Senior Researcher - Hybrid Systems Controls and Optimization
Company: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Posted on: November 22, 2021
Senior Researcher - Hybrid Systems Controls and Optimization
CO - Boulder
Hours Per Week
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NREL is seeking a senior researcher to design, optimize, and
analyze wind and hybrid power plants for the grid of the future.
This will feature integration of technologies such as wind, solar,
storage, and the grid. The researcher will develop novel
optimization and control strategies as well as integrated
technology models for designing and operating hybrid systems.
The researcher will need to deploy large-scale strategies such as
scalable discrete optimization for design and distributed
optimization and controls to operate these plants in real-time. The
researcher will use a variety of simulation tools including, HOPP
(Hybrid Optimization and Performance Platform), WISDEM (Wind-Plant
Integrated Systems Design and Engineering Model), SAM (System
Advisory Model), and OpenDSS (an electric power distribution system
This researcher is expected to demonstrate a broad understanding
and wide application of engineering principles, theories and
concepts as well as general knowledge of wind energy related
disciplines and applications. The researcher will work with a
variety of customers including the US Department of Energy wind
energy technology office. They will also work collaboratively with
other national laboratories, industry and the international
community and execute wind energy related engineering projects
The successful candidate will have excellent writing, interpersonal
and communication skills. The candidate will be expected to help
publish results in technical journals/conference proceedings and
present work at conferences, symposia, and sponsor review meetings.
They will also be expected to support the development of new work
proposals, preparations, and reviews.
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 . Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application
of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and
concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related
disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team,
task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in
management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and
Additional Required Qualifications
- The preferred candidate will have experience with wind and
wind-based hybrid energy system design and multi-disciplinary
- The preferred candidate will have experience with energy
modeling tools used within the wind industry e.g. HOPP, WISDEM,
SAM, OpenDSS, and have experience with the FORTRAN, C++ and Python
programming languages and be comfortable working in high
performance computing environments.
- The preferred candidate will be familiar with distributed
optimization and controls.
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,
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expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any),
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