Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Building Research Engineer - Richland, WA or Portland, OR in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307787

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Building Energy Regulatory & Analysis

Job Description

The Building Energy Research and Analysis Group within the Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently seeking a Building Energy Research Engineer. This position will assume a leading role in supporting the development, adoption, and compliance with residential and non-residential building energy codes. The successful candidate will be a proactive, highly motivated self-starter with expertise in building energy systems and the ability to significantly contribute to complex research projects.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

This position will include leading a variety of tasks involved in supporting PNNL’s building energy codes program. This includes use of building simulation tools for codes and standards development as well as other high performance building energy analyses. Use of EnergyPlus and OpenStudio simulation software and other analytical tools will be an expectation of this position. Additionally, this position may involve large scale building energy simulation analysis using data-oriented programming/scripting languages such as Ruby, R, Perl, and Python on Linux-based computer clusters. The project may involve research on energy efficiency, sustainable design practices, and carbon management strategies.

  • Serve as a technical contributor, task lead, PI, or Co-PI on multiple significant projects or tasks.

  • Shares results of research with project team members and to clients and diverse groups of stakeholders through public presentations.

  • Prepares technical reports and peer reviewed papers

  • Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level.

  • Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals.

  • Serves as a technical resource and mentor to staff across the group.

  • Participates in professional activities and establishing external collaborations.

This position can be based in either Richland, WA, or Portland, OR.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Building Sciences or related field with 5+ years’ experience, Master’s degree with 3+ years’ experience, or Ph.D. with at least 1 year relevant experience.

  • Ability to contribute professionally, building a professional reputation for technical expertise. Fully applying and interpreting standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies.

  • Strong English writing, presentation and interpersonal skills are required.

  • Expertise in energy efficiency strategies for building HVAC, lighting, and envelope systems, include design or complex analyses.

  • Experience using building energy modeling software such as DOE2 or EnergyPlus

  • Experience providing technical presentations to knowledgeable audiences

  • Ability to lead teams of technical researchers and manage tasks to meet budgets and deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Use of building simulation and other analytical tools to model building energy systems for high-efficiency residential and commercial buildings and for innovative technologies is highly desirable.

  • Experience developing research projects including proposal writing, securing project funding, working with or leading technical teams, and the ability to manage research tasks.

  • Experience applying engineering economics and cost estimating to demonstrate cost effectiveness of energy efficiency strategies

  • Experience developing technical requirements for building energy codes or standards

  • Experience with EnergyPlus simulation software

  • Experience applying statistical methods to research results

  • Experience with data-oriented programming/scripting languages and other computer software

  • Coursework in energy efficiency, energy-related systems, energy metering technology, energy systems analysis and modeling, building energy simulations, business, economics, water conservation, sustainable development/design, or environmental science

  • Experience designing and setting up building energy monitoring systems or laboratory and field experiments with data acquisition and processing

  • Building Energy Modeling Professional Certification

  • Building commissioning experience

  • Building energy auditing experience

  • Experience using energy simulation for code compliance or beyond code incentive programs such as LEED or utility programs.

  • Experience in software development

  • Must be willing to travel 10% of the time.

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

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Building Energy Research & Ana

Opening Date: 2018-05-17

Closing Date: 2018-07-26