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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307687

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 a Building Research Engineer to support its applied research on methods and technology solutions to enhance building performance in support of various federal agencies. The Buildings & Connected Systems 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. The group’s core research capabilities are in building performance evaluation, building control systems optimization and integration, and planning and execution of resilient building design and operations.

This position can be based at the Richland, WA main campus location or in Seattle, WA.

PNNL is seeking candidates with both practical experience analyzing building performance data as well as an understanding of and interest in advancing building systems theory. The ideal candidate will have a passion for learning, innovation, and the field of building performance, and will bring a collaborative and creative approach to problem-solving. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Performing audits and 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)

  • Partnering in the development of new and improved energy and water evaluation methods and tools.

  • Designing and recommending 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 2 years of experience, or an advanced degree.

  • U.S. Citizenship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related building systems research field.

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

  • Experience in life-cycle cost analysis.

  • Experience operating building energy management control systems.

  • Experience working with the DoD or related federal agencies.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to convey complex technical information accurately and connect with diverse technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Interest, curiosity and technical depth to support the development and advancement of applied problems specific to building operations and energy and water efficiency and resilience.

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: 2018-04-23

Closing Date: 2019-01-27