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Postdoctoral Researcher - Wind Energy Engineering and Analysis
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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to support engineering and analysis research at the National Wind Technology Center. Specifically, this position will support the development of new Python-based models that characterize technology and plant costs for wind energy. The work will also include synthesizing quantitative results to provide insights about future technology research and development opportunities. Specific areas of interest for this work include the operations and maintenance and balance of system costs for commercial-scale and distributed land-based wind plants.

The successful candidate will collaborate with senior engineers and analysts in carrying out work that evaluates land-based wind energy technologies in an array of related areas including:

(1) developing technology and innovation cost models to evaluate current costs as well as future cost reduction opportunities for wind energy;

(2) developing national wind energy resource and cost datasets and analysis capabilities, including writing and applying new analytical code and scripts;

(3) working with internal and external partners to collect primary data and to populate and inform model development; and,

(4) exercising models to support the evaluation of research and development opportunities, technology advancement, and market opportunities across a range of potential market and policy scenarios.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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


Preferred Qualifications

Specific job duties are expected to include:

  • Developing analytical methods and models in Python
  • Collecting and curating data to support model development
  • Applying quantitative and qualitative research methods to determine the opportunity or value of technology innovation in land-based wind power systems and to identify key variables and sensitivities
  • Writing and publishing research results in technical reports, journals, and conference proceedings
  • Coordinating and collaborating with peers and colleagues within and outside of NREL

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years with a degree from a relevant, quantitative discipline, including engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, economics
  • Prior experience coding in Python

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated robust analytical skills
  • Excellent technical writing skills, with an initial publication record
  • Demonstrated ability to work constructively on an independent basis and on teams
  • Prior knowledge of systems engineering, software development, or renewable energy
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Python


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