National Renewable Energy Laboratory Researcher - Building Energy Modeling and Data Analytics in Golden, Colorado
Researcher - Building Energy Modeling and Data Analytics
CO - Golden
Hours Per Week
This position will be filled at the Researcher Level II or III based on the basic and required qualifications of the selected candidate:
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducts world-class research in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, renewable energy technologies, and energy systems integration and optimization. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, Colorado, and convenient to Denver, Boulder, and several suburbs, the NREL campus is a living experiment filled with curious researchers and advanced energy technologies.
The Residential Buildings Research Group has an immediate opening for a Researcher with experience in building energy modeling, data analytics, and/or programming. The ideal candidate will leverage their scientific and engineering skills to address important problems related to the modeling of building energy systems. The ideal candidate would be interested in developing open-source simulation-based workflows/software that benefits the research community and industry, investigating the interaction between buildings and the grid, and/or modeling and visualizing large building stocks at high resolutions.
The Residential Buildings Research Group within the Building Technologies and Science Center (BTSC). BTSC and NREL are committed to fostering a creative, curiosity-driven, inclusive workplace, and to supporting and mentoring research staff as they progress from task execution to principal investigator and beyond.
Job duties and responsibilities may include:
Developing, testing, and/or validating physics-based technology models for residential buildings
Contributing to open-source residential building simulation workflows that support research and industry use
Developing and running large sets of building energy models at all scales, resolutions and time horizons.
Processing, analyzing and organizing large data 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.
Writing papers for peer-reviewed science journals and professional conferences.
Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field, and 2 or more years of relevant experience.
PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related field. Or, Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field, and 3 or more years of relevant experience. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field, and 5 or more years of relevant experience .
Additional Required Qualifications
Strong background in engineering, applied mathematics, statistics, or related fields.
Demonstrated experience with building energy simulation tools such as OpenStudio/EnergyPlus.
Demonstrated excellence in programming, in languages such as Python, Ruby, R, Matlab, C++ or similar.
Working knowledge of version control software and software development best practices.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
For the Researcher II position:
The Researcher II requires a skilled professional who applies, on a broad basis, existing theories, principles, and concepts, and is fully competent in all conventional applications of knowledge common to the specific discipline and function of work assigned.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Researcher II:
Perform some non-routine tasks requiring the exercise of independent judgment
Provides solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity
Contributes to the completion of milestones on multiple projects and/or specific programmatic objectives.
Receives long- range directions on new assignments and receives occasional oversight on complex features or problems.
Requires the ability to recommend and/or determine technical approaches for obtaining solutions.
For the Researcher III position:
The Researcher III requires a seasoned, experienced professional in a broad discipline or narrow, specialized field and has the ability to develop advanced concepts, techniques, and standards for specialized, state-of- the-art technologies and concepts.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Researcher III:
Advanced understanding and wide application of concepts in the field
Frequently contributes to the development of new theories and methods.
Displays a substantial and significant record of achievement through reports, publications, intellectual property, or technical products.
Leads technical decision-making and direction at the project level.
Works under nominal supervision and provides technical direction
Defines deliverables and leads projects for group or center initiatives and/or new technology strategies.
Provide technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems
Strong understanding of building science principles and residential building system integration issues.
Demonstrated ability to write technical reports and journal articles documenting research.
Experience presenting technical information to wide range of audiences.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Annual Salary Range: $68,000 - $112,200
Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.
* Based on eligibility rules
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