Renewables Data Scientist
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Post Date: Nov 15, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Start Date: - n/a -
Salary: - n/a -
Location: US - Arizona - Scottsdale
Job Reference: 21701-en_US
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NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A Fortune 200 company, we create value through reliable and efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is available at Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.The Renewables Data Scientist will be responsible for developing programs and analytics to tackle problems related to the performance of utility scale solar (1 GW+) and wind power plants (2GW+) in order to maximize the value of these assets. The Renewables Data Scientist will use advanced knowledge of machine learning, data mining, and statistics to develop scalable programs and tools to improve performance and predictions of renewable power plants. As part of a small team, the Renewables Data Scientist will be called on to use skills and tools to create novel solutions to problems that do not have straightforward answers and collaborate with others to fill in gaps in knowledge of the team.Responsibilities:
    Maintain, monitor, and create internal solar and wind models utilized for performance analysis, lost energy calculations, failure prediction, and forecasting.Root cause analysis of underperformance of wind and or solar sites including gathering and filtering noisy data sets.Implement findings into actionable alarmsDevelop visualizations to communicate results of developed models to drive business decisionsImprove on existing automated data quality detection and reportingDevelop and implement a data management strategy for life of assetCreate documentation and user guides for current and future models.
 Qualifications Experience & Education
    MS degree in engineering discipline, computer science, statistics, mathematics or physics with significant exposure to scientific computing and algorithm development. PhD preferred.Minimum of two years of experience in scientific computing including developing, implementing, and analyzing algorithms in the industrial or academic settingTwo years of experience explaining techinical concepts to non-experts in both written and verbal communicationTwo years of experience working with complex data sets, including multi-dimensional dataExpert level command of a computational programming language, such as Python, R, or MatLabPython proficiencySQL proficiency
    Experience applying scientific computing concepts to real-world data sets preferredExperience developing and deploying database architectures preferredExperience in software development and code base maintenance for small teams preferredAdvanced understanding of PV System Modeling preferredBasic understanding of renewable power plants and grid integration preferred
 Required Skills:Behavioral:
    Ability to coordinate multiple activities and ensure safety, quality and schedule adherenance.Ability to take direction, identify problems, develop solutions, conduct analysis independently and in collaboration with othersAbility to work in difficult customer situations and communicate clearly and accurately via verbal and written methodsAbility to work in a high stress environment where decisions directly impact personnel safety and equipment reliabilityMust be data driven
    Proficient computer skills using MS Excel, MS Project, MS Word, and OutlookTechnical writing skills

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.  To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability
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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.Official description on file with Human Resources