NREL Postdoctoral Researcher – Advanced Material and Structural Validation Methods for Wind and Marine Energy Systems in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Postdoctoral Researcher – Advanced Material and Structural Validation Methods for Wind and Marine Energy Systems



CO - Boulder


Position Type

Postdoc (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The position will support the development of advanced material and structural validation methods for wind and marine energy systems. Validation of full-scale wind turbine blades is increasingly complex and expensive considering the increasing size of blades and need to simulate the extreme environmental conditions experienced during field operation. Realizing a transition to component-based validation methods for wind turbine blades requires the implementation of advanced composite material and structural models. Development of marine energy systems is in a nascent state. Development of validation methods that support the growth of marine energy systems must evolve alongside emerging marine technologies. Development of validation methods that comprehensively and cost effectively validate both the unique demands of composite materials for marine applications and the complex system architecture of marine energy systems requires the development of an integrated design, analyze, and validate approach. The successful candidate will perform research studies on the development of materials and structural validation methods for composites operating in extreme environments and validation methods for large-scale composite structures. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and conducting laboratory research experiments at NREL’s NWTC. The body of work will inform, guide, and enable robust validation capabilities for both wind and marine energy systems.

Job Duties

Job activities will include:

  • Development of analytical and FEA models of wind and marine composite structures

  • Assessment of composite materials for extreme operating environments

  • Development and simulation of dynamic models for marine and wind structural validation methods

  • Development of subcomponent validation methods

  • Development of environmental validation methods

  • Scaling model studies

  • Hands-on design and performance of laboratory research validation

  • Data reduction and analysis

  • Creation of technical reports, conference publications, and journal articles

Additional Preferred Knowledge and Skills

Experience with technical software including MATLAB, Ansys, and IGOR.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications


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