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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Building Simulation Research Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311333

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)’s Building & Connected Systems (BCS) 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 is comprised of about 75 building research engineers, scientists, and program managers with diverse expertise in building mechanical systems, HVAC controls, data science and computer science, and core capabilities in building simulation, building performance evaluation and technology validation, building controls optimization and networking, and building data analytics.

The BCS Group is seeking a Post-Doctorate Research Associate to support the development, upgrade, and use of PNNL’s large-scale building energy modeling infrastructure and associated analytical tools for the following research areas

  • PNNL/DOE Residential and Commercial Prototype Building Models development in EnergyPlus and OpenStudio

  • Development of EnergyPlus and OpenStudio and their associated tools

  • National and regional building energy code upgrades, such as ASHRAE Standard 90.1, International Energy Efficiency Code, ASHRAE Standard 189.1

  • Energy impacts of building energy code compliance

  • Resilience of building energy systems

  • Grid interactive efficient building design and controls

  • Urban-scale building modeling for building-to-grid research

The term will be one year for position, at which point the candidate will be reviewed for potential conversation to a full-time employee.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Doctoral degree in related field with 0-2 years of experience.

  • Graduate degree in Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Building Sciences or related fields

  • Solid background knowledge in building physics and building energy systems

  • Experience in creating building energy simulation models in EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, or other similar software

  • Strong programming skills in Python, Ruby, C++, R, or Perl

  • Design or research experience in one or more of the building energy systems: building envelop, HVAC, lighting, controls, and service hot water.

  • Experience in working with Git repository

  • Development and implementation of containerized workflow for institutional high-performance computing or cloud computing

  • Experience in conducting field or laboratory measurements of building energy systems and indoor environment parameters preferred

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong research skills to support research projects

  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving in areas that do not have clear or established solutions or outcomes and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary and geographically distributed teams.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Controls Optimization & Networ

Opening Date: 2020-10-31

Closing Date: 2020-11-30