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Postdoctoral Researcher - Electricity Markets/Power Systems
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
NREL uses a variety of bulk power systems planning and operations tools to understand the evolution of domestic and international power systems. This position will work with a project manager to assist in technical analysis of international and domestic grid integration activities. The position will support a variety of modeling activities including production cost modeling and wholesale market design. The ideal candidate must have previous experience modeling power systems, and exceptional mathematics (including statistics), programming, and analysis skills. This position will require the successful candidate to participate in the development and execution of models, analysis of results, and publication of results in written reports and spoken presentations. Previous experience with technologies such as demand response, wind energy, solar energy, concentrating solar energy, distributed generation, and energy storage, as well as systems integration issues is a major plus. Qualified candidates must have previously published in at least one peer reviewed Journal.
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
- Demonstrated knowledge in power systems modeling or other relevant engineering systems modeling
- Demonstrated experience solving numerical scientific or engineering problems in a repeatable and/or extensible manner using programming languages such as or similar to Python, Matlab, R, C++, or Julia
- Exceptional written and spoken communication skills
- Knowledge or experience with power systems modeling tools such as PLEXOS, PROMOD, PSSE, PSLF, MATPOWER, etc.
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Interested in this job posting? Learn More about moving from Canada & adjusting to life in the United States from graduated Energy Council of Canada Energy Policy Fellow Gord Stephen! Gord Stephen is a power systems data engineer interested in using advanced computational methods to answer electricity policy questions. He is currently working to improve the laboratory’s understanding of capacity value in modern power systems and enjoys applying probabilistic systems modelling and optimization techniques to address network challenges. He maintains or contributes to several software packages for the Julia technical computing language. Before joining NREL, he worked in policy modelling and program development at Natural Resources Canada and with the Sustainable Energy Policy Group at the University of Waterloo.