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Job of the Week: Wind Energy Research Engineer at NREL

NREL in Boulder is seeking a Research Engineer for Wind Farm Modeling and Validation.

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. NREL is continuing an active research and development program for modeling of wind farm interactions and mesoscale dynamics within the National Wind Technology Center. This R&D program has an opening for one full-time engineer in wind farm modeling and mesoscale research. The engineer researcher will perform research with an inter-laboratory team responsible for accelerating the development of wind energy technology in the U.S. The scope of the research is focused on modeling of wind farms across a range of scales using high performance computational tools and validation of those tools using experimental observations. The research will also help inform the development of engineering methods for use by industry for wind farm design and operation.

The research engineer will apply, help improve and validate NREL high performance computing tools for wind farm interactions and mesoscale dynamics. The researcher will work with NREL researchers and those of other laboratories and industry to advance the level of understanding of key phenomena regarding mesoscale forcing, atmospheric stability, turbulence, vegetation, and terrain on structural loading and wake losses within wind farms. The researcher will use high performance computing tools to validate and improve more computationally efficient models to be used by industry. The researcher will also work with other NREL researchers to better understand application of advanced models for wind resource assessment.

The researcher will develop and perform creative new analyses, develop validation experiments to advance the state of the art for wind farm performance assessments and the siting of future wind plants. The researcher will also make presentations on project progress to sponsors and reviewers, write annual project reports, and publish research results in high impact peer-reviewed journals. The positions require experience in engineering or science with a strong background in one or more of the following areas: atmospheric science, research-grade computational fluid dynamics, turbulence and turbulence modeling, and experimental fluid mechanics. Knowledge of programming languages C++ and FORTRAN and parallel programming are also required. Familiarity with high-performance computing environments is required. It is expected that the applicant have a demonstrated ability to disseminate research findings in scholarly journals.

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