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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Building Research Engineer 1 in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308818

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Building & Connected Sytems

Job Description

About Us

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution tackling some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment, and national security. PNNL’s Buildings & Connected Systems (BCS) Group performs applied research to enhance the energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and their connected energy and water systems. Our core research capabilities span building energy simulation, building performance evaluation, building control system optimization, and site-level assessment and planning for energy and water resilience.

The Position

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group seeks an entry-level Building Research Engineer to support its research on building performance evaluation. This candidate will support a variety of tasks including, field assessments of building energy and water systems and associated site infrastructure, use of modeling and other tools to analyze building performance, identification of solutions to improve performance. The candidate will support the development and demonstration of new technologies, tools, and assessment methods that enable more efficient commercial building performance.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Applying science and engineering theories and developing technical approaches to solve building performance research challenges through:

  • Building energy and water use data analysis

  • Whole-building energy modeling

  • Lifecycle-cost analysis of building retrofit measures

  • Deploying instrumentation and gathering and analyzing data to support technology field demonstrations.

  • Executing tasks under the guidance on senior staff, within budget and timeframes allotted.

  • Contributing to technical products, such as technical reports and journal articles, and presenting at conferences and technical forums.

  • Teaming with staff across the group and division to share resources and optimize approaches.

The successful candidate will be accountable to:

  • Project and/or Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project and field procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget;

  • The Buildings & Connected Systems Technical Group Manager, and Building Performance Evaluation Team Lead, for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

About You

You will bring to this position:

  • Academic training in engineering.

  • Practical experience conducting building energy evaluations or audits, and using building energy modeling (e.g. eQUEST, Energy Plus, FEDS) or other analysis tools.

  • A passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance the building sciences domain through improvements in energy and water efficiency.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical information effectively to technical and nontechnical audiences.

  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering with 0-1 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, energy systems, or a related engineering field.

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

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Other Information

  • 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.

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of time.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Bldgs & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2019-01-18

Closing Date: 2019-04-29