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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Within the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), NREL has a facility, the Controllable Grid Interface (CGI) system assimilates two dynamometers, utility scale wind turbines, photovoltaic arrays, and a matrix of electronic and mechanical storage devices. The CGI provides a research and characterization platform to better understand how wind turbines, photovoltaic inverters, and energy storage systems react to disturbances on the electric power system. This research area has an opening for one postdoctoral researcher to help execute projects to validate and characterize the operation and performance of power systems specific to wind energy technology.

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Work with research staff and industry partners to develop and execute research validation plans.
  • Model, collect, analyze, and/or report data from research projects.
  • Develop expert system level knowledge of complex grid integration research systems in a diligent, safe and self-directed manner.
  • Troubleshoot, operate, and expand capabilities of complex research systems through the use of modeling and simulation tools (Matlab, Simulink, LabVIEW, Pscad, RTDS), and hardware/software development.
  • Work with a team of engineers, technicians and electricians to configure, commission, characterize and demobilize a wide variety wind, solar, storage, and other renewable energy systems.
  • Publish results in top technical journals and conference proceedings; present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings
  • Collaborate with management and senior staff to develop proposals in the area of data analytics for next-generation energy systems
  • Advance foundational science in advanced mathematical techniques and software algorithms
    • Non-linear Control Theory
    • Optimization Theory
    • Complex System Theory
    • Big Data Analytics


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


Preferred Qualifications


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.