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Research Software Engineer, Contract

Bellevue, Wa, Washington, United States

Ref#: 3551

Date published: 06/01/18

Global Good is a collaborative effort between Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures (IV) to tackle humanity's toughest problems through invention, focusing on developing countries. We work with governments, NGOs, and commercial partners around the world to conceive, develop, and deploy inventions that save lives.

You’ll be partnering with key personnel at Global Good and work closely with creative world-class business professionals, scientists and inventors at IV and the IV Lab to bring our ideas through innovation and into reality.

The Renewable Energy group seeks a Research Software Engineer who will be responsible for building a simulation platform for renewable energy integration study, which will provide decision support for future energy grid design, operation, and facility siting. The focused data may include wind, solar, grid demand, weather, demographic indicators, planned and existing energy generation facility locations, and energy storage.

  • Model the U.S. electric power infrastructure, generation, and demand in a comprehensive software platform.
  • Build economic dispatch and unit commitment optimization engine for large size power systems.
  • Define requirements for source data, techniques for validating intermediate and final results.
  • Perform extensive research in renewable energy generation, transmission, distribution, and integration.
  • Work with external research institutes and universities to understand their data sets and data visualization.
  • Specify, design, and implement software for data access APIs and data visualization tools with high quality in accordance with given requirements and chosen design.
  • Collect, analyze and process data to inform the modeling effort.
  • Construct relational database from scratch and build visualization tools according to requirements.
  • Conduct model sensitivity analysis to determine the impact of uncertain data sets.
  • Build data processing tools in Python to support electric grid simulation.
  • Conduct comprehensive renewable energy simulation studies.
  • Produce reports and presentations as required.
  • PhD degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a similar field of study and 3+ years software development OR Master’s degree and 5+ years of software development in electric power industry or similar industries.
  • 2+ years of experience modeling, optimizing, and simulating large electric power systems.
  • 4+ years of experience reading and writing code in Python.
  • 2+ years of experience using statistical packages and standard libraries in R, Python, and
  • Matlab to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets.
  • Strong analytical, research and communication skills.
  • Experience working effectively as a part of a software development team.
  • Must be comfortable in a startup working environment.
  • Database programming experience highly desired
  • Multiple database (SQL Server, PostgreSQL) server experience highly desired
  • Knowledge of renewable energy modeling strongly preferred.
  • Experience with large geospatial data processing and visualization highly desired.
  • Experience with data visualization highly desired.
  • Strong scientific computer modeling background highly desired.
We are an equal opportunity employer.
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