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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Buildings Energy/Water Efficiency Research Engineer in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310624

Directorate: Energy and Environemnt

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings

Group: Buildings and Connected Systems

Job Description

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is looking for a mid-level Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency Research Engineer with a passion for innovation and a desire to work as part of a collaborative team solving national challenges in buildings research. The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of building energy and water efficiency, sustainable building design and operating principles, practical field experience evaluating buildings, and both experience and a strong interest in research and development.

This position offers the opportunity to:

  • Develop novel methods for building performance evaluation

  • Test energy equipment in onsite research facilities (e.g. environmental chambers)

  • Analyze real building efficiency performance using field assessments and building energy simulation tools to identify and model the impacts of retrofit measures

  • Apply advanced data analytic techniques

  • Perform field demonstrations of emerging technologies for building energy and water systems.

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

Level III: Contributes to the selection and development of technical approaches to buildings research challenges. Serves as a principal investigator on small to moderate sized projects and/or major tasks. Supports scoping, scheduling, budgeting, and execution of projects or tasks. Generates new ideas for proposals and support development of technical sections of those proposals. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self. Leads the development of technical products that help establish your external reputation and expertise, including technical reports, journal articles, and conference presentations. Builds external visibility through external engagement. Contributes ideas and approaches to optimize building energy research capabilities. Mentors junior staff and take on operational assignments.

Level IV: Selects and develops technical approaches to complex buildings research challenges by leveraging deep technical expertise and integrating diverse disciplines. Serves as a principal investigator on multiple or complex projects or tasks. Leads scoping, scheduling, budgeting, and execution of projects, including building effective cross-disciplinary teams. Generates new ideas and leads the development of significant new project opportunities and proposals. Acquires funding for self and others. Leads the development of significant technical products, including technical reports and journal articles, and conference presentations, which are recognized by sponsors and collaborators for their technical impact. Maintains external technical visibility through leadership roles in professional societies and engagement in in national meetings. Leads cross-organizational teams to identify and promote new capabilities that advance PNNL’s energy research strategy. Mentors staff and peers across the directorate.

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 Building Performance Evaluation Team Leader, for general staff performance and development, operational discipline (e.g., maintaining training qualifications, procedural compliance, safe operations), and project execution.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years’ relevant experience, Master’s degree with 3+ years’ experience, or Ph.D. with 1+ years’ experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, architectural engineering, building sciences, or a related field.

  • Practical experience conducting building energy and water system evaluations (e.g. ASHRAE level 2)

  • Knowledge of building HVAC equipment and systems.

  • Experience using building energy simulation (e.g. eQUEST, Energy Plus, FEDS) and other analysis tools.

  • Experience working with the federal agencies.

  • A passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance research into building energy and water efficiency and resilience to utility disruptions.

  • 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.

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.

Closing Statement

  • Must be a US citizen, have a valid driver’s license.

  • Must be able to pass a background check to obtain a Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) and must be able to obtain a DoD security clearance to work with U.S. military installations.

  • Willingness to travel up to 25% of time.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2020-03-23

Closing Date: 2020-04-22