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NREL Wind Resource Modeling and Characterization Researcher III in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Wind Resource Modeling and Characterization Researcher III



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Wind Technology Center is seeking an atmospheric scientist to contribute to state-of-the-art wind resource modeling, characterization, and validation conducted at NREL. Offshore wind resource characterization will be a particular focus of this position. Given the emergence of the offshore wind industry in the United States, there is an urgent need for accurate mesoscale modeling of the resource and the validation of those models using available offshore observations.

The candidate will conduct research and provide leadership in the following areas:

  • Mesoscale modeling of atmospheric variables relevant to wind energy, including wind speed, wind direction, atmospheric stability, and turbulence using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model

  • Sensitivity analyses of WRF output to different model inputs, setups, and parameterizations

  • Gathering, processing, and quality-control of observational measurements

  • Validation of WRF model output using observational data

  • Uncertainty quantification of the mesoscale wind resource

This scientist is expected to demonstrate a broad understanding and wide application of atmospheric principles, theories and concepts as well as general knowledge of wind energy related disciplines and applications. The scientist will be involved in strategic development of the wind resource characterization program and work with a wide variety of customers including the DOE energy technology programs and the wind industry.

The successful candidate will have excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills. The candidate will be expected to publish results

in high impact technical journals 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.

The preferred candidate will have experience with mesoscale modeling tools used for wind resource characterization by the wind industry, namely WRF. The preferred candidate will have expertise in atmospheric observational platforms and data analysis techniques for buoy-, tower-, and remote sensing-based measurements. The preferred candidate will be familiar with resource assessment, forecasting, and energy assessment processes used by the wind industry, including the data analysis and uncertainty processes. Experience in leading large projects will be an advantage


Basic Qualifications

PhD in Engineering, Science, Math or related Or, Master's Degree in Engineering, Science, Math or related and 3 or more years of research experience. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Science, Math or related and 5 or more years of research experience.


Additional Qualifications

Demonstrates complete understanding and wide application of scientific technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field.

Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.

Demonstrated experience in management of projects.

Very good technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in the field of wind energy meteorology

  • Expertise in using and validating the WRF mesoscale model

  • Expertise in a Linux-based high-performance computing environment

  • Proficiency in Unix, Perl and Python scripting languages

  • Proficiency in GitHub for collaborative software development

  • Experience in processing and analyzing observed and modeled atmospheric data, including data from meteorological towers, remote sensing instrumentation, reanalysis products, and mesoscale models

  • Experience working within or in collaboration with the wind energy industry

  • Track record of publications in high impact factor journals


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