NREL Researcher II - Model Developer Buildings in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Researcher II - Model Developer Buildings



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center has an immediate opening for a Researcher II with experience in system-level engineering and economic modeling to join a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team of analysts and modelers developing and applying state-of-the art infrastructure system models to conduct leading-edge analyses. The successful candidate would collaborate with a small team of researchers to develop a new class of multi-sector infrastructure models to explore emerging challenges in system evolution, and operation, with a focus on building energy analysis, building-grid interaction, and related infrastructure.

Job duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Develop and implement new advanced methods for solving infrastructure system modeling problems coupling multiple sectors

  • Develop new data architectures to generically and flexibly describe infrastructure systems.

  • Acquire relevant data, evaluate for quality, process into a structure that is useful to the model.

  • Collaborate with analysts working on other modeling teams to relate inputs and outputs across models.

  • Developing and running large sets of building energy models at all scales, resolutions and time horizons.

  • Processing, analyzing and organizing large sets that are used to inform building energy models, or resulting from building energy modeling.

  • Developing and running scripts to manage computational processes, process and analyze data, and produce effective visualizations of modeling results.

  • Identifying statistical and/or other analytical metrics for quantifying the accuracy of building stock models.

  • Write and publish innovative modeling methodologies and insightful results in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports and present at relevant domestic conferences


  • Demonstrated strong computer programming skills including large-scale model development, optimization, and database analysis (Preferred languages: Julia, Python, Matlab, R),

  • Experience with applied optimization and/or simulation techniques.

  • Experience in developing and applying large-scale computational models of infrastructure systems and/or multi-sectoral integrated “big-picture” models.

  • Strong background in engineering, applied mathematics, statistics, or related fields is essential.

  • Demonstrated experience with building energy simulation tools such as OpenStudio/EnergyPlus is a plus.

  • Working knowledge of data visualization tools and version control software is a major plus.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant Master's Degree . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience . General knowledge and application of engineering technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Training in team, task or project leadership responsibilities. Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques. Beginning experience in project management. Good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications


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