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NREL Laboratory Research Engineer III in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Laboratory Research Engineer III



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL’s Building Energy Sciences Group (BESG) is seeking a laboratory research engineer with experience designing and implementing laboratory experiments and a proven track record of analyzing and publishing the results. The successful applicant will design experiments to research HVAC and control system cost and energy efficacy as it pertains to improving a building’s energy use and electric grid flexibility.

The ideal candidate will have HVAC and buildings experience, a strong background in design of experiments, and familiarity with setting up and maintaining laboratory data acquisition systems. 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. An ability to work independently, manage time to meet project deadlines, and communicate with internal and external customers is expected as well.


Basic Qualifications

PhD in Mechanical Engineering or relevant. Or, Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or relevant and 3 or more years of engineering/research experience. Or, Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering or relevant and 5 or more years of engineering/research experience.


Additional Qualifications

  • Programming proficiency in LABview, Matlab, Minitab, R or other language.

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

  • Strong technical writing skills.

  • Mechanical aptitude to understand failure mechanisms in HVAC equipment, motors, heaters, and control systems/logic.

  • Good theoretical and practical understanding of building systems such as residential and commercial HVAC, building envelope, and building controls.

  • Critical thinking: Demonstrated research mentality to recognize gaps in current technologies and potential solutions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated laboratory experience in setting up and maintaining data acquisition systems and associated instruments.

  • Demonstrated history of experimentation of HVAC systems and associated controls.

  • Familiarity with building communication protocols such as BACnet or Modbus.

  • Physics-based modeling or building energy systems modelling experience.


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