Postdoctoral Researcher - Energy & Water System Modeling

Industry: Life Sciences & Research


Not Specified years

Posted 341 days ago

Job Summary

The Forecasting and Modeling Group within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in energy, and/or water system modeling and policy analysis to join a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team of analysts and modelers developing and applying state-of-the art infrastructure system models to conduct leading-edge analyses. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The successful candidate would join a group of researchers developing a new class of multi-sector infrastructure models to explore emerging challenges at the nexus of energy, land, and water resources.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Policy, Market, and Technology Analysis:

  • Contribute to a portfolio of scenario analyses evaluating the impacts of policies, technology change, and market design on infrastructure system evolution and operations,
  • Design scenario ensembles for analysis projects, execute scenarios, and digest and interpret results for reporting,
  • Present work at conferences,
  • Write and publish results of analyses in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports,
  • Assist in the development of proposals for new work,
  • Help maintain relationships with professional peers from the Department of Energy, other National Labs, industry groups, state regulatory agencies, and academia, in order to identify key collaborations, and to obtain comments, suggestions, and critical reviews of ongoing analyses

Model development:

  • Develop and implement new advanced methods for infrastructure system modeling,
  • Research rules, trends, and issues in system planning and operation—e.g. energy and environmental policies, utility system planning, renewable energy integration, emissions restrictions—and consider how to implement them into infrastructure system models,
  • Implement new structures and algorithms into models,
  • Undertake quality control to ensure the modifications are working appropriately,
  • Develop new data architectures to generically and flexibly describe infrastructure systems,
  • Acquire relevant data, evaluate for quality, process into a structure that is useful to the model,
  • Collaborate with analysts working on other modeling teams to relate inputs and outputs across models.

Additional Required Knowledge & Skills

  • At least 3 years of experience in developing and applying computational models of infrastructure systems (such as economic, energy, or water infrastructure models) and/or related markets,
  • Significant experience with applied optimization and simulation techniques,
  • Demonstrated strong computer programming skills including languages relevant to model development, optimization, and database analysis (Preferredlanguages: Julia, Python),
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Good knowledge of water delivery systems and related policy and regulatory issues.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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