NREL Postdoctoral Researcher – Solar Forecasting in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher – Solar Forecasting



CO - Golden


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

Job/Research Summary: The Sensing and Predicative Analytics group at NREL is looking for an accomplished and dynamic candidate with a positive attitude and excellent collaboration skills to join our cutting-edge research team to work on renewable energy forecasting. The ideal candidate will bring a strong track record in NWP based meteorological forecasting and data assimilation. The candidate should demonstrate research experience in, numerical weather modeling and data assimilation methods.

The successful candidate will be part of the Sensing and Predictive Analytics group under the Power Systems Engineering Center (PSEC) at NREL. PSEC supports the science and technology goals of the U.S. Department of Energy and NREL toward a sustainable energy future. The center works with the electricity industry to optimize strategies for effectively interconnecting renewable resources and emerging energy efficiency technologies in the existing electric power system. The center focuses on resolving grid integration barriers and providing improved control and management strategies for increased grid flexibility, consumer empowerment, and transportation electrification.

The job responsibilities include:

  • Work with senior staff on major projects as a key technical contributor

  • Provide reports on technical work and input to technical publications and presentations

  • Publish results in top technical journals and conference proceedings; present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings

  • Follow all Environment, Safety, and Health policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have a background and expertise in the following topics:

  • Experience in data assimilation and knowledge of 4-dimensional variational assimilation.

  • Proficiency in WRF and statistical modeling.

  • Proficiency in Fortran.

  • Knowledge of satellite remote sensing or radiative transfer concepts in all-weather conditions.

  • Proficiency in one or more of the following computer programming languages: IDL, Python, NCL, Matlab, R.

  • Proficiency in Linux platform preferably in a high performance computer environment


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