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Postdoctoral Researcher Marine Energy Numerical Model and Analysis Engineer

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $71.3K - $117.6K

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  • You must have a recent PhD in engineering with ocean engineering training and experience in wave theory, reduced order numerical modeling, high-performance computing, fluid/structural dynamics, numerical method development, programming, and control systems development. Excellent communication skills are a must.
  • You will conduct research in ocean engineering using numerical models to design and optimize marine energy systems. Work with a team to develop high-fidelity CFD methods, simulate fluid-structure interaction, and publish findings.

Graduate Job

Research & DevelopmentBoulder


  • NREL’s 305-acre Flatirons Campus is the nation’s premier wind energy, water power, and grid integration research facility. Nestled south of Boulder, Colorado, and north of NREL’s main South Table Mountain campus, Flatirons sits adjacent to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and countless acres of open space and parks with stunning views of the Flatirons rock formations.From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
  • NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.


  • Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
  • Additional Required Qualifications:
  • The desired candidate will have:
  • A PhD in engineering with training in ocean engineering
  • Experience in wave theory and system dynamics
  • Experience in reduced order numerical modeling of marine energy systems using frequency domain approaches (e.g., WAMIT, Nemoh or AQWA) and time domain (i.e. Cummins Equation) simulation methods.
  • Experience with high-performance computing (e.g., OpenFOAM, StarCCM+ ANSYS Fluent, or Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics models), particularly in the area of modeling of wave and floating body interaction.
  • Experience in modeling the fluid and structural dynamics of floating marine energy devices or similar systems (e.g., offshore wind turbines)
  • Experience in numerical method development and knowledge of programming languages, including C++ , Python, Fortran and Matlab/Simulink.
  • Experience in the development of control systems with emphasis on ocean energy devices.
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL has an immediate job opening at it’s Flatirons Campus in Boulder, Colorado for a full time (40 hours per week) Postdoctoral Researcher with experience and training in ocean engineering and numerical modeling of wave and current energy systems.
  • The successful candidate must have experience developing or using high fidelity computational fluid dynamics (CFD, e.g., OpenFOAM) methods and/or reduced order numerical modeling tools (e.g., WEC-Sim or OpenFAST). The candidate will work with a team of engineers at NREL to carry out research in the following areas: 1) hydrodynamic modeling; 2) fluid structure interaction modeling; 3) system design and loads analysis; 4) numerical wave basin development; and 5) model verification and validation. The goal of this work is to develop, verify, and validate predictive numerical simulation tools that can be used to design and optimize marine energy systems.
  • The candidate will be expected to be involved in numerical modeling and simulations projects, work with the U.S. Department of Energy, other National Laboratories, and industry, publish research in technical journals, and to present work at conferences, symposia, and review meetings.


Work type

Full time

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71300 - 117600 USD