NREL Senior Researcher - Wind Farm Modeling III in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Senior Researcher - Wind Farm Modeling III



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Wind Technology Center is seeking a research engineer to help execute projects related to wind energy modeling, model validation and uncertainty quantification, wind farm control and wind energy system design. The research engineer will perform simulations of wind farm interactions and wind turbine response using a variety of wind farm modeling tools. These modeling tools include high performance computing methods using large eddy simulation methods and reduced order models of wind turbine wakes and the atmospheric boundary layer. The engineer will perform validation and uncertainty quantification exercises using observations from the field. The engineer will use new basic understandings from these validation exercises to help improve models, design new concepts, help design and test wind farm control algorithms and inform optimization studies for improved wind energy extraction.

The successful candidate will collaborate with other NREL staff to carry out research in the following areas:

1) wake interactions between turbines within a wind farm environment

2) individual turbine response from the turbulent atmosphere, including blade aerodynamics and structural dynamics

3) development of publicly accessible validation benchmarks and databases

4) model development, validation and uncertainty qualification

5) wind energy system design and optimization including wind farm control.

This engineer 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 engineer will work with a wide variety of customers including the DOE wind energy technology office. They will also work collaboratively with other national laboratories, industry and the international community and execute wind related energy engineering projects worldwide.

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 review meetings. They will also be expected to support the development of new work proposals, preparations, and reviews.


Basic Qualifications

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 .


Additional Qualifications

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 communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with wind energy modeling tools used within the wind industry e.g. FAST, SOWFA, FLORIS, FAST.Farm and TurbSim.

  • Familiar with model verification and validation, including uncertainty quantification.

  • Extensive experience with computational fluid dynamics, including domain meshing.

  • Experience with wind energy system design, wind farm control and multi-disciplinary optimization.

Candidates with atmospheric science backgrounds but strong knowledge of wind engineering applications are also encouraged to apply.


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