Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Building Performance Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308175

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)’s Buildings & Connected Systems Group is seeking an entry-level

Building Performance Engineer. The group performs applied research that drives energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and connected systems to provide economic, environmental, security, and societal benefits to the nation.

This position can be based at the Richland, WA main campus.

This position will include supporting a variety of tasks including field assessments, energy/water analysis, and solution development. The ideal candidate will have a passion for learning, innovation, and will bring a collaborative and creative approach to problem-solving. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Performing analyses of building energy and water performance using onsite and remote evaluation methods (e.g. onsite metering, data analysis using spreadsheets and building modeling tools).

  • Supporting the development of site-level solutions for energy- and water-efficiency and resilient buildings including load management, on-site generation, and storage (e.g. microgrids).

  • Developing technical approaches for assigned work, performing basic research and engineering tasks with minimal oversight.

  • Contributing to portions of technical reports, sponsor briefings, journal papers, and other scientific and technical products.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 0-1 years of experience

  • MS/MA with 0-1 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's in Mechanical Engineering, or related energy systems research field.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and experience with the ability to convey complex technical information accurately and connect with diverse technical and nontechnical audiences.

  • Proficiency in building energy modeling tools (e.g. eQUEST, Energy Plus, FEDS).

  • Experience in life-cycle cost analysis.

  • Experience working with the DoD or related federal agencies.

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

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • Must be a US citizen, have a valid driver’s license.

  • Must be able to pass a background check to obtain a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) and must be able to obtain a DoD security clearance to work with U.S. military installations.

  • Must be willing to travel domestically up to 25% of time.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Building & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2018-07-31

Closing Date: 2018-12-17