[ES_JOBS_NET] Wind Resource Characterization Lead Researcher, NREL, Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri May 19 10:42:00 MDT 2017


*Posting Title*

Wind Resource Characterization Lead Researcher



CO - Boulder


*Position Type*



*Hours Per Week*



*Job Summary*

The National Wind Technology Center is seeking an atmospheric scientist 
to help lead a wind resource characterization research program focused 
on development and application of new resource methodologies and 
technologies for use by the wind industry. The program will include 
examination of atmospheric processes over a range of scales from 
mesoscale to microscale that influence wind energy systems using both 
computational modeling and field deployed observational systems.

The successful candidate will primarily focus on wind, but will 
collaborate with other NREL staff in the area of energy resource 
characterization including wind, solar and water power to carry out 
research and provide leadership in the following areas:

1) improvement and validation of the next generation models that bridge 
the mesoscale and microscale for estimation of short and long term 
energy production

2) maturation and quantification of resource and energy estimation 
processes including uncertainty quantification

3) development of advanced resource databases that are used for a 
variety of research studies

4) development and validation of atmospheric observation systems 
including new remote sensing technologies.

This scientist is expected to demonstrate a broad understanding and wide 
application of atmospheric principles, theories and concepts as well as 
general knowledge of wind energy related disciplines and applications. 
The scientist will be involved in strategic development of the wind 
resource characterization program and work with a wide variety of 
customers including the DOE energy technology programs. They will also 
work collaboratively with other national laboratories, industry and the 
international community to define important strategic directions and 
execute wind related energy resource projects worldwide.

The successful candidate will have excellent writing, interpersonal and 
communication skills. The candidate will be expected to publish results 
in technical journals/conference proceedings and presenting work at 
conferences, symposia, and review meetings. They will also be expected 
to support and lead the development of new work proposals, preparations, 
and reviews.


*Required Education, Experience, and Skills*

Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant 
Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience or 
equivalent relevant education/experience.
Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience or 
equivalent relevant education/experience.
Applies extensive scientific technical expertise, and has full knowledge 
of other related disciplines. Considered a technical resource.
Demonstrates leadership in several areas of team, task or project lead 
responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. 
Excellent technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


*Preferred Qualifications*

The preferred candidate will have experience with atmospheric modeling 
tools used for wind resource characterization by the wind industry e.g. 
WRF, WAsP and TurbSim, and validation thereof. The preferred candidate 
will have a strong expertise in atmospheric observational platforms and 
data analysis techniques for tower based instrumentation and remote 
sensing. The preferred candidate will be familiar with forecasting and 
energy assessment processes (e.g., power curve modeling) used by 
industry, including the data analysis and uncertainty processes. 
Candidates with engineering backgrounds but strong knowledge of 
atmospheric science are also encouraged to apply. Experience in leading 
large projects will be an advantage.


*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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