[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Scientist, NREL, Golden, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Mar 19 05:58:56 MDT 2014

*Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Scientist*
NREL-Golden, CO
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in beautiful 
Golden, CO, is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to 
secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and 
economically sustainable. Our mission is to develop renewable energy and 
energy efficiency technologies and practices, advance related science 
and engineering and transfer knowledge and innovations to address the 
nation's energy and environmental goals.

*Postdoctoral Fellow - Atmospheric Scientist*

*Requisition #**3498BR*

*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 integration.

*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 / E-Verify*

NREL's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all 
qualified persons without regard to race, age, color, sex, religion, 
national origin, marital or veteran status, or any other legally 
protected status.

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, 
please click here http://www.nrel.gov/employment/eeo.html .

Pre-employment drug testing required.

*Submit Your Resume*

Please apply online at:*www.nrel.gov/employment*and search for Req #3498

Please include a cover letter specific to each position you are applying 
to indicating how you match the requirements of the posting.

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