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NREL Research Engineer II – Renewable Energy Power System Engineer in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Research Engineer II – Renewable Energy Power System Engineer



CO - Boulder


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is seeking an enthusiastic and innovative electrical engineer to join our grid integration team to operate and expand our cutting-edge research facilities. The NWTC operates a unique mix of multi-megawatt scale renewable resources for research purposes including wind turbines, photovoltaic plants, battery energy storage systems, and powertrain dynamometers on our site south of Boulder, Colorado. Team members work on a wide spectrum of research projects and activities ranging from complex instrumentation and control system design, to hands on system integration atop 90m wind turbine towers.

Job responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Apply sound judgment, NREL/DOE and industry standards to conduct work in safe manner.

  • With guidance, specify, design, and implement custom data acquisition and control systems based on National Instruments hardware and LabVIEW software.

  • Work with senior research staff and industry partners to develop and execute research validation (test) plans.

  • Collect, analyze, and report data from research projects. Contribute input for peer reviewed publications.

  • Troubleshoot, operate, and expand capabilities of complex research systems through the use of modeling and simulation tools (Matlab, Simulink, SEL RTAC, LabVIEW, Pscad, RTDS), and hardware/software development.

  • Work within a team of engineers, technicians and electricians to configure, commission, characterize and demobilize a wide variety wind, solar, storage, and other renewable energy systems.

  • Execute projects effectively and safely given long range directions with some oversight by determining or recommending technical approaches

Finally, the successful candidate will have familiarity with distributed control and data acquisition systems, and communication protocols (realtime operating systems, TCP/IP, UDP, SEL RTAC, PMU, Modbus, GPS synchronization, etc)


Basic Qualifications

Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field.

Or, Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field and 2 or more years of related experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • General knowledge and application of engineering technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques.

  • Training in team, task, or project leadership responsibilities.

  • Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques.

  • Beginning experience in project management.


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