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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Fellows in Solar Energy Meteorology, Power Flow Modeling, and/or Optimization

From Jan Kleissl <jkleissl@eng.ucsd.edu>
To met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk
Date Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:46:16 -0800

Vacancy for Postdoctoral Fellow in Solar Energy Meteorology and Grid
Integration at UC San Diego

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 http://maeresearch.ucsd.edu/kleissl and
http://solar.ucsd.edu. 15 PhD students and two postdoc presently
conduct their research in the lab.

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
http://maeresearch.ucsd.edu/kleissl/pubs/pubs.html). 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 long-term sky imager deployments in Oklahoma (ARM), Hawai'i, and
California.

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, PBL schemes, data assimilation)
marine stratocumulus meteorology
image processing (cloudy / clear image segmentation, optical flow)
electric power flow models (OpenDSS, quasi-steady state)
Optimization of inverter or energy storage placement and operation

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 (Prof. Norris), and 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 February 28, 2015 to jkleissl@ucsd.edu. Further
information about the position can be obtained from Professor Jan
Kleissl, jkleissl@ucsd.edu. Applications will be accepted until the
position is filled.



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