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Post-doctoral position opening in control, co-design, and optimization of wind turbines
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, United States
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The Pao Research Group in the Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering (ECEE) Department at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is seeking an outstanding PostDoctoral Researcher! The successful candidate will work on the development and validation of controllers as well as the co-design and optimization for multi-megawatt wind turbines, with possible extension of the ideas to other application areas such as atomic force microscopy. Our currently funded projects include those on the topics of control design as well as co-design and optimization for a 25-megawatt downwind (fixed-bottom) turbine and a 10-megawatt wind turbine on a lightweight floating platform. We also have a pending proposal on control design as well as co-design and optimization for atomic force microscopy.

The successful postdoc will be expected to work on two of our funded projects, where the postdoc will have some choice on the particular projects on which they will work. Since most of our projects are joint with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), it is expected that at least one project that the postdoc works on will be joint with NREL and thus the applicant must meet requirements to gain site access at NREL. Familiarity with issues related to the control, design, and simulation of wind turbines and/or floating structures and with NREL-developed software tools for evaluating wind turbine control algorithms will be beneficial, as will leadership and mentoring skills.

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment.

The start date for this position is anticipated to be as early as May 1, 2021 and preferably no later than September 1, 2021. The initial appointment will be for 12 months, and can potentially be renewed for an additional 12 months.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.

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Completed applications received by February 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through the above website.