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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters Research Associate - Building Efficiency Research Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310634

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 research engineers, scientists, and program managers with diverse expertise in building mechanical systems, HVAC controls, data science and computer science. The group’s core capabilities include building energy simulation, building energy and water performance evaluation and technology validation, building controls optimization and networking, and building data analytics.

The BCS Group is seeking a Post Masters Research Associate to support its research into building energy and water efficiency.This candidate will contribute to a variety of tasks including field assessments of building energy and water systems and associated site infrastructure; use of whole-building modeling and other tools to analyze building performance; lifecycle-cost analysis of building retrofit measures; and identification of solutions to improve performance. The candidate will also support the development and demonstration of new technologies, tools, and assessment methods that enable more efficient commercial building performance.

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 Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Building Sciences or related field

  • Knowledgeable of building HVAC equipment and systems.

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

  • Programming skills (e.g. Visual Basic .NET)

  • 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 and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary and geographically distributed teams.

  • Master’s degree in related field with 0-2 years of experience.

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: Buildings & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2020-03-09

Closing Date: 2020-04-08