Offshore Wind Techno-economic Project Lead
Company: National Renewable Energy Lab
Posted on: May 26, 2023
Offshore Wind Techno-economic Project Lead
CO - Boulder
Hours Per Week
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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. The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) and our Flatirons Campus has pioneered wind turbine components, systems, and modeling methods that have driven the industry's acceleration over the past 40 years.
The National Wind Technology Center is seeking a qualified candidate to help lead projects related to offshore wind energy techno-economic analysis. The candidate will work with NREL senior staff to scope and manage projects that will focus on evaluating costs, logistics, and impacts of offshore wind in various regions of the United States under various technology and infrastructure scenarios. Specific areas of interest for this work include all aspects of offshore wind economics and market analysis including but not limited to turbine and substructure design, balance of system costs, financing, grid, regulatory environment, infrastructure, and supply chain. The work will involve leading small teams of 2-3 junior analysts and guiding the research, results, and dissemination of the projects. The candidate will develop and enhance software models, either running the models or directing the work through junior analysts. The candidate will be expected to originate and develop internal and external funding proposals to conduct high impact research for the offshore wind industry. Finally, the candidate will be expected to lead the writing and quality management of technical publications and presentations to disseminate NREL's work to a wide audience.
Specific job duties include:
Leading small teams (2-3 people) engaged in techno-economic analyses of various aspects of offshore wind, including spatial cost analyses, supply chain assessments, technology evaluations, and installation/deployment logistics.
Tracking deliverables, budgets, and staff resources for specific projects.
Applying quantitative and qualitative research methods to determine the opportunity or value of technology innovation in offshore wind power systems and to identify key variables and sensitivities.
Interfacing with external partners and industry contacts to verify assumptions.
Conducting independent research to confirm methods and results.
Interpreting model results and validating them with market data and information
Briefing internal and external stakeholders on project status and results
Mentoring junior staff members
Publishing results in technical journals/conference proceedings and presenting work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings
Leading the development of new work proposals
Contribute to research activities in complementary fields, including land-based wind and green hydrogen.
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 .
*** Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.**
Additional Required Qualifications
- Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills and critical thinking.
- Demonstrated analytical skills
- Demonstrated ability to work constructively on an independent basis and on teams
- Demonstrated ability to collect, synthesize, and analyze data from a variety of differentsources
- Demonstrated ability to lead projects, including managing budgets, staff, and deliverables.
- Demonstrated ability to engage with stakeholders of high visibility projects
- Basic understanding of wind energy technology and economics; especially offshore wind.
- Previous experience with the offshore wind industry in a project development, research, or analysis setting
- Demonstrated abilities in creating or improving computational tools
- Awareness or experience with the offshore wind regulatory process
- Proficiency with programming languages, including Python, R, or Matlab
- Proficiency with version control software, such as GitHub
- Project management certification, training, or experience
- Proficiency in wind energy technology
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Researcher IV / Annual Salary Range: $93,100 - $167,600
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