Energy/Environmental Technology Researcher

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Research Professional
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BU-Bldg Technology Urban Systems
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101277 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Building Technologies (BT) Department, which creates and disseminates cutting-edge technologies aimed at propelling energy efficiency and enhancing load flexibility within buildings, has an opening for a Energy/Environmental Technology Researcher (EETR2) position. 

In this exciting role, you will provide technical expertise and scientific support in two research areas for development, implementation, and evaluation of (1) advanced FDD and control tools (including both model predictive control (MPC) and machine-learning) for building HVAC and district energy systems, and (2) modeling tools (Modelica-, FMI- and python-based) for central heating/cooling plants and heat pump/air conditioner equipment . The EETR2, with working knowledge in HVAC systems, and software development and distribution, will perform laboratory and field tests, and collaborate with multi-disciplinary research and development teams including researchers within and outside LBNL.

What You Will Do:

  • Independently investigate state-of-the-art algorithms and tools in the fields of FDD, MPC, optimization and machine learning.
  • Independently develop, distribute and manage HVAC simulation, FDD and advanced control tools for grid-interactive-efficient buildings using the Modelica, FMI standards, and/or python.
  • Evaluate the HVAC simulation, FDD & advanced control tool(s) using Modelica- and FMI-based simulation platform.
  • Deploy, implement and evaluate those tools at laboratory environment and field sites.
  • Under general direction, provide technical knowledge in the evaluation, distribution and management of heat pump/air conditioner equipment modeling tools for using the Modelica, FMI standards, and/or python.
  • Able to solve difficult technical issues and research problems in the field of building science.
  • Publish research results in journals.
  • Present findings at national and international conferences, and work with industry on testing and deploying the research.
  • Contribute to securing funding for the development of new control & equipment technologies for building and district HVAC systems.
  • Collaborate with the project team on developing central heating/cooling plant & heat pump/air conditioner equipment modeling tools and conducting psychrometric chamber tests.
  • Design and development of the test setup for experimental apparatus and controls to meet the research projects’ functional requirements.
  • Provide technical support to the PIs with experimental design and documentation.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • May supervise the software development and laboratory test activities of exempt and nonexempt personnel.

What is Required:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a master’s degree; or a PhD degree without experience; or equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in FDD, HVAC simulation, building sciences and controls.
  • Demonstrated experience of using a psychrometric chamber.
  • Demonstrated experience of implementing either FDD, MPC or machine learning based controls in real buildings.
  • Relevant experience developing mathematical models for building energy simulation.
  • Demonstrated strong skills in developing models in languages and simulators in the domain of building energy and control systems.
  • Strong knowledge of building and HVAC science for simulation.
  • Strong knowledge of programming languages, such as Modelica, Python and C/C++. 
  • Strong knowledge of HVAC systems and building controls.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Capable of working on multiple tasks and projects.
  • Able to solve complicated technical issues and research problems.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (such as M.S. or Ph.D.) in mechanical engineering, controls, computer science, architectural engineering or a related building science field.

Want to learn more about Berkeley Lab's Culture, Benefits and answers to FAQs? Please visit: https://recruiting.lbl.gov/

Notes:

  • This is a full-time, career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • The full salary range for this position is $96,192.00 - $162,336.00. The budgeted salary range that the Lab reasonably expects to pay for this position is $114,239.40 -$ 126,264.60. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, and certifications, and also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
Know your rights, click here for the supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law." and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.

 

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