NREL Offshore Wind Engineer in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Offshore Wind Engineer



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking a self-motivated and independent Senior Research Analyst with experience in renewable energy systems. This cross-cutting analysis and modeling position has significant growth opportunities in the areas of technical cost modeling, wind and renewable energy market evaluation, and systems engineering analysis. The position’s primary responsibilities include the development, maintenance, and application of techno-economic modeling tools for independent evaluation of offshore wind cost and value assessments in US and global markets. An ability to lead and manage complex projects with a high profile is also expected.

This position will interface with other Senior Analysts and Engineers as well as Managers to address how research and development, new technologies, policies, and market forces could impact wind technology costs and deployment. The position will require independent problem solving and coordination with a multi-disciplined team of peers to advance the state-of-the-art capabilities of the laboratory. Work scope will be focused primarily on offshore wind power but may also include research in land-based wind and other renewable energy technologies.

Specific job activities are expected to include:

  • Development and application of techno-economic models to support the evaluation of R&D opportunities, technology advancement, and market opportunities across a range of potential market, deployment, and policy scenarios.

  • Application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to determine the opportunity or value of technology innovation in offshore and land-based wind power systems and components and to identify key variables and sensitivities

  • Use of geospatial tools to assess how location and infrastructure availability impact existing and potential future project costs.

  • Development and application of engineering models to approximate physical relationships of key cost variables

  • Coordination with internal and external partners to collect, generate, and screen primary input data to populate and inform techno-economic models, as well as work to integrate techno-economic capabilities into engineering models

  • Development and refinement of wind technology characterizations for related electric sector modeling and policy analysis work

  • Assessment of how the maturation and deployment of new technologies can impact markets and supply chains

  • Tracking emerging legislation and regulations and analyzing how they may impact wind technology costs and deployment

The successful candidate will be expected to publish results in technical journals/conference proceedings and to present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings. Development of new work proposals, preparations, and reviews for various external clients as well as management of research tasks including project planning, tracking and execution within specified budget guidelines is expected.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience . Applies extensive engineering technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines. Considered a technical resource. Demonstrates leadership in several areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications


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