Post-doctoral Research Associate - Wind Power Energy Storage

 Immediate Opening
(Fall 2011)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Minnesota


Well-qualified candidates are sought to participate in interdisciplinary research on Compressed Air Energy Storage Approach for Off-Shore Wind Turbines. The research is a collaboration between University of Minnesota, University of Virginia and a California based industry partner. It is supported by a 4-year $2 million grant from the NSF-EFRI program that started in September 2010. The research will develop an efficient, quickly rampable, cost-effective and scalable energy storage concept that is localized to the wind turbine. By harvesting and storing wind energy that will otherwise be curtailed when the demand is low, and releasing it when demand exceeds supply, energy from wind can be made less intermittent, more reliable and more cost effective. This will help increase the usage of wind and reduce the reliance on non-renewable and polluting energy sources.


The Post-doctoral Research Associate position is open immediately. It entails leading in the systems integration and test-bed effort, helping coordinate and integrate the multi-faceted research program, mentoring graduate students, and assisting in preparing grant proposals for additional funding. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about leading an academic interdisciplinary research program.


Successful candidates will have a strong systems and control background and perspective, good understanding of fundamental engineering disciplines (heat transfer, machine design, fluid mechanics and power systems), will be able to go between theory, practice and hardware, and will have excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience with fluid power will be advantageous but can be picked up on the job. A PhD degree in a relevant field is expected. Duration of the position is 1-3 years, but the appointment will be renewed yearly based upon performance and availability of funds.

Official application to this position is available online with this link:

Please include a C.V. with names of at least 2 referees.

Feel free to contact Perry Li if you have any questions. Nominations of suitable candidates would be very welcome as well.


Prof. Perry Y. Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Minnesota

111 Church St. SE.,

Minneapolis, MN 55455



Telephone: 612-626-7815

Posted: 9/27/2011