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Senior Research Software Engineer, ESTCP Team, School of Engineering

Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN

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Senior Research Software Engineer, ESTCP Team, School of Engineering

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The Senior Research Engineer is part of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University.

The Senior Research Engineer is part of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, and maintenance or experimentation. This position assists the Principal Investigator and System Architect with development and maintenance of discipline-specific software systems and/or engineering tools to support project and research goals. Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the Senior Research Engineer regularly collaborates with a team including but not limited to Research Engineers, Research Scientists, and System Architects to accomplish project-specific goals.

The Institute for Software Integrated Systems conducts basic and applied research in the area of systems and information science and engineering. Applications of its technology span a wide range of software-intensive systems from small embedded devices, through real-time distributed systems, to globally deployed complex systems. Software is increasingly essential to the functions of these systems, and it is also the primary means of adapting them to their environments and users. Our research interests lie in the theoretical foundations, modeling, design, engineering, and educational aspects of these systems.

The ESTCP team's current project involves transitioning future "Smart Grid" management from a centralized to a coordinated and distributed control paradigm, specifically, using an integrated microgrid. Microgrids, with local power generation and storage capability, can greatly reduce dependence on large utilities while providing sufficiently reliable power to communities. However, microgrids need intelligent and distributed control systems to manage various modes of operations and to provide a stable energy supply. This project is developing an open-source microgrid control system that runs on a network of small embedded devices attached to the microgrid power system components (photovoltaic cells, batteries, residential loads, etc.) The ultimate goal is to build field-tested, generic control system software that is highly customizable and can be widely used in various microgrid systems.

This position comes with a host of benefits most of which are available from Day 1. Some of our benefits include medical, dental, vision, long and short-term disability, matching 403(b), wellness incentives, tuition assistance, and paid time off (PTO). For a complete list of benefits and more details, please visit hr.vanderbilt.edu/benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist with modeling and analysis of discipline-specific engineering problems. Assist Principal Investigator and/or System Architect with the development and maintenance of discipline-specific software systems and/or engineering tools to support project and research goals. Perform engineering and/or software design, implementation, analysis, maintenance, or experimentation as directed by Principal Investigator and lead Engineers. Adhere to existing technical standards and recommend or develop new standards, as applicable. Prepare technical documentation for work products of the project. Maintain familiarity with and expertise in emerging technologies and techniques related to project and research goals. Provide Principal Investigator and /or System Architect with accurate documentation of all systems within project research area of direct involvement or responsibility. Provide Principal Investigator and/or System Architect with data to assist in evaluation of project research direction and progress, providing input on solutions as necessary. Provide Principal Investigator and /or System Architect with daily documentation of work performed. Effectively deliver technical progress reports and presentations in written and oral forms to project research staff and faculty. Communicate regularly, effectively, and professionally with Principal Investigator, System Architect, and research team. Share research knowledge, product, and processes with Principal Investigator, System Architect, and research team.

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering is necessary. Solid, established skills in networking and distributed systems, as well as software system development, modeling, and/or software systems engineering for the power grid is necessary. Ability to design, implement, test, document, and maintain software is necessary. Knowledge of computer architecture, software design, and embedded systems is necessary.. Practical knowledge of software development tools, programming languages (C/C++, Python), as needed by the project, is preferred. Knowledge of the basics of electrical power systems is preferred. Familiarity with the principles of signals and systems, control theory, and electrical circuits is preferred. Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.