Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Solar Photovoltaic Module Postdoctoral Scholar. Solar power is quickly falling in price and now represents a cost-effective, scalable, and renewable source of energy. However, uncertainties and limitations in solar photovoltaic module lifetimes increase their financing costs and is currently a major barrier in expanding the deployment of solar energy. The Durable Module Materials consortium (DuraMat) is a multi-institution collaboration that seeks to bring together multiple disciplines and approaches in order to better estimate and control photovoltaic module lifetimes – ideally, leading to solar modules with guaranteed 50-year lifetimes. Such an advancement, it is believed, will rapidly accelerate the transition to renewable energy. Berkeley Lab leads the data analytics capability of DuraMat and is responsible for conducting data analysis and machine learning on a wide variety of data from simulations, laboratory experiments, accelerated testing studies, as well as large-scale historical data from field installations. The overall goal of each analysis is to understand some aspect of photovoltaic degradation, as well as to connect together the information from multiple sources.
The major responsibility of this role is to build and deploy large databases and apply data mining to better understand mechanisms of solar photovoltaic module failure. The position will involve building a data management system for materials science data collected by external collaborators for theoretical simulation data, external data from instrumentation, and solar module reliability data. You will build web-based toolkits for downloading, analyzing, and interactively exploring the data. You will develop data mining analyses to combine information from all data sets and reveal mechanisms and trends pertaining to why certain solar modules fail while others can last for decades.
What You Will Do:
Develop and maintain databases of materials data.
Develop and maintain online dashboards for interactively exploring materials data.
Develop and apply data mining and statistical learning methods to multiple data types to extract trends.
Write and contribute to a large software framework.
Write and publish papers.
What is Required:
Recent Ph.D. degree in related field (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or Chemistry).
Extremely high aptitude and desire for programming and building software infrastructure; object-oriented programming, databases (MongoDB preferred), software engineering practice (version control, unit testing, continuous integration). Preferred language of experience is Python.
Demonstrated ability or desire to learn data mining and data analysis.
Excellent communication skills that facilitate interdisciplinary work across multiple institutions.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Web development experience (HTML/CSS/JQuery, frameworks e.g. Flask and Plotly Dash).
Prior work in the field of solar photovoltaics is a plus.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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