Postdoctoral - Floating Offshore Wind
CO - Boulder
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The National Wind Technology Center is seeking a qualified candidate to help execute a project related to the design and analysis of floating wind systems in a control co-design (CCD) environment. The position's primary responsibilities include running and analyzing floating wind system simulations working with the CCD team for structural optimization. This work will involve using a range of existing tools, possibly creating new tools, and applying various mechanical and offshore engineering principles toward the understanding of floating wind system performance. The overarching goal of the work is to identify parameters of the floating system that will lower the cost of energy. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other NREL staff, academic institutions, and certification agency to contribute in research in the area of an ultra-flexible floating platform. The candidate can expect to publish research results in technical journals/conference proceedings and present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
Additional Required Qualifications
Excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Prior experience relating to offshore system design, analysis, or modeling.
Experience in numerical simulation for engineering analysis.
Proficiency in wind turbine simulation tools and Python scripting.
Experience with offshore wind turbine simulation tools (e.g. OpenFAST, Bladed, HAWC2).
Experience with mooring simulation tools (e.g. OrcaFlex and MoorDyn).
Experience with floating wind system design and analysis.
Experience with optimization theory and application.
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