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Post-Doctoral Researcher: Water Power Electro-mechanical Systems
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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. This R&D program has an opening for one post-doctoral researcher in the topic area of grid integration of water power technologies to collaborate with the Water Power Grid Integration Technical Lead.

The post-doctoral research will work with staff at across NREL and at other National Laboratories and the Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office on the topic of grid integration of water power technologies and power systems into grids with high levels of renewable energy penetration. The work will focus on the identification of key analyses and efforts to advance DOE Water Power objectives and utilization of essential capabilities in two primary areas: valuing and expanding the capabilities of existing water power facilities (e.g., increasing the flexibility of existing power plants) and valuing and integrating new water power systems into the electric grid. The post-doctoral engineer will develop new and augment existing water power grid integration methodologies and models that help facilitate water power’s support of the changing grid. Additional responsibilities will include working with teams to address the commissioning challenges associated with siting and building pumped storage hydro.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


Preferred Qualifications

The desired candidate will have:

  • A PhD in electrical or mechanical engineering
  • Experience with energy system integration
  • Established publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Knowledge of programming languages, ideally Julia or .NET framework-related languages (C# and Visual Basic) but also Python and C++
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of the interaction of hydrological and electric grid modeling, specifically connections related to grid planning, operations, and markets
  • Familiarity with multi-objective resource optimization
  • Assessment, valuation, and optimization of seasonally-shifted energy use


Submission Guidelines

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