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 http://maeresearch.ucsd.edu/kleissl and http://solar.ucsd.edu.
University of California, San Diego
Center for Energy Research
Postdoctoral Researcher - Solar Energy Forecasting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org subject `Postdoc'. Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Jan Kleissl, email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.