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Connected Lighting Research Engineer

Scientists/Scientific Support

Job Description

Job ID: 307212
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

Lighting devices are increasingly becoming networked and able to exchange data with other lighting devices, other building systems such as HVAC and security, and the electric grid. The solid-state lighting (SSL) team at PNNL seeks an engineer with skills and experience applicable to connected lighting, to contribute strong electrical or computer engineering and IT/data network background to an interdisciplinary team focused on investigations of SSL technologies, devices, and systems. Depending on staff availability and DOE funding levels in FY18 and beyond, the staffing role would be part-time up to full-time.

As lead technical support Laboratory for the DOE SSL program, PNNL conducts research to inform the rapid development by the lighting industry of controllable, networked lighting devices capable of collecting and exchanging a range of data that facilitates reduced energy consumption and/or improved performance of lighting, HVAC, and other systems. Much of the research is carried out in the Connected Lighting Test Bed (CLTB) in Portland, OR, where indoor and outdoor connected lighting systems (CLS) are installed, controlled through a software integration platform, and evaluated in terms of interoperability, energy reporting accuracy, cyber-security vulnerability, and other attributes. The technical information generated by these investigations is shared with stakeholders in the lighting industry through technical publications, conference presentations, and other means.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
• Development and implementation of methods for measuring and characterizing performance of connected lighting systems.
• Identification and characterization of needed technology improvements.
• Measurements and evaluations made in both the laboratory and in the field.
• High degree of interaction with the lighting and IT/data network industries, including participation in industry meetings and conferences, standards committees, and meetings organized by DOE.
• Characterization of the energy performance of connected lighting devices and systems, and whether the energy benefits provided by network interfaces outweigh the energy they consume.
• Evaluation of lighting device and system interoperability, and verification of industry consortia (e.g. Industrial Internet Consortium, Open Connectivity Foundation) interoperability claims.
• Characterization of lighting system configuration (installation, start-up, and commissioning) requirements and complexity.
• Evaluation and verification of the ability of lighting devices and systems to report their energy consumption and the accuracy of that reporting.
• Characterization of key lighting system capabilities and performance claims enabled by interoperability.
• Frequent presentations at public meetings, conferences, webcasts, and other forums based on the research being performed in this area by PNNL. Strong communication skills, both written and oral, are highly valued.

Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience; a Master’s degree or a Ph.D.
• Demonstrated understanding and ability to fully apply and interpret basic theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies within the following areas: electrical circuit and system design and operations, data network design and operation (hardware and software), power conversion, and solid-state lighting, and/or lighting or building system controls.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Electrical, or Computer Engineering. Education and experience should include knowledge of circuits and systems, power conversion, and data network hardware and software.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307212
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings
Group: Energy Policy & Economics