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Postdoctoral: Vehicle Data Analysis Engineer
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Job Description

Perform analysis and performance characterization of new technologies such as fuel cells, hybrid drivetrains, all-electric drivetrains, autonomous controls and alternative fueled vehicles to identify new novel methods and technology to improve driveline and vehicle efficiency. The successful candidate will work with NREL’s Commercial Vehicle Technologies engineering team to obtain and manage large sets of data from in-use vehicle fleets, perform analysis through simulation and modeling, visualize data, as well as publish and present the resulting findings. Position requires extensive interaction with the NREL Commercial Vehicle Technologies engineering team and other NREL vehicle technology research groups, industry managers, vehicle and equipment manufacturers, and other industry representatives as well as extensive data collection, analysis and visualization activities.

Job Description

Vehicle Data Collection: Work with commercial fleet operators, industry partners, NREL lab testing staff, and in some cases subcontractors to collect vehicle performance, operations, emissions, refueling/charging, and maintenance data using on-board data acquisition systems, telematics as well as off-line data mining techniques as required by project plans and protocols. Work with NREL engineers in Commercial Vehicle Technologies and Fuel Performance groups to coordinate test plans, data collection and analysis of results from NREL’s heavy-duty chassis dynamometer to identify new research opportunities. Work with NREL’s Fleet DNA data engineers to run quality assurance secure data storage processes, identify and resolve data quality issues from various sources.

Vehicle Data Analysis: Develop vehicle system models of commercial vehicles using NREL’s FASTSim model, validated with chassis dynamometer and on-road data, to conduct parametric analysis of vehicle design and operational parameters. Analyze collected technical data and fleet information to contribute to technical journals and other publications which will be useful to industry operations managers, vehicle OEM’s, advanced power train developers, fuel providers and various research organizations. Apply statistical analysis techniques as necessary to determine statistical significance of results. Use Matlab, Simulink or other math based programs to develop and refine vehicle modeling and simulation techniques and tools to provide additional analysis of advanced vehicle technology.

Information Reporting and Dissemination: Author or co-author technical reports, scientific journal articles and technical papers on results of studies and research. Work with NREL, the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other national laboratories to utilize data and information obtained from vehicles. Work with NREL database and publication specialists to make results available over the Internet. Make presentations on results at relevant conferences or workshops.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Knowledge of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles test engineering especially, vehicle testing, CAN-based data acquisition, telematics, and vehicle instrumentation. Solid engineering and technical capabilities in experimental design, on-board data acquisition, data mining and data analysis. Knowledge and experience with commercial vehicle and powertrain technologies including heavy-duty engines, engine control systems, heavy-duty engine after-treatment systems, and emissions regulations. Demonstrated experience with engineering computer modeling tools with ability to use and adapt models and code in Matlab, Simulink, Python, SQL, and Excel to enable data analysis, statistical analysis, and data visualization.

Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills to enable effective internal communications and external interactions with industry.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications


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