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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Fellow in Solar Energy Meteorology and Grid Integration at UC San Diego

From Jan Kleissl <>
Date Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:24:05 -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 facilitate solar energy
grid integration through solar energy forecasting and power grid
modeling. The goal is to 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

Strong programming and data analysis skills are required. Experience
with one or several of the following would be beneficial:
Radiative transfer models (3DRTM).
Numerical weather prediction (WRF, data assimilation).
Marine stratocumulus meteorology.
Image processing (image segmentation, optical flow).
Electric power flow models (OpenDSS, quasi-steady state, optimization).

Forecasts of solar photovoltaic output will be generated for
minutes-ahead using sky imagers and hours and days-ahead using the
Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and grid impacts will be
modeled with OpenDSS (see related publications at The successful
candidate will work with colleagues at NREL, Sandia National Lab, DOE,
utilities, 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.
The postdoctoral fellow will have access to unique solar resource
databases and observatories such as 1-sec inverter-level output from
the 48 MW Copper Mountain Photovoltaic plant, a solar resource network
at UC San Diego including 9 pyranometers, two advanced UCSD sky
imagers, cloud speed sensors, a radiometer, an atmospheric profiler,
and various sky imager deployments in Oklahoma (ARM), Hawai'i, and

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.
Collaborative opportunities exist with the Scripps Institution of
Oceanography Center for Atmospheric Sciences, the research groups of
Profs. Coimbra and Arias-Castro.

To apply, please submit a short description of qualifications, CV
including list of peer-reviewed publications, and list of three
referees by March 15th 2014 to Further information
about the position can be obtained from Professor Jan Kleissl, Applications will be accepted until the position is

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