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Building Energy Efficiency Research Engineer (Level 3)


Job Description

Job ID: 308040
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The individual will be a technical contributor\task leader on a fast growing team of energy efficiency engineers, scientists, analysts and other technical professionals developing innovative methods to achieve greater energy efficiency in the Nation’s new and existing homes, commercial buildings, and appliances. This individual will provide and develop technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight in its efforts to promote the development, adoption, and implementation of progressive energy efficiency technologies, best practices, protocols, and codes\standards that are designed for clear and consistent interpretation and implementation. The individual will also support PNNL’s efforts to grow and strengthen the nation’s electricity infrastructure through deployment and adoption efforts of Smart Grid related technologies and policies. Potential candidates with an interest in residential energy efficiency, construction, energy codes, renovation, building enclosures, heating and cooling, ventilation, indoor air quality, water heating, control technologies, load shapes, and grid interactions are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
The individual will work to develop and external reputation with project teams that conduct research and/or serve as a technical resource and program planners\implementers for market introduction and adoption activities related to electricity infrastructure and buildings related energy efficiency technologies and best practices communication and implementation. The primary client is the U.S. Department of Energy offices, and secondary clients include other agencies, state government, utilities, regional energy efficiency organizations, and private organizations. This position offers the opportunity for a broad range of involvement in activities including researching and developing efficiency and electricity infrastructure related experiments, technologies and policies, energy user\operator needs and issues; working with States, energy efficiency program providers, and others as they design and implement outreach activities to raise awareness and increase adoption and upgrading of energy efficiency and infrastructure technologies and policies; identifying and helping develop new and improved tools, technologies, and resources for addressing energy efficiency and electricity infrastructure needs; and designing workshops, case studies, programs\training that support the application and use of energy efficiency technologies and best practices.

Applicants should have applicable experience working on energy efficiency projects in residential buildings and or appliances and or electricity infrastructure related adoption, policy, or technology areas.

Will work with client relationship management, program managers and the technical group manager to support and lead tasks that are required to be completed on time and within budget. There will be direct interface with clients and their subcontractors to gather data, and plan and implement activities. Will be responsible for presentation of program results to clients and others; from time to time, travel requirements may be as high as (25%). Expected to attend conferences and present results of work; support energy efficiency education in public forums and via invited presentations. Will contribute to and/or lead proposals to funding organizations. Will manage work contributions to effectively meet task budget, schedule, deliverable, and quality assurance requirements and will report results to project managers and clients.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

- BS/BA and 5 years of relative experience, MS/MA and 3 years of relative experience; or PhD and 1 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Related to energy efficiency, building energy efficiency and related codes and standards; building science; building instrumentation and field studies; appliance codes and standards, financial and energy efficiency data gathering, analysis, and presentation; utilities planning/oversight, and extensive knowledge of best practices in energy efficient construction and renovation, architecture, electricity infrastructure technologies and policies.

Strong analysis skills, experience with energy code or energy analysis approaches and software packages, and/or experience with programs that develop and promote technologies and best practices for energy efficiency are desired. The person will have significant previous experience in the energy efficiency and or electricity infrastructure industry and will possess a recognized reputation working for or with energy efficiency, utilities, architecture/engineering firms, code enforcement offices, state/local government, regional energy efficiency organizations, research organizations, universities, or others who operate in the residential construction and renovation industries. The individual will have a strong understanding of the roles of each of these types of organizations.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308040
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings
Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:
None anticipated but work may involve visiting construction sites or working in experimental laboratories located at PNNL or its contractors and collaborators.