NREL Commercial Building Scientist in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Commercial Building Scientist

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Regular

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Hours Per Week

40

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Job Summary

The Commercial Buildings Research Group at NREL is seeking a building scientist to help drive the next-generation of grid-interactive efficient buildings by developing the research platform necessary to reach key R&D milestones. Work will consist primarily of advancing the maturity of the URBANopt modeling platform to support campus/district (or larger) scale energy analyses/research projects. The successful applicant will work collaboratively to identify, design, and implement new URBANopt functionality, and will work with industry to facilitate the realization of the next generation of zero-energy communities. The hired candidate will be expected to publish relevant research outcomes in peer-reviewed scientific journals and must be comfortable working across teams to remove uncertainty from project requirements and build consensus around outcomes.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge base with respect to building science principles, theories, and concepts, including thermodynamics and heat transfer.

  • Experience with C++, Ruby, or Python.

  • Experience with software development in a scientific environment.

  • Strong technical writing skills.

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Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

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Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of building energy modeling techniques and software platforms (OpenStudio/EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, etc.).

  • PHD or Master’s degree

  • Demonstrated proficiency with equation-based modeling platforms, such as Modelica.

  • A history of successfully modeling commercial buildings.

  • An understanding of the energy-related challenges and opportunities inherent in designing and constructing campus- and community-scale developments, especially those pursuing energy-efficiency or zero-energy goals.

  • Proficiency with experimental design principles, uncertainty analysis, and basic and advanced statistical analysis methods.

  • Experience with machine learning, reduced-order modeling, CFD, or other approaches to energy modeling.

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