Computational Research Scientist (Building Technology & Urban Systems)

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Research/Science
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BU-Bldg Technology Urban Systems
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88161 Requisition #

Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division has an opening for a Computational Research Scientist!


In this role, you will conduct research, implement and deploy Modelica- and FMI-based new generation modeling and simulation tools for buildings and district energy systems.  You will participate in projects such as OpenBuildingControl, Spawn of EnergyPlus and the Modelica Buildings and IBPSA libraries.

 

What You Will Do:

  • Conduct research, develop and deploy new generation modeling tools for building and district energy system design and operation based on the Modelica and FMI standards.

  • Conduct research in how to extend and apply these modeling standards and numerical methods in the redesign of EnergyPlus to allow Modelica and FMI-based HVAC and control simulation, and to support research in urban energy systems.

  • Conduct research, implementation and distribution of computing tools for building and district energy systems, including their controls, based on Modelica, FMI and mathematical programming packages for design and real-time operation.

  • Link domain-specific simulation programs to each other to support rapid prototyping, integrated whole-system level analysis and model-use during operations.

  • Publish research results in leading journals, present findings at national and international conferences and work with industry on testing and deploying the research.

  • Co-lead research projects.

  • Contribute to writing proposals and securing funding.


What is Required:

  • Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Controls, Computer Science, Architectural Engineering and a minimum 7 years of related building science field experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated expertise in system simulation, building sciences and controls through journal and conference publications.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience developing mathematical models for building energy simulation.

  • Demonstrated skills in developing models in languages and simulators for systems of differential algebraic equations (such as Modelica or Simulink) in the domain of building energy and control systems.

  • Strong knowledge of building science and of numerical methods for simulation.

  • Strong knowledge of programming languages, such as Modelica, C/C++, Python, Java, and JavaScript.

  • Good knowledge of HVAC systems and building controls.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Track record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature.


What We Desire:

  • Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Controls, Computer Science, Architectural Engineering.

  • Demonstrated research experience in system simulation, building sciences, and controls.

  • Experience in writing proposals.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), Career appointment or a 1 year Career-Track Term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of 5 years that may be converted to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

  • Salary is commensurate with experience.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities.  To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."


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