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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Building Systems Operations Research Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312187

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group:Buildings and Connected Systems

Job Description

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group seeks a mid-level Building Operations Research Engineer to conduct research on building systems and operations performance and building controls optimization methods. The position will also provide technical support to facilitate technology transfer and market adoption by federal and commercial building operators. This position offers the opportunity to investigate, develop, and demonstrate novel methods for building energy and water system performance evaluation, with a strong focus on operations and maintenance and HVAC controls optimization. These efforts will support PNNL’s broader effort to establish Federal leadership in decarbonization and building optimization.

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 Group Leader, and Controls Optimization and Networking Team Leader, for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

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

  • Level II: Growing expertise through application science and engineering theories and developing technical approaches to solve challenges. Defines and leads small tasks/projects, reporting results on time and on budget. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Contributes to new project proposals. Leads elements of technical products, such as technical reports, journal articles, and presentations. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Takes a proactive and collaborative approach to problem-solving with the ability to work well on interdisciplinary teams.

  • Level III: Established expertise with specialization in at least area and makes key contributions to setting technical direction. Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting for projects or major tasks. Builds effective cross-disciplinary project teams. Generates ideas for new strategic project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of small to medium proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams. Mentors, growing the skills and inspiring commitment from others. Leads development of significant technical products, such as reports, journal articles, and conference papers. Establishing external reputation with professional communities and sponsors.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, PhD with no experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, PhD with 1 year of experience.

  • Degree in mechanical engineering, building sciences, electrical engineering, or related field.

  • Experience analyzing building- and campus-scale energy and water systems, including design, programming, commissioning, and operations and maintenance. Experience should include auditing (e.g. ASHRAE level 2 and use of whole-building modeling tools to identify retrofit opportunities; analysis of building control system data to optimize HVAC performance; use of diagnostic and prognostic methods to enable more timely and proactive operation and maintenance of building systems.

  • Practical experience recommending solutions to building owners and operators and implementing projects that improve building operations is preferred.

  • Basic programming skills for data analysis (e.g. Python, R)

  • A passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance the building systems efficiency and resilience through research and technology demonstration. Demonstrated innovation in building control system operations and emerging research challenges.

  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary teams (e.g. experts in mechanical systems, electrical systems, cyber security).

  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with sponsors.

  • Demonstrated ability to write concisely and clearly (technical writing sample required.)

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.

Other Information

  • Willingness to travel domestically 20% of time

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2021-06-02

Closing Date: 2021-07-02