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Power System Analytics Engineer

Sentient Energy

Sentient Energy

Data Science
Milpitas, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024
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Sentient Energy, a leading player in the field of utility analytics, grid edge control, and intelligent sensing, is seeking talented Power System Analytics Engineer to join its Power System Data Science and Analytics team. This full-time position offers the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects involving the analysis of smart grid data, making use of advanced Artificial Intelligence and power system principles. With the increasing adoption of utility IoT deployments and grid modernization programs, the need for deriving valuable insights from operational and non-operational data has never been greater. This position ideally will be located in Milpitas, CA or Frisco, TX, but open to remote work.

Our TeamThis team is responsible for research, technology development, and solution delivery of analytics applications based on the synergistic use of digital grid data coupled with the state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence and power system first principles.

What You Will Do

  • Developing and maintaining data-driven algorithms and AI models to characterize and predict power grid behavior under various conditions.
  • Establishing and optimizing data processing pipelines based on industry best practices to support the testing of hypotheses at scale with extensive field device data.
  • Collaborating with the Analytics team to provide innovative ideas and analytics expertise from related industries.
  • Assisting product engineering teams in validating and verifying sensor system performance.
  • Analyzing grid events and failure signatures to gain a comprehensive understanding of outages or disturbances.
  • Contributing to utility analytics partnership initiatives and roadmap development.
  • Participating in intellectual property development and representing the company at technical conferences and trade shows.
  • Involvement in 3rd party funded R&D programs and initiatives.
  • Publishing internal reports, external articles, and white papers to showcase company success and maintain industry thought leadership.


Who You Are (Basic Qualifications)

  • Proficiency in grid modeling and simulation and advanced machine learning applied to Power systems
  • Experience with statistical modeling, time-series analysis, and programming tools for data science (e.g., R, Python, Matlab)
  • Familiarity with database query languages (SQL)


What Will Put You Ahead

  • An advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer science, applied math/statistics, or a closely related STEM field.
  • Demonstrated utility analytics experience in a technology vendor, national laboratory, or utility environment.
  • Expert knowledge of Python libraries for signal processing, time series modeling, database querying, statistics, machine learning, and visualization (e.g., numpy, statsmodel, scipy, scikit-learn, matplotlib).
  • More than 2 years of relevant work experience, including experience applying advanced analytics to power and energy industry problems.
  • A track record of prior work or official coursework in analytics demonstrated by publications, certifications, GitHub projects, etc.
  • Familiarity with electrical distribution system operations and management practices and technologies.
  • Ability to convey complex concepts and results to a diverse audience, including stakeholder executives.


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Hiring Philosophy

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Who We Are

As a Koch Engineered Solutions company, Sentient Energy provides innovative line sensing, data analytics, optimization and control technologies for the distribution grid. Our grid edge software solutions help electric utilities make data-driven decisions to enhance the delivery of safe, reliable and efficient power.

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Our Benefits

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength - focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes - medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

Equal Opportunities

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status. Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test. This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: http://www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf