NREL Building Energy Sciences Research Engineer - Energy Modeler in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Building Energy Sciences Research Engineer - Energy Modeler



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

Job Summary

The Building Energy Sciences Group at NREL has a senior energy modeler position available. The successful applicant will be responsible for leading fundamental research-level energy analyses. Technical work will consist primarily of using EnergyPlus, Modelica or other physics-based modelling programs to analyze building components individually and as a subsystem in a whole building. Work will include coordination with laboratory and field experimentations to validate energy models. The successful applicant will be expected to publish relevant research outcomes in peer-reviewed scientific journals and must be comfortable working in diverse teams to meet project requirements and build consensus around outcomes.

Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant PhD., or relevant master’s degree and three or more years of experience, or relevant bachelor's degree and five or more years of experience.

  • Knowledge of EnergyPlus or other relevant building energy simulation.

  • Strong knowledge base with respect to building science principles, theories, and concepts, including thermodynamics and heat transfer.

  • Programming proficiency in Python, Ruby or other language.

  • Strong technical writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An understanding of the energy-related challenges and opportunities inherent in developing new technologies for the building environment, especially those pursuing energy-efficiency or zero-energy goals.

  • Proficiency with experimental design principles, uncertainty analysis, and basic and advanced statistical analysis methods.

  • Experience designing, evaluating, and modeling advanced HVAC systems.

  • Demonstrated history of experimentation of HVAC systems using hardware in-the-loop capabilities.

  • Demonstrable history of writing unique EnergyPlus measures.

  • Advanced physics-based modelling of building subsystems.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience . Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications


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