Research and Development Engineer II, Senior
Little Rock, AR

About $83,000 - $110,000 a year

Position Location: Carmel, IN; Eagan, MN; or Little Rock, AR


MISO is an essential link in the safe, cost-effective delivery of electric power across all or parts of 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. As a Regional Transmission Organization, MISO assures consumers of unbiased regional grid management and open access to the transmission facilities under MISO’s functional supervision.

We manage one of the world’s largest energy markets, clearing billions in gross market charges annually. We use a five-minute commitment process that provides market liquidity and transparent pricing while also minimizing congestion and maximizing efficient energy transmission.

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The Research and Development Engineer leads cross-matrixed projects to leverage subject matter expertise across the organization and uses advanced engineering and operations research techniques to conduct impact assessments, analytically-based decision-making and prototyping focused on energy market, operations and infrastructure systems. The engineer also supports external and internal communications to gather information and track emerging issues, enable research and development programs and partnerships and socialize and present analysis results.


Use advanced engineering or operations research techniques to support impact assessments, analytically-based decision-making and prototyping focused on energy market and reliability systems and activities.
Develop advanced algorithms using state of the art mathematics in optimization and control theory.
Set up and execute simulation and analytical programs using simulation software; help to build and support computer modeling tools.
Collect and pre-process energy market or infrastructure data, and support accurate analysis and post-process of results for results reporting.
Document results clearly and concisely, including presenting data in graphs and charts, describing approaches used to derive results, and interpreting the results.
Assist others in understanding or solving complex problems outside of their area of expertise.
Provide support for the development of strategies and tactical plans to evaluate and address issues, concerns and opportunities for enhancing MISO’s value proposition, market efficiency and grid reliability.
Help track emerging trends and provide input / support for assessments of nascent technologies and business models, including the evaluation of the implication of new options and need for integration into MISO markets and operations.
Conduct qualitative primary and secondary research related to emerging trends, and technologies and capabilities, market design concepts and operating procedures, or related to requests to develop thought-leading analysis.
Assist with drafting presentations and report summaries, and help the socialization and presentation of results internally.
Work with internal and external resources to support studies, benchmarking and summaries of emerging trends and risks/opportunities.
Stay current on market trends, technological innovations, and best practices. Use this information to help create recommendations for future research.
Develop white papers and formal technical publications to document and report research and development results and promote MISO’s strategic initiatives.
Help develop reports and presentations and facilitate discussion of technical issues and solutions with business areas, MISO executive management and stakeholders.

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Operations Research, Computer Programming, Economics or related technical field, required.
At least two years of experience working with data analysis, computer programs, and research in an academic or professional setting, with experience in the energy or consulting industry, required.
At least two years of experience with at least two of the following required:
power flow analysis
developing algorithms and computer modeling tools for optimal configuration, usage or planning of energy assets
control theory and optimization as it relates to energy market or infrastructure systems
stochastic optimization and portfolio optimization related to energy systems
Specific training, certification and experience within any of the following: advanced training in energy markets, operations research or economic theories and practices preferred.
Appropriate level will be determined based upon experience and knowledge.