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Post Doc Research Associate - - Building Energy Simulation Engineer

The Buildings & Connected Systems Group at PNNL is seeking a Post-Doctorate Research Associate with a focus on building energy simulation to support the development and use of PNNL’s large-scale building energy modeling infrastructure and associated analytical tools for research areas including:
  • Residential and Commercial Prototype Building Models development in EnergyPlus and OpenStudio
  • Development / Enhancement of the EnergyPlus and OpenStudio platforms and their associated tools
  • National and regional building energy code upgrades, such as ASHRAE Standard 90.1, International Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE Standard 189.1
  • Energy impacts of building energy code compliance
  • Resilience of building energy systems
  • Grid-interactive efficient building design and controls
  • Urban-scale building modeling for building-to-grid research
The term will be one year for position, at which point the candidate will be reviewed for potential conversion to a full-time employee.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in related field with 0-2 years of experience.
  • Graduate degree in Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Building Sciences or related fields
  • Solid background knowledge in building physics and building energy systems
  • Experience in creating building energy simulation models in EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, or other similar software
  • Strong programming skills in Python, Ruby, C++, R, or Perl
  • Experience in developing building energy modeling software, such as EnergyPlus and OpenStudio
  • Design or research experience in one or more of the building energy systems: building envelope, HVAC, lighting, controls, and service hot water.
  • Experience working collaboratively with Git repository
  • Development and implementation of containerized workflow for institutional high-performance computing or cloud computing
  • Experience in conducting field or laboratory measurements of building energy systems and indoor environment parameters
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills to support research projects
  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving in areas that do not have clear or established solutions or outcomes and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary and geographically distributed teams.

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information
PNNL’s Buildings & Connected Systems Group performs applied research to enhance the energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and their connected energy and water systems. Our core research capabilities span building energy simulation, building performance evaluation, building control system optimization, and site-level assessment and planning for energy and water resilience. We work closely with over 300 subject matter experts across the broader Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division to support the Nation’s transition to a sustainable, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through innovation and actionable solutions.