Senior Research Scientist

Organization: 
NextEra Energy

WindLogics is the optimization and analytics team for the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. As part of NextEra Energy, we thrive on creating innovative forecasting and optimization solutions that change the industry for the better.

Location in MN: 
Metro
Posting Date: 
12/14/18
Closing Date: 
02/12/19
Job Type: 
Full Time
Salary: 
Depends on qualifications
Hours: 
40 hours
Primary Duties: 

Employees in this role will support the development and operations of our wind and solar generation assets. The role focuses on researching meteorological and climate influences on wind and solar generation, including forecasting techniques and applications. Individuals will provide scientific support to the wind and solar development and operational teams regarding challenges that arise in their workflow.

WindLogics is seeking a Senior Research Scientist as part of our energy system R&D team. As a division of NextEra Energy, we own and operate the U.S.-largest fleet of wind, solar, and storage. Energy systems are undergoing a rapid transition in generation, delivery, and control systems, both in terms of technology and customer relationships. We are at the leading edge in developing and dispatching a new breed of integrated resource solutions to utilities, cities and municipalities, and commercial and industrial entities; optimized to deliver benefits (savings, reliability, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions) tailored to the customer’s needs. We look at the inherent complexity of the energy system as an opportunity for those with the ability to envision new business models, backed up by the scientific and mathematical capabilities needed to execute on the vision.

  • The position is with the Science team in support of energy systems innovation. The person will participate in and lead small teams engaged in applied research; working on challenging, complex problems in a business setting.
  • The person will design and prototype algorithmic solutions to energy related scientific and engineering problems
  • The position will advise the Chief Scientist as well as WindLogics and NextEra management on research topics, analytical results, and scientific and energy industry advances. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Researches meteorological and climate influences, forecasting techniques, and applications in support of Wind and Solar generation fleets
  • Provides data and other findings to support the wind and solar development and operational teams
  • Advises the Chief Scientist as well as WindLogics and NextEra management on research topics, analytical results, and industry advances
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Experience: 
  • Masters in Physics or related physical science- Required
  • PhD in Physics or related physical science – Preferred.
  • Background in detailed analysis of complex systems involving large datasets, guided by physically-based conceptual models
  • Use of appropriate programming and scripting languages (R, Python, Julia, Fortran, etc.)
  • Innate curiosity about nearly everything
  • Ability to abstract a problem in such a way as to enable “cross-pollination” utilizing concepts and techniques from other fields

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