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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Water Efficiency & Resilience Engineer (Level 2) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309455

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastruture & Buildings

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Job Description

About Us

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution tackling some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment, and national security. PNNL’s Buildings & Connected Systems Group performs applied research to that drives energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and their connected energy and water systems. We are a mission-driven organization providing economic, environmental, security, and societal benefits to the nation by applying our core research capabilities in building energy simulation, building performance evaluation, building control system optimization, and site/campus energy and water resilience.

The Position

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group seeks a Water Efficiency & Resilience Engineer to support research, development, and deployment of solutions that make federal buildings and sites (e.g. campuses, installations) more water- and energy-resilient. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists who do applied research on building performance evaluation, control systems optimization and integration, and planning for assured access and efficient use of water and energy resources. The candidate will specifically be responsible for assessing building equipment and infrastructure with respect to water efficiency and security, developing solutions that assure water resource availability for critical end uses on large campuses/sites, and supporting the development and dissemination of tools and training to enable broad adoption of efficiency measures and assessment methods. This will involve leveraging existing approaches tools and assisting in the development of new methodologies and tools. While position requires water system expertise, candidates with energy system expertise as well are desired.

Specific performance expectations include:

  • Applying science and engineering theories and developing technical approaches to solve building and campus water efficiency and resilience research challenges through water (and energy) system modeling and end-use analysis and lifecycle-cost analysis.

  • Executing tasks independently or with limited guidance on new assignments; leading small tasks and executing within budget and timeframes allotted.

  • Contributing to technical products, such as technical reports and journal articles, and presenting work at conferences, training workshops, and other technical forums.

  • Teaming with staff across the group and division to share resources and optimize approaches.

  • Contributing to the development of proposals for business and capability development opportunities.

  • Traveling domestically up to 25% time to perform field assessments and test technical approaches.

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 Technical Group Manager, and Building Energy Simulation Team Lead, for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a technically relevant discipline (i.e. civil engineer, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, environmental scientist or engineer) and 2+ years of experience; or, an advanced degree

  • U.S. citizenship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate in a technically relevant discipline (i.e. civil engineer, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, environmental scientist or engineer) and 2+ years of experience

  • A passion for learning and innovation

  • Strong English writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills

  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary teams

  • Demonstrated knowledge of approaches to conserve and optimize water resource use in buildings and on campuses, as well as operation of upstream water utility infrastructure

  • Fundamental knowledge of engineering principals related to building water systems and end-uses (e.g. cooling towers, plumbing, process water uses), water distribution systems, and water and wastewater treatment infrastructure, and the ability to assess such systems

  • Experience with building energy systems a plus

  • Experience in software development a plus

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: Bldgs & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2019-06-11

Closing Date: 2019-08-10