Buildings Energy Modeling Engineer in Washington

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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) 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.
The Buildings & Connected Systems Group seeks a mid-level Building Energy Modeling Engineer (Level 2 or 3) to support the development, upgrade, and use of PNNL’s large-scale building energy modeling infrastructure and associated analytical tools for the following research areas:

  • Residential and commercial prototype building models development using EnergyPlus and OpenStudio
  • EnergyPlus, OpenStudio and associated building energy modeling tool development/enhancement
  • National and regional building energy code upgrades, such as ASHRAE Standard 90.1, International Energy Efficiency Code, ASHRAE Standard 189.1
  • Energy impacts analysis of building energy code compliance
  • Building energy system design for resilience
  • Grid-interactive efficient building design and controls
  • Urban-scale building modeling for buildings-to-grid scenario planning.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Applying science and engineering theories and developing technical approaches to solve building performance research challenges.
  • Executing tasks independently or with limited guidance on new assignments.
  • Defining and leading small tasks and executing within budget and timeframes allotted.
  • Contributing to or leading the development of sections of technical products, such as technical reports and journal articles, and presenting at conferences and 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.

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

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