manufacturers
  • Experience developing embedded controllers or other electronic devices and integrating them into electromechanical systems
Job Information
  • Salary Grade 210 ($91,032 - $150,156) / Salary Grade 220 ($104,688 - $172,668)
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting, and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities, and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview
About this Employer

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.