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Postdoctoral Researcher - Distributed Wind Systems Engineering and Project Management
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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden and Boulder, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies. NREL's National Wind Technology Center has an immediate opening for a full time (40 hours per week) Postdoctoral Researcher with experience and training in distributed wind systems. The candidate should have a broad background in mechanical and systems engineering with knowledge in distributed generation and wind energy. In addition, the candidate should have hands-on experience with wind turbines, analysis and engaging communities around the development of wind energy. The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists, economists, policy experts and engineers at NREL in cooperation with members of the distributed wind energy industry. This researcher’s work will primarily be funded by the DOE Wind Power Program and could include work and travel on military, international and tribal projects. The candidate will work across a series of projects focused on accelerating deployment and reducing the levelized cost of energy for DW systems. Currently program focus areas include market research, data, and analysis, wind resource characterization and performance assessment, turbine technology research and development, and balance of system cost reduction.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


Preferred Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have earned a PhD in engineering or equivalent.
  • Proven experience with wind turbines design or deployment.
  • Excellent, documented writing skills including the development of technical reports.
  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with wind turbine installed in distributed wind applications.
  • Demonstrated experience with small wind turbine design or deployment
  • Data analysis for mechanical systems
  • Resource and power production assessments for wind or solar energy
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse team across disciplines toward a common goal
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Works well in groups and individually with moderate supervision and feedback.


Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


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About National Renewable Energy Laboratory

At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.