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NREL Vehicle Modeler—Advanced Powertrains and Commercial Vehicles III in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Vehicle Modeler—Advanced Powertrains and Commercial Vehicles III



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

Develop and apply advanced powertrain modeling techniques for conventional (baseline) and advanced technology vehicles—with particular emphasis on medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Advanced technologies of interest include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric, along with various connected and automated vehicle technologies. Work as part of a team to build and enhance complex simulation/analysis tools and integrated modeling frameworks to leverage large-scale real-world driving data-sets, grounded by current/historical validation data. Apply analysis tools to explore vehicle energy use and various supporting infrastructure implications for a range of potential future transportation system scenarios across a broad range of medium- and heavy-duty applications and/or vocational segments.

Additional activities may include:

  • Collaborating with NREL high-performance computing (HPC) scientists on topics such as machine learning/deep learning/reinforcement learning, distributed computing, and big data management/analytics.

  • Integrating core physics-based models to enable exploration of medium- and heavy-duty components and systems

  • Translating results into effective and influential communication products and tools tailored to client requests and audience requirements.

  • Helping to interface with project sponsors and producing high-quality publications, reports and research proposals.

  • Performing light-duty vehicle modeling and analysis as needed.


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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong collaboration skills—thrive working in a collaborative team environment but comfortable working independently when necessary.

  • Experience with vehicle and powertrain modeling, including component/subcomponent modeling and corresponding supporting data requirements.

  • Familiarity with developing multi-model, integrated frameworks

  • Comfort working with large datasets, performing energy analyses, critically assessing and distilling insights from experimental data and simulation results, and producing compelling visuals to highlight derived insights.

  • Familiarity with perspectives and considerations for relevant stakeholders—such as original equipment manufacturers, vehicle integrators, fleets, etc.

The ideal candidate would possess at least some of these additional qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Expertise using large datasets with advanced, high performance computing approaches

  • Expertise with relevant software modeling tools, scientific computing/programming languages, and demonstrated versatility with various tools and approaches.

  • Established base of industry, researcher and/or other relevant stakeholder contacts.

  • Experience both leading projects and directing work of junior contributors.

  • Strong undergraduate/graduate grade point average (GPA).

Please include all requested experience and qualification information on the uploaded PDF (or MS Word) copy of your resume.


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