Senior Scientific Engineering Associate

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Engineering
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89586 Requisition #

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in Berkeley, CA.

Working under limited supervision, develop, implement, evaluate, and promote integrated demand side management systems (DSM) (i.e., controllable building envelope, lighting, and HVAC systems) in combination with distributed energy resources (DER) (i.e., electrical and thermal storage, renewable energy sources, and smart inverters). Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative algorithms for modeling and predictive control of innovative DSM and/or DER energy systems. Develop and apply advanced model predictive control (MPC) tools to support development of climate-based, simulated evaluations of the innovative control systems. Implement the algorithms with the requisite hardware (build prototype with sensors, electronics, and microcontrollers) for low-energy commercial building applications. Develop and apply experimental methods to measure and evaluate the energy- and non-energy performance (indoor environmental quality, control hysteresis) of the controlled systems in laboratory, full-scale testbed, and occupied building settings. Design, develop, and evaluate new control algorithms and post-processing algorithms using distributed energy systems and high fidelity sensor data that enable near real-time energy analysis of complex systems related to DSM and DER systems. Develop and design experimental methods to measure performance of distributed energy systems to develop control algorithms coded in hardware and software modules for integration with the utility grid. Develop and design innovative API communication gateways to allow research control of DER infrastructure items such as solar PV inverters, programmable loads, and batteries and thermal energy storage. Develop and apply advanced modeling tools to support development and evaluation of DER systems within the utility grid context. Provide multifunctional technical support, broadly applying principles, theories, and/or technical concepts in science/ engineering in combination with working knowledge of related fields. Use technical concepts and Lab policies and procedures to solve a wide range of difficult problems in imaginative and practical ways.  Provide resolution to a diverse range of complex technical problems where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Interact with internal and external personnel. Identify and develop new areas of research, manage project teams in fulfillment of project requirements.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering or related fields and 4 years of relevant professional experience, or Masters in the same field and 2 years of relevant professional experience in:

 

1. Developing integrated envelope-, lighting-, and HVAC-related model predictive control (MPC) algorithms for thermal load management, lighting/daylighting, renewables, thermal and electrical energy storage, occupant requirements, and energy cost minimization.  

2. Using building energy analysis programs (such as EnergyPlus, Radiance, and Modelica) for design and evaluation of innovative building envelope, lighting, and/or HVAC control systems for energy-efficient building design and operations.  

3. Statistical analysis and forecast of utilization of a fleet of Electric Vehicles (EV) in the context of providing Vehicle to Building (V2B) and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) electrical services. Those services might include ancillary services (e.g. utility grid frequency regulation) or providing backup power.

4. One or more of the following programming languages: Python, R.

5. Controls development in National Instruments LabView and TestStand.  

6. Electronic circuit design and construction. This includes low-noise data acquisition modules for temperature, airflow, and light sensors. As well as interface modules to communicate with third-party shading and lighting controllers. Basic understanding of power systems to design and conduct Hardware in the Loop (HIL) experiments.

7. Working with environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) requirements associated with high-voltage electrical systems. This includes experience with hands-on work on high-voltage systems (greater than 60V).

8. Conducting research for federally and state funded institutions (e.g., U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission).

 

In addition to the listed skills, the position requires the following experiences, which can be fulfilled with a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of relevant professional experience, or a Master’s degree with related coursework:

 

9. Developing simulation models and utilizing simulation platforms for power systems modeling and optimization.

10. Managing projects and project teams, using project management tools, and promote developed technologies to acquire new funding.

 

 

*This position is eligible for LBNL’s Employee Referral Program benefit(s).

 

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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