[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Scientist, NREL, Golden, CO
christin at ucar.edu
Mon Apr 21 07:17:01 MDT 2014
Posting Title Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Scientist
Requisition Number 3498BR
Location Golden, CO
Position Type Postdoctoral Researcher
Initial Assignment Length (Months) 12
Hours Per Week 40
About NREL The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader
in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to secure an energy future
that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With
locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary
laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy
technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop
renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices,
advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and
innovation to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.
Job/Research Summary To assist the Solar Resources & Forecasting Group
with various research projects involving the measurement, modeling, and
analysis of solar radiation resources for renewable energy applications.
Solar radiation data of known quality are needed to characterize the
weather-driven variability of this energy resource over a wide range of
historical time scales (1 s -- decadal) and spatial scales (100 m --
global). These characterizations are fundamental to the siting, design,
economic performance modeling, and acceptance testing of solar energy
conversion systems. Solar resource and meteorological data are also
needed for modeling building system thermal performance and energy
efficiency analyses. These data are also critical for developing solar
resource forecasts in support of the increased deployment of
photovoltaic and solar thermal conversion systems for central and
distributed electricity generation. In addition solar forecasting forms
a critical component of future plans to install and operate of high
penetrations of clean technologies on the grid. This person should be a
self-starter with demonstrated ability to quickly address the various
scientific and technical aspects of solar and atmospheric measurements,
modeling, data quality assessments involving large data sets (TBytes).
This person should be able to work with a broad range of external
stakeholders, including scientists, engineers, economists, policy
makers, and others engaged in aspects of renewable energy systems
Job Duties Conduct scientific research to advance solar radiation
resource measurements and modeling capabilities to improve the accuracy
of solar forecasting at various times scales. Work with researchers,
energy developers and utilities to acquire, manage and analyze existing
resource and power production datasets. Investigate the use of
satellite- and ground-based observations for estimating solar resources.
Work at a high-level with DOE and organizations involved in weather
forecasting and numerical weather prediction model development. Develop
applications to provide solar resource data for the validation and
improvement of atmospheric mesoscale models and provide inputs to
real-time power plant forecasting. Develop scientific applications
software for the analysis of solar radiation and meteorological
parameters in time-series and geospatial domains. Work with the NREL web
team to make solar resource and meteorological data publicly available
as appropriate. Present research results to key stakeholders and publish
scientific findings in technical journals and conference proceedings.
Required Education and Experience Must be a recent PhD graduate within
the last three years.
Additional Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Required Knowledge:
Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of scientific
principles, theories, and concepts in atmospheric physics (including
radiative transfer) and instrumentation for the measurement of solar
radiation and clouds.
Demonstrates capability to develop new scientific ideas and work
independently. Demonstrates good technical writing skill as proven by
relevant technical publications. Good interpersonal and communication
Additional Required Knowledge and Skills:
Significant knowledge of modeling clouds, aerosols and solar radiation
for various applications including numerical weather prediction and
retrievals using ground based and satellite datasets. Significant
programming experience in C, C++ or Fortran and Matlab/IDL. Knowledge of
solar radiometry with the ability to use measurements to develop
solution for solar energy applications.
Preferred Qualifications Relevant Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science or
Meteorology or equivalent. Ideal candidate will have modeling experience
related to solar radiation and cloud physics for numerical weather
prediction and satellite- and ground-based remote sensing.
Relevant science, engineering and R&D experience with peer-reviewed
publications. Knowledge of solar resource characteristics, meteorology,
atmospheric science, and measurement systems. Must be proficient in
Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
EEO Policy NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment
opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate
against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability,
age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation,
or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.
NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the
Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's
Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information,
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