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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Building Energy Efficiency Engineer/Scientist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312188

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group:Energy Policy and Economics

Job Description

The Energy Efficiency Applications Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a building energy efficiency engineer, scientist, architect or analyst as a technical contributor and potential task leader on a growing team of engineers and researchers.

This position offers the opportunity for a broad range of involvement in activities including researching, developing, and demonstrating emerging technologies for the residential building sector. The position will also involve communication with scientists and engineers at DOE and its national laboratories, with consultants and academics at utility and market transformation organizations, with manufacturers and trade organizations, and with all facets of the supply chain and market, including consumers. The primary client is the U.S. Department of Energy, and secondary clients may include other agencies, state governments, utilities, regional energy efficiency organizations, and private organizations. The position requires strong communication skills and the ability to work with federal agencies, states, regional energy efficiency organizations, trade groups, utilities, and other energy efficiency stakeholders.

The person in this position will work in a team environment to support and lead tasks that are required to be completed on time and within budget. There will be direct interface with clients and their subcontractors to gather data, plan, and implement activities. At times travel requirements may be as high as 25%.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the planning and delivery of outreach and engagement opportunities, including expert meetings, workshops and industry conferences.

  • Contribute to technical reports and white papers, progress reports, case studies, and technical presentations to critical stakeholders and external audiences.

  • Prepare content for web sites, blogs, and other electronic forms of communication.

  • Interact with our Department of Energy (DOE) sponsors, PNNL staff and management, collaborators, and stakeholders in an informed, courteous and professional manner.

  • Write and orally present information in a public setting.

  • Plan and manage work contributions to effectively meet task budget, schedule, deliverable, and quality assurance requirements and will report results to project managers and clients, as required.

  • Contribute to and/or lead proposals to funding organizations.

  • Travel to attend conferences and present results of work in a variety of forums, support relevant public education forums and webinars, in meetings with DOE and other national laboratories, in PNNL internal meetings, and in stakeholder meetings. In addition, travel could include field work related to conducting energy efficiency research in residential homes.

This successful candidate ideally would have experience either:

  • Conducting field and/or laboratory studies of emerging technologies, such as advanced wall system retrofit approaches, window technologies, heat pump water heaters and HVAC.

  • Supporting analysis and stakeholder engagement with technology development challenges and campaigns sponsored by the Department of Energy to incentivize market development and adoption of energy efficient building technologies, developing materials for training programs, building science best practices for an installer audience and consumer education.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Building Energy Efficiency Engineer – Level II

Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Building networks at a local and capability level. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Mentoring junior staff and students.

B uilding Energy Efficiency Engineer – Level III

Established local reputation with specialization in at least one S&E domain. Making key contributions in setting technical direction. Developing and optimizing capabilities at the division level. Developing external reputation. Building effective project teams with membership across a group, S&E domain and/or directorate. Contributing to the local organization through mentorship of junior staff and taking on operational assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. degree with 2+ years of experience, M.S. degree with 0-2 years of experience, Ph.D with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • B.S. degree with 5+ years of experience, M.S. degree and 3+ years of experience, Ph.D with 1+ year of experience

  • Prefer Master’s or Ph.D degree in building systems, mechanical engineering, architecture or sustainable building systems and at least 2 years’ experience in project management and stakeholder engagement.

  • Experience working on energy efficiency projects applicable to residential buildings.

  • Strong analytical skills, experience with energy codes or energy analysis approaches and software packages, and/or experience with programs that develop and promote technologies and best practices for energy efficiency are a plus.

  • Previous experience in the energy efficiency and or electricity infrastructure industry and may have experience working for or with energy efficiency, utilities, architecture/engineering firms, code enforcement offices, state/local government, regional energy efficiency organizations, research organizations, universities, or others who operate in the residential construction and renovation industries. Strong understanding of the roles of each of these types of organizations.

  • Solid education or experience in building science fundamentals, building energy efficiency, building life-cycle analysis or other related topics.

  • Experience planning, managing, executing, and reporting on technical projects.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Closing Statement

  • Travel up to 25%

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Opening Date: 2021-06-01

Closing Date: 2021-06-22