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Research Scientist – Control and optimization for power systems

Princeton, New Jersey
Research & Development

English (US)

Job Description

Division: Corporate Technology
Business Unit: Corporate Technology
Requisition Number: 200369
Primary Location: United States-New Jersey-Princeton
Assignment Category: Full-time regular
Experience Level: Mid level
Education Required Level: Doctorate Degree
Travel Required: 20%

Division Description:

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationally for more than 165 years. As a global technology company, Siemens is rigorously leveraging the advantages that this setup provides. To tap business opportunities in both new and established markets, the Company is organized in nine Divisions: Power and Gas, Wind Power and Renewables, Energy Management, Building Technologies, Mobility, Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives, Healthineers and Financial Services. Our support functions are split into two organizations, Corporate Core and Corporate Services. These organizations provide essential services to better enable responsible and profitable growth. For more information, please visit:

Job Description:

Do you want to drive the revolution towards 100% renewable generation in real power systems?
Here’s the right opportunity for You!
Join our research group Autonomous Systems located in Princeton, NJ, and investigate new control and optimization functional building blocks for power systems. We support our business units from the early phase of identifying opportunities through designing algorithms and building prototypes for customer solutions up to validating these solutions in the field. Our close contact to different business units enables the opportunity to participate in projects in all areas of power system automation, power generation, renewables integration etc., making for an exciting and challenging environment. Have a look at our recent Picture of the Future publications on Energy Systems to get an overview of Siemens’ recent developments in this area.
Siemens Background
For more than 170 years, pioneering technologies, and the business models developed from them, have been the foundation of Siemens’ success. Our central research and development unit, Corporate Technology (CT) plays an important role in this. Together with its global network of experts, CT is a strategic partner to Siemens’ operative units. It provides important services along the entire value chain – from research and development to production and quality assurance, as well as optimized business processes. The support provided to the businesses in their research and development activities is ideally balanced with CT’s own future-oriented research. Siemens’ central research and development arm sees itself as a strategic partner to the company’s businesses. It plays a key role in achieving and maintaining leading competitive positions in the fields of electrification and automation while at the same time helping Siemens fully tap into the growth field of digitalization.
 We at Corporate Technology are more than employees: We are actively helping to make people’s lives a little better every day. Would you like to be a part of that? Then join us. We offer you a high level of practical relevance as well as an opportunity to individually contribute your knowledge and your visions around the world. Whether you’re helping to develop products for the operating units or working in interdisciplinary projects for the business areas: At Corporate Technology you’ll be working in the heart of Siemens’ technological research together with the best.
What are your responsibilities?
  • You develop innovative control and optimization concepts and solutions for power systems.
  • You implement these concepts and solutions in quick prototypes, feasibility studies, technical specifications, and eventually into larger systems and product components.
  • You test and validate these solutions in laboratory and field tests.
  • You identify, define, acquire and lead industrial R&D projects.
  • You work with our business units to understand algorithm requirements and deliver solutions.
  • You protect the results of your work through patent applications and publish protected results at conferences or in top journals.
What skills are needed to qualify for this job?
  • Ph.D. in Engineering with focus on automatic control/optimization or power systems required; post-PhD experience in the same field, e.g. in an industrial research center or a national lab is a plus.
  • Strong theoretical background and practical experience in different advanced automatic control and optimization methods like MPC, robust and optimal control, nonlinear and mixed-integer optimization, e.g. proven through at least 3 years research in this field.
  • Good knowledge of power system modeling and control like detailed dynamic modeling and simulation (RMS/EMT), optimal power flow, unit commitment, e.g. proven through at least 3 years research in this field.
  • Proven ability to develop new research ideas as demonstrated by a strong publication record and early developments to the level of a working system prototypes as well as involvement in writing funding proposals for research grants.
  • Good knowledge of tools and languages typically used to support simulation, controller design, and optimization (incl. C/C++, MATLAB, Simulink, power system simulation software).
  • Real world problem solving and a hands-on, can-do mentality.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal & written) skills in English required.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in a growing, dynamic, interdisciplinary team of experts.
  • Successful candidate must be able to work with controlled technology in accordance with US Export Control Law. US Export Control laws and applicable regulations govern the distribution of strategically important technology, services and information to foreign nationals and foreign countries. Siemens may require candidates under consideration for employment opportunities to submit information regarding citizenship status to allow the organization to comply with specific US Export Control laws and regulations. Additional information on the US Export Control laws & regulations can be found on

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