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R9753 Undergraduate/Graduate (Year-Long) Intern – Wireless Communication Modeling in Transportation Systems

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Job Description

The AI, Learning, and Intelligent Systems Group in the NREL Computational Science Center has an opening for an intern researcher in Transportation Systems with special emphasis on wireless communication modeling and simulation for traffic system. The researcher will assist in developing mathematical wireless communication models, implementing the wireless communication models in a microscopic traffic simulation tool, and calibrating the models with field data. The researcher will also assist in calibrating vehicle energy consumption models.
We are looking for a dynamic, motivated researcher with a strong technical background and an interest in the mission of NREL. The successful candidate will collaborate with NREL staff and researchers to design and implement wireless communication simulation tools to evaluate the effects of Cooperative Driving Automation on traffic network emissions, energy efficiency and safety.

This position can be done onsite on our Golden, CO, campus, or in a remote capacity. The role is expected to be part-time during the academic year and full-time during summer break, as the intern is available.

Responsibilities include:
  • Assist in developing V2V, V2I, and V2X wireless communication models.
  • Assist in developing a simulation tool to incorporate these wireless communication models into Aimsun microscopic traffic simulations.
  • Calibrating the wireless communication models with experiment data from the testbed.
  • Author, present and assist in the preparation of technical papers, reports and conference proceedings on topics related to data-driven traffic modeling and simulation and their application.

Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please Note:
•You will need to upload official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.
•If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Candidates should have demonstrated interest or experience in the field of wireless communication modeling and simulation.
  • Candidates must have a strong foundation in coding, especially C++.

Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications will be considered a bonus:
  • Candidates should have experience with C++ & Visual Studio
  • Candidates should have experience with microscopic traffic simulators such as Aimsun.
  • Candidates should have experience with wireless communication modeling tools such as NS3.