Modeling and Simulation Postdoctoral Scholar

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Postdoctoral Fellow
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BU-Bldg Technology Urban Systems
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Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology Urban Systems Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. The Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct research, implement and deploy Modelica- and FMI-based new generation modeling and simulation tools for buildings and district energy systems,help developing the next generation building energy modeling engine and workflow that connects simulation with controls design, optimization and operation through research and implementation of the Spawn of EnergyPlus, the Open Building Control and the Modelica Buildings and IBPSA libraries, contribute to the implementation of Modelica/FMI-based emulators for advanced control algorithms, and conduct research for and implementation of these computing technologies for buildings and urban energy systems through collaborations within the IBPSA Project 1 in Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology & Urban Systems Division. The incumbent will also publish research results in the peer-reviewed literature, and present findings at group meetings and conferences as well as contribute to securing funding for the research area.

The successful candidate will enjoy combining modern computing technologies for modeling and simulation of HVAC and control systems, integrating these technologies in large software packages and working with teams that deploy them to the buildings industry.

What You Will Do:

  • Conduct research, develop and deploy new generation modeling tools for building 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 and control simulation based on Modelica, FMI and mathematical programming packages for design and real-time applications.

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

  • Contribute to securing funding for the development of new computing technologies for buildings.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, controls, computer science, architectural engineering or a related building science field.

  • Demonstrated strong experience in system simulation, building sciences and controls through Journal and conference publications.

  • Two or more years of experience developing mathematical models for building energy simulation. Demonstrated strong 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, preferably Modelica, C/C++, Python, Java and JavaScript.

  • Good knowledge of HVAC systems and building controls.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Capable of working on multiple tasks and projects.

  • Able to conduct independent research.

  • Strong interest in combining modern computing technologies for modeling and simulation of HVAC and control systems, integrating these technologies in large software packages and working with teams that deploy them to the buildings industry.

  • Ability to travel domestically.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


Notes:

  • This is a full time, 2 years, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • 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.


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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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