Wind Resource Modeling And Characterization Researcher

Nrel Boulder , CO 80301

Posted 2 months ago

Posting Title

Wind Resource Modeling and Characterization Researcher



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking an atmospheric scientist with extensive experience in wind energy meteorology, machine learning (ML), and uncertainty quantification (UQ). The candidate will work across different projects within the Department of Energy-funded initiatives as well as externally funded work. Research focus areas will include wind resource characterization, wind plant performance modelling and prediction, and remote sensing measurements and analysis. Previous experience in planning and executing atmospheric measurement field campaigns will be an advantage.

This scientist is expected to demonstrate a broad understanding and wide application of atmospheric principles, theories and concepts, as well as best practices for application of ML and UQ for wind energy applications. The scientist will be involved in strategic development of the wind resource characterization program and work with a wide variety of customers including industry partners and the DOE energy technology.

The successful candidate will have excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills. The candidate will be expected to publish results

in high impact technical journals and present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings. Finally, the candidate will be expected to support the development of new work proposals, preparations, and reviews.


Basic Qualifications

PhD in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Engineering, or related field.

Or, Master's Degree in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Engineering, or related field and 3 or more years of relevant research experience.

Or, Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Engineering, or related field and 5 or more years of relevant research experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in the field of wind energy meteorology

  • Expertise in the application of ML and UQ to wind energy meteorology

  • Experience in processing and analyzing observed and modeled atmospheric data, including data from meteorological towers, remote sensing instrumentation, reanalysis products, and mesoscale models

  • Expertise in a Linux-based high-performance computing environment

  • Proficiency in Python scripting languages

  • Proficiency in GitHub for collaborative software development

  • Experience working within or in collaboration with the wind energy industry

  • Track record of publications in high impact factor journals


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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