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Company: AutoGrid Systems
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The trillion dollar energy industry is undergoing a disruptive transformation. Energy generation is going from centralized to decentralized. Utilities are shifting from vertically integrated power producers and distributors (think PG&E; SoCal Edison) to nimbler energy services providers operating in increasingly deregulated environments. New generation assets are smaller in scale, distributed, powered through renewable sources, and owned by the customers. This shift will lead to over $10 Trillion in new energy investments by 2040. With this dramatic change, energy providers must run their business in new ways. Energy providers of the future will be data-driven, where effective use of data will determine who wins and who loses.

Enter AutoGrid

AutoGrid's suite of Energy Internet applications allows utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver cheap, clean and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERS) in real-time and at scale. The AutoGrid platform and applications leverage petabytes of smart meter, sensor and third-party data, along with powerful data science, artificial intelligence, network optimization and high performance computing algorithms to monitor, predict, optimize and control the operations of millions of assets connected across global energy networks. Energy companies worldwide use AutoGrid's software to improve their operations, integrate renewables and drive deeper engagement with their customers.

Company Facts

  • Founded 2011 by Amit Narayan. Early backers include U.S. Department of Energy and Stanford University
  • SaaS platform and applications sold to regulated and deregulated energy companies worldwide.
  • AutoGrid addresses a top concern of all energy companies as they transform to capture the opportunities created by the changing market conditions
  • Value-add: AutoGrid software monitors, manages and optimizes a network of distributed energy resources (DERS) to balance demand and supply across the entire grid, in real-time and at scale.
  • Predictive Control technology tying together data science, AI, big data, IoT and high-performance computing to create 4th gen AI-driven real-time controls platform.
  • Open Architecture is able to integrate with all vendors and all equipment throughout the energy ecosystem.
  • Established thought leadership and high visibility within the industry. Recognized as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2015 and Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer 2016 and numerous other industry awards
  • Competition: ages-old clunky systems or point solutions only controlling one element. AutoGrid controls every element.
  • Highly differentiated in the market. No one approaches AutoGrids capabilities, performance, ease of deployment and cost.
  • Products sold directly and through partners. Deal size ranges from $100,000 to $5 million+.
  • AutoGrid is the leader in the space with over 5,000MW of assets under contract.
  • 100%/year growth rate in revenues
  • Well-Funded. $75+ million to date. Strategic investors include some of the largest energy companies in the world such as NextEra, E.ON, Southern, National Grid, Envision, Total and several others. Many of them are also customers.


As Senior Data Scientist - Optimization, you would be working with a team of other data scientists on the core optimization capabilities of the company in an agile environment. Experience in energy / utility or related markets is desirable but not necessary. Experience in building mission critical, highly scalable optimization applications is a must. Candidate should have a deep understanding of various optimization algorithms as well as practical experience of working with open-source and commercial solvers.

About the Job

  • Develop and maintain the optimization models and software implementation that drives AutoGrids predictive controls platform for managing distributed energy resources
  • Benchmark and debug critical issues with the algorithms and software as they arise
  • Contribute to improving scalability and reliability of the system
  • Work with product owners to develop new features and capabilities

About You

  • B.S., MS., or Ph.D. in computer science, operations research, industrial engineering, or related field
  • Experienced with solving large optimization problems using linear / non-linear / integer / dynamic / stochastic programming, as well as heuristic approaches
  • Deep understanding of algorithms, data structures, performance optimization techniques, relational databases, and software development in a team environment
  • Excellent programming skills in Python, Java or C++
  • Experience with optimization modeling languages (e.g. Pyomo, GAMS) and solvers (e.g. CBC, Cplex, Gurobi)

Nice to Have

  • Experienced with decomposition approaches to solving large-scale optimization problems
  • Hands-on experience with time series forecasting
  • Understanding of energy and capacity markets
  • Experience with frameworks such as Redis, Kafka, Celery, Hadoop/Spark
  • Start-up experience, entrepreneurial spirit, energetic!


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