Post-Doctoral Researcher – Marine Energy Device Modeling and Resource Characterization

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Boulder, CO

ID: 7055375
Posted: January 17, 2019

Job Description

Job Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden and Boulder, Colorado is leading a three-lab effort to characterize the details of the Nation’s marine energy resource. NREL's National Wind Technology Center has an immediate opening for a full time (40 hours per week) Postdoctoral Researcher with experience and training in oceanography or ocean engineering. The candidate should have a broad background in oceanographic data analysis, and wave or tidal energy device and array modeling. In addition, the candidate should have hands-on experience with deployment and recovery of oceanographic measurement equipment such as acoustic Doppler profilers, surface wave-measuring buoys, and similar. The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists, engineers, economists, and policy experts at NREL in cooperation with members of the marine energy industry. This researcher’s work will primarily be funded by the DOE Water Power Technologies Office and will include as much as two-months of at-sea time, as well as travel to conferences to present results. The candidate will work across a series of projects focused on refining our understanding of the U.S. marine energy resource through the use of in-situ resource measurements combined with high-resolution resource model output, and especially focused on device and array modeling in realistic oceanic conditions. This work is intended to improve the understanding of the opportunities and challenges for advancing the U.S. marine energy industry. Current project focus areas include: coupling device models to create array models, coupling resource measurements to array models to predict array power output timeseries, developing tools for simulating realistic wave fields and turbulent flows, measuring waves and tidal turbulence, and developing new wave and tidal measurement techniques.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Must have earned a PhD in mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, physical oceanography, or equivalent.
Excellent, documented writing skills including the development of journal articles, and technical reports.
Excellent communication skills
Preferred Qualifications

Physical oceanography data analysis, including:
Spectral analysis of wave and turbulence data
Familiarity with acoustic Doppler profiler and acoustic Doppler velocimeter data
Familiarity with a diverse mix of wave measurement systems (e.g., wave buoy data, wave radar data, wave pressure measurements, etc.)
Wave and/or tidal device modeling
Wave and/or tidal array modeling
Numerical ocean modeling (wave modeling, tidal current modeling, etc.)
Data acquisition system design and sensor integration
Resource and power production assessments for tidal and wave energy
Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse team across disciplines toward a common goal
Proven organizational skills.
Works well in groups and individually with moderate supervision and feedback.

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