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Job Summary
The National Wind Technology Center is seeking a postdoctoral research engineer to help execute projects related to verification and validation of physics-based engineering tools at both the wind turbine and wind-farm levels. The research engineer will systematically verify and validate (V&V) physics-based wind-turbine and wind-farm engineering tools (e.g. FAST/OpenFAST and FAST.Farm) by comparisons to high-fidelity modeling results (e.g. SOWFA) and experimental data to quantitatively understand their applicability, accuracy, and uncertainties. The engineer will identify possible improvements to the engineering tools. They will quantify the effect of uncertainty in input parameters on modeling results. The engineer will also engage in international V&V collaboratives.

The successful candidate will collaborate with other NREL staff to carry out research in the following areas: 1) wind-turbine and wind-farm engineering model V&V 2) improvement of engineering models 3) uncertainty quantification 4) international V&V collaboratives.

This engineer is expected to demonstrate a broad understanding and wide application of engineering principles, theories and concepts as well as general knowledge of wind energy related disciplines and applications. The engineer will work with a wide variety of customers including the DOE wind energy technology office. They will also work collaboratively with other national laboratories, industry and the international community and execute wind energy related engineering projects worldwide.

The successful candidate will have excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills. The candidate will be expected to help publish results in technical journals/conference proceedings and present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings. They will also be expected to support the development of new work proposals, preparations, and reviews.

Required Education, Experience and Skills
Postdoctoral Researcher

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will have experience with wind turbine and wind-farm modeling, including experience with wind energy modeling tools used within the wind industry e.g. FAST/OpenFAST and DWM. The preferred candidate will be familiar with uncertainty quantification principles. In addition, the preferred candidate will have experience with high-fidelity modeling e.g. SOWFA and processing measurement data. Lastly, candidates with aerospace and mechanical design backgrounds with some knowledge of wind engineering applications are encouraged to apply.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


Preferred Qualifications


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