NREL Data Engineer and Curator in Golden, Colorado
Data Engineer and Curator
CO - Golden
Hours Per Week
NREL conducts world-class energy research in the public interest. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, surrounded by grassland, and convenient to Denver, Boulder, and several suburbs, the NREL campus is a living experiment filled with curious researchers and advanced energy technologies (e.g., best-in-class energy efficiency, daylighting, MW-scale solar photovoltaics, buildings heated by waste heat from our in-house supercomputer, optimized electric vehicle charging, hydrogen fueling station).
The successful candidate will work as a data engineer/curator in Golden with an interdisciplinary team of experienced NREL researchers to create a harmonized data framework to be used and continually maintained by NREL and other grid systems modelers on a collaborative basis.
The successful candidate will (a) develop processes and software that empower NREL researchers to document, share, and update data sources related to modeling North American (and other) power grids in a more robust, collaborative, and repeatable manner; (b) assist with cleaning, curating, and analyzing these data in ways that are supportive of and add additional value to our world-class modeling efforts; and (c) internally publicize this resource and develop additional software tools that empower NREL analysts with varying programming skills to take full advantage of and to be able to contribute to these data products.
Organizationally, this position resides in the Data, Analytics, Tools, and Applications group (DATA) of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC). DATA, SEAC, and NREL more broadly are committed to fostering a creative, curiosity-driven, inclusive workplace, and to supporting and mentoring research staff as they progress from task execution to principal investigator and beyond.
PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering or related. Or, Master's Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering or related and 3 or more years of experience. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering or related 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 communication skills.
Data experience ( required )
Experience managing relational databases and writing high-performance SQL queries.
Experience managing and cleaning unstructured or otherwise disparate data sources (preferably using Python).
Experience in software- or data-product engineering and delivery to multiple stakeholders and interest groups.
Computer programming ( required )
Proficiency in at least one object-oriented language, e.g., Python, C++ or Java.
Computer programming ( desired )
Three or more years of experience collaboratively developing object-oriented software
Experience with version control systems (e.g., git, svn, or bitbucket)
Proficiency with multiple languages (e.g., some subset of Python, C++, Julia, Ruby, R, Java, Go, Pascal/Delphi, Matlab, Fortran 90, C#, C)
Science, engineering, mathematics ( required )
Undergraduate degree in science, engineering or mathematics
Coursework exposure to basic electrical engineering concepts and an interest in power systems/electrical grids
Experience visualizing and analyzing numerical data
Experience with computational models of complex systems
Science, engineering, mathematics, and economics/social science ( desired )
Coursework or experience in power system operational modeling (e.g., AC powerflow, unit commitment models, distribution system modeling)
M.S. or higher in software engineering, computer science, applied mathematics/statistics, or another engineering, science, or social science field with a significant database/computational modeling component.
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