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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Building Energy Research Engineer in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309688

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Building

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 to buidings our core research capabilities in energy simulation, performance evaluation, control system optimization, distributed energy and water system integration, and data analytics.

The Position

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group seeks a senior Building Energy Research Engineer with expertise in building energy simulation and modeling. This position provides the opportunity to assume a leading role supporting development, adoption, and compliance with residential and non-residential building energy codes, and the transition of energy codes from prescriptive to performance basis. This may include:

  • use of building simulation tools, including EnergyPlus and OpenStudieo simulation software, for codes and standards development

  • other types of energy data, engineering and economic analysis of high performance buildings.

  • design and analysis of technology testing and demonstration experiments

  • oversight of the development of software and simulation rulesets for rating the energy performance of buildings

  • large-scale building energy simulation analysis using data-oriented programming / scripting languages.

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 building research challenges through building energy modeling,. 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. Demonstrate 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. Mentor junior staff and take on operational assignments.

Level IV : Selects and develops technical approaches to complex building research challenges through building energy modeling, economic analysis, and design and analysis of technology testing and demonstration experiments. 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 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

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 with in Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Building Sciences or related field

  • Advanced skill in building energy and control system simulation with experience using EnergyPlus, DOE2, or similar modeling software

  • Experience using building simulation and other analytical tools to model innovative technologies and energy efficiency strategies for building HVAC, lighting, and envelope systems in residential and commercial buildings

  • Experience developing and managing research projects including proposal writing, securing project funding, and leading technical teams.

  • Experience applying engineering economics and cost estimating to demonstrate cost effectiveness of energy efficiency strategies

  • Experience developing technical requirements for building energy codes or standards and/or using energy simulation for code compliance or beyond code incentive programs such as LEED or utility programs

  • Experience in the use or development of building performance rating methods such as ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G Performance Rating Method.

  • Experience delivering presentations and the ability to convey technical information to both technical and nontechnical audiences

  • Experience applying statistical methods to research results

  • Building commissioning and energy auditing experience

  • Experience with data-oriented programming/scripting languages such as Ruby, R, Perl, and Python on Linux-based computer clusters

  • Experience in software development

  • Building Energy Modeling Professional Certification

  • Excellent verbal and written communiation skills in English

  • A proactive and collaborative approach to problem-solving with the abilty to work well on interdisciplinary teams

  • A passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance the building sciences domain through improvements in energy efficiency

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: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Bldgs & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2019-08-13

Closing Date: 2019-08-19