NREL (Year Round ) Graduate interns Building Energy Modeling Development in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

(Year Round ) Graduate interns Building Energy Modeling Development

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)

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Hours Per Week

40

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Job Summary

The Commercial Buildings Research Group at NREL is seeking several Masters or PhD Intern students to help advance development of EnergyPlus, the Department of Energy’s flagship building energy modeling program.

EnergyPlus is a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model both energy consumption—for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and plug and process loads—and water use in buildings.

The student’s tasks will consist primarily of programming within the EnergyPlus codebase to

(1) implement new modeling capabilities and functionalities;

(2) address software defects; and

(3) enhance existing functionality.

This work may also include opportunities for the student to publish the research outcomes in partnership with NREL staff.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with object-oriented design and C++ or Python software development.

  • Knowledge of basic building science principles, theories, and concepts, including thermodynamics and heat transfer.

  • Knowledge of basic numerical simulation techniques.

  • Strong technical writing, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • Degree in architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, or in relevant discipline, completed or in progress.

Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation.

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with building energy modeling techniques and software platforms (OpenStudio/EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, etc.).

  • Master’s degree in architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, or in relevant discipline

  • Experience with software development in a scientific environment.

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Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.

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Preferred Qualifications

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Submission Guidelines

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