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Water Power Electrical Engineer

Company: Nrel
Location: Boulder
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Posting Title

Water Power Electrical Engineer



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies with another office near Boulder, National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at Flatirons Campus is the nation's premier wind energy, water power, and grid integration research facility.

This R&D program has an opening for an engineer in the area of grid integration and electrical machine design of water power technologies and will be located at NWTC at Flatirons.

This is a research and testing position will provide technical analysis, design, and testing support of power electronics, generators, and electricity transmission systems for marine energy power generation applications in wave, tidal, ocean current resources. This will include utility scale, microgrid scale, and non-grid applications (e.g. AUV recharge, aquaculture, nanogrid, desalination, etc.). This will be used to inform work on economic viability and device performance in a wide range of ocean conditions.

The ideal candidate must have experience modeling, designing and testing power systems, and have proficient analysis skills. The successful candidate will develop and execute models, analyze results, and publish results in written reports and spoken presentations. Prior experience with technologies such as energy storage, marine energy, other renewable technologies, as well as systems integration issues is an advantage.


Basic Qualifications

Engineer III

Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience .

Engineer IV

Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Degree in electrical engineering; specialty in power systems or electrical machine design preferred

  • Experience conducting detailed analyses and performing hands-on testing for electric power systems and microgrids

  • Proficient at collecting electrical measurements, creating electrical diagrams, creating electrical models, and performing engineering studies using standard software packages for power systems analysis.

  • Proficient with electrical system simulation software.

  • Proficiency in engineering software such as Matlab, Simulink, Python and/or similar;

  • Detailed knowledge of electrical codes and standards.

  • Established publication record in peer-reviewed journals

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional engineer's license

  • Experience in design, management and implementation of real-world engineering projects

  • Understanding of renewable energy project development fundamentals

  • Experience with marine energy systems or other marine engineering applications.

  • Experience with design and analysis of low speed generators in both steady state and transient operation.

  • Experience designing and specifying power electronics systems for renewable energy generation systems.

  • Knowledge of the interaction of hydrological and electric grid, specifically connections related to grid planning, operations, and markets

  • Experience executing projects for government clients such as DOE or DoD

  • Experience deploying and validating distributed energy technologies and systems

  • Experience working for a utility or with distribution systems

  • Experience applying engineering skills to EE and renewable energy technologies

  • Ability to create and interpret electrical one-line diagrams, wiring diagrams, and plans.

  • Ability to manage projects according to budget, scope, and schedule

  • Ability to effectively communicate with and advise external clients.

  • Ability to collaborate with team members in a flexible work environment

  • Ability to work independently

  • High standards of work quality


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $73,900 - $133,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate's education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee's salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

  • Based on eligibility rules

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.


EEO Policy

NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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