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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Whole-building Carbon Assessment

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9079 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Grid Interactive Controls Research Group (GIC) in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division (EEID), Energy Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The GIC Group aims to improve grid security, reliability, and resilience through everything-to-grid (X2G) integration by delivering innovative, multi-disciplinary, grid-interactive control solutions.


This position will focus on emissions from buildings, i.e., direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, it aims to 1) calculate the building emission over the whole building life cycle, considering various building characterizations, operating conditions, and reduction measures; and 2) develop emission-aware methods for designing and operating buildings to achieve a better trade-off between occupant wellness and the environmental impacts from buildings. The successful candidates will work with a wide variety of customers including the US Department of Energy, General Services Administration, etc. They may also work collaboratively with other national laboratories, industry and academic partners, and the international community to execute projects and promote clean energy and have the opportunity to interface directly with program sponsors and lead proposal development teams.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Participating in the development of innovative analysis methodologies for quantifying building emissions during the construction, operation, and demolition process; and procedures for validating the emission estimation methods and identifying the uncertainty level of estimation
  • Performing literature review to collect public-accessible information and data regarding building emissions, including but not limited to embodied building emissions and building operation data
  • Establishing engineering and technology pathways for integrating building emissions estimation into the processes of designing and operating buildings


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
  • Expertise in building emission analysis and uncertainty quantifications
  • Familiarity with the lifecycle of buildings in general and the emission associated with the production of building materials and energy-consuming processes
  • Ability to program in VBA and Python


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A broad understanding of principles, theories, and concepts in designing and operating building systems
  • Strong background in concepts and methods commonly used in building performance analysis, including but not limited to whole building energy modeling
  • Experienced in developing web-based tools with javascript/react
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs


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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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