Research Engineer – Wind/Water/Solar Generator Modeler
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO

About $72,000 - $95,000 a year

Posting Title

Research Engineer – Wind/Water/Solar Generator Modeler


CO - Golden

Position Type


Hours Per Week


Job Description
As a member of the Integrated Devices and Systems (IDS) research staff within the Power System Engineering Center (PSEC) the successful candidate will conduct high-quality research in the area of wind, water and solar generators and plants. Models of immediate interest include improved models for these renewable generator sources for both single and multiple (i.e. plant-level) generators. The ability to develop accurate models at multiple time levels and for use in multiple applications is required. For example, models of interest include dynamic models in PSLF and PSS/E, models for short circuit contribution estimation and highly detailed models to characterize transient behavior (e.g. PSCAD).

The successful candidate is expected to fully participate in the IDS team and other relevant teams within PSEC and the National Wind Technology Center. Being able to work on multiple projects with multiple renewable technologies is critical for this position. Further, completed work is expected to be published in high-quality journals and conferences. The successful candidate will also follow all Environment, Safety, and Health policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment.


Basic Qualifications
PhD in engineering

Or, Master's Degree in engineering and 3 or more years of experience

Or, Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience

Additional Qualifications
Must be a recent Ph.D. graduate in electrical engineering (or similar) within the last three years.

Preferred Qualifications:
Recent postdoc experience with a focus on applied research
Advanced knowledge and experience with modeling rotating machinery
Advanced knowledge of power system operations and modeling needs
Prior experience with DOE EERE technology offices (WPTO, WETO, SETO, etc.)
Experience modeling both single and plant-level renewable energy systems
Existing track record of high-quality publications
Excellent writing and communications skills
Ability to present technical results to a wide audience
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


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