February 2012
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[Met-jobs] Postdoc in Solar Forecasting / Solar Energy Grid Integration at UC San Diego

From "Jan Kleissl" <>
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Date Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:34:55 -0800

The Center for Energy Research, University of California, San Diego, is
seeking one highly qualified scientist as postdoctoral researcher starting
immediately. The position is part of Department of Energy (DOE), California
Energy Commission (CEC), and California Public Utilities Commission (CSI)
funded projects to study solar energy grid integration and solar energy
forecasting. The goal is avoid or reduce integration costs of high
penetration of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems into the electric grid.
Further information about the Kleissl Solar Resources and Forecasting Lab
can be found at and

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct analysis of data from a unique solar
resource observatories throughout California, at the 48 MW Copper Mountain
Photovoltaic plant, and at UC San Diego. Forecasts of PV output will be
generated using sky imaging instruments and the Weather Research and
Forecasting (WRF) model with a focus on image processing, radiative
transfer, and data assimilation. The successful candidate will work with
colleagues at NREL, Sandia National Lab, DOE, and industry on joint projects
and present at national and international conferences such as IEEE Power
Engineering Society, American Solar Energy Society, and American
Meteorological Society.

Strong programming skills (preferably MATLAB) are required. Experience with
one or several of the following would be beneficial: radiative transfer
models, satellite remote sensing, data assimilation, numerical weather
prediction, solar or meteorological measurements, electric power flow
models. Applicants should hold a PhD degree in a relevant discipline
(atmospheric science, meteorology, physics, environmental, electrical, or
mechanical engineering) that was conferred no more than 4 years ago or have
submitted their thesis at the time of appointment.

To apply, please submit a short description of qualifications, CV including
list of publications, and list of three referees by April 15 2012 to subject `Postdoc'. Further information about the position
can be obtained from Professor Jan Kleissl, Applications
will be accepted until the position is filled.

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