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R&D Associate Staff Member - Integrated Building Deployment and Analysis Group

Date: Sep 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8882 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 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. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


The Integrated Building Deployment and Analysis (IBDA) Group in the Building and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) is seeking a R&D associate staff member. The IBDA group leads the development of innovative methods for residential and commercial whole-building energy performance and systems integration, deployment, and analysis in support of the DOE mission. Staff members lead and participate on teams focused on R&D and deployment of low-carbon, energy-efficient, demand-flexible, and resilient buildings for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program (WIP) Office, and State and Community Programs.


As part of our research and deployment team, you will be responsible for conducting, coordinating, and reporting complex research and deployment assignments related to buildings, specifically: 1) whole building energy modeling analysis, and 2) performing experiments in ORNL's test facilities, and 3) providing technical assistance to FEMP and WIP. Your work will be interacting and collaborating with researchers from universities, national laboratories, and private industry. You will have the opportunity to interface directly with program sponsors and lead proposal development teams.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Developing and validating data driven and high fidelity whole building energy modeling
  • Conduct research on select Commercial and Residential Building Integration topics to meet program objectives
  • Providing technical assistance to FEMP and WIP programs
  • Manage ORNL's user facility and coordinate with multiple researchers to perform tests on it.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Architecture, Architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, or related discipline.
  • Deep understanding of building thermal physics, HVAC systems, and building sensors and controls.
  • Expertise in whole building energy modeling (e.g., EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, and DOE-2), calibration and validation with empirical datasets.
  • Experiences in whole building M&V and data analysis
  • Experiences in managing and performing tests at lab test buildings.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Full scale EnergyPlus models validation with sub hourly high resolution building energy and environmental data sets from full scale test buildings.
  • Deep understanding of detailed building energy model calibration with sub hourly building energy and environmental data sets
  • Full modeling and calibration experiences with both commercial and residential building models
  • Experience in proposal writing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to 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


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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