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Building Energy Modeling Engineer 2

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Montgomery
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

**Overview**

The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a sustainable, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through innovation and actionable solutions. We are a diverse research organization of over 350 experts in electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering, data and computer sciences, cybersecurity, policy, economics, and related disciplines. Our vision is to transform the way our energy system infrastructure is designed, integrated, and operated to create environmental security, economic prosperity, and social equity for the Pacific Northwest region, the nation, and the world.

The PNNL's Buildings Simulation & Design Group provides energy simulation, tool development, and workflow automation for energy policy impact analyses and integrative building design processes. The Building Simulation & Design Group is looking for a **Building Energy Modeling Engineer** with strong building energy modeling skills, deep knowledge of building science and technologies, a collaborative approach to problem-solving, a desire to work as part of a collaborative team solving national challenges in buildings research and policy.

**Responsibilities**

The **Building Energy Modeling Engineer** will support PNNL's Building Energy Codes Program in its role to provide technical analysis to support the development, adoption, and implementation of building energy codes and their related research projects. The building energy modeling engineer will lead and contribute to a number of high-impact applied research and analysis activities, such as:

+ Residential and commercial prototype building models development using EnergyPlus

+ National and regional building energy code upgrades, such as ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and International Energy Efficiency Code

+ Energy impacts analysis of building energy code compliance

+ Implementation and compliance support of building performance standards

+ Building energy system design for resilience

+ Grid-interactive efficient building design and controls

Specific responsibilities will include:

+ Develops and maintains residential and commercial prototype building models using EnergyPlus

+ Conducts state-of-art whole building energy simulation modeling at a large scale to address building type and climate zone variation across the country

+ Conducts engineering and economic analysis to advance building energy codes and appliance standards

+ Analyzes the impacts of building energy code compliance at state and national levels

+ Develops and maintain scripted workflow to automate large-scale simulations on PNNL high-performance computers

+ Manages small to moderate projects and/or project tasks

+ Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams

+ Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training

+ Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities

+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills

+ Has a proactive and collaborative approach to problem-solving with the ability to work well on interdisciplinary teams

+ Has a passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance the buildings research domain

**Qualifications**

Minimum Qualifications:

+ BS/BA and 2 years of relevant experience -OR-

+ MS/MA -OR-

+ PhD

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Advanced experience with whole building energy modeling for buildings with complex energy systems and controls. Experience with EnergyPlus is highly desirable; other modeling software experience may be considered (e.g. OpenStudio, eQuest)

+ Graduate degree in Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Building Sciences, or related fields

+ Work experience that demonstrates the ability to fulfill the listed Specific Responsibilities

+ Solid background knowledge in building physics and building energy systems

+ Strong programming skills in Python, Ruby, R, or Perl

+ Independent design or research experience in one or more building energy systems (e.g. building envelope, HVAC, lighting, controls, and service hot water)

+ Experience in working with Git repository

+ Development and implementation of containerized workflow for institutional high-performance computing or cloud computing

+ Experience in leading the publications of technical reports and research papers

+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills

+ Strong research and writing skills to develop research ideas and support documentation of research deliverables

+ A collaborative approach to problem-solving in areas that do not have clear or established solutions or outcomes and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary and geographically distributed teams

**Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment**

Not Applicable

**Additional Information**

Not Applicable

**Testing Designated Position**

Not Applicable

**About PNNL**

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab's campus is only a 45-minute flight (or -3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

**Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity**

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at careers@pnnl.gov .

**Drug Free Workplace**

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Beginning 05/01/23, if you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

**Mandatory Requirements**

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

**Rockstar Rewards**

Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance*, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave**, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan* and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

* Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

Click Here For Rockstar Rewards (https://careers.pnnl.gov/rockstar-rewards)

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