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Postdoctoral Researcher - Offshore Computer Modeler

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Colorado - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 23/12/2011
Company Name NREL
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Postdoctoral Researcher - Offshore Computer Modeler
Golden, CO
Postdoctoral Researcher
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL's National Wind Technology Center has an immediate need for a fulltime Postdoctoral Researcher to support the DOE Wind and Hydro Power Program through the verification and validation of FAST, a coupled structural-aerodynamic-hydrodynamic modeling tool under development for the analysis of offshore wind turbine systems. This Postdoctoral position will work closely with NREL senior staff to modify and run FAST to estimate the performance, loads, and dynamic behavior of innovative offshore energy systems. The candidate will then compare simulated results from FAST to other modeling tool results, and to field test data, to assess the accuracy and applicability of the physical modeling assumptions used within FAST. The assignment is for one year with possible renewal for up to three years.
1. Develop and run models of land-based and floating offshore wind turbine concepts in FAST.
2. Modify FAST to expand applicability for a range of possible systems.
3. Analyze field test data to characterize system responses and to identify possible measurement anomalies.
4. Validate modeling assumptions in FAST using available test data. 
5. Verify modeling assumptions in FAST through code-to-code comparison efforts.
6. Work closely with NREL’s design codes, systems analysis, and ocean energy teams.
7. Document and present research results at professional conferences and in peer reviewed journals.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
PhD degree in mechanical engineering, or related discipline. Demonstrated experience with mathematical modeling, numerical techniques, and computer programming in the Fortran and/or C++ language. Working knowledge of technical disciplines important to offshore wind energy systems including fluid dynamics (rotor aerodynamics and wave-body hydrodynamics) and structural dynamics. Effective interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
Relevant engineering and/or R&D experience. Experience in wind energy engineering, moorings, control systems, electrical power systems, machine design, naval architechture, and energy conversion.
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