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[Met-jobs] Postdoc in Solar Energy Meteorology at UC San Diego

From "Jan Kleissl" <>
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Date Wed, 23 May 2012 18:59:08 -0700

The Center for Energy Research, University of California, San Diego, is
seeking a 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 enable and
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 develop advanced meteorological models and
validate them in 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, NCAR, 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 June 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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