NREL Researcher - Commercial Building Controls III in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Researcher - Commercial Building Controls III



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The Commercial Buildings Research Group at NREL is seeking a commercial building controls expert with a demonstrated history of developing new/advanced building control strategies, with a preference for a candidate with demonstrated expertise in HVAC-control development. Work will consist primarily of advancing the state-of-the-art with respect to building subsystem controls to provide grid-related services (e.g., developing strategies to utilize the building as a demand-side resource without negatively impacting the level of service). The successful applicant will work collaboratively to identify, design, implement, and test new functionality. The hired candidate should be comfortable working across teams to remove uncertainty from project requirements and build consensus around outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working experience in developing advanced HVAC control algorithms.

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

  • Working knowledge of building energy modeling techniques and software platforms (OpenStudio/EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, Modelica, etc.).

  • Experience with predictive analysis and/or machine learning techniques.

  • Strong communication and writing skills.


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

  • Experience developing automated fault detection and diagnostic (AFDD) algorithms.

  • Demonstrable history of using building energy simulation programs, and specifically EnergyPlus, to evaluate the impact of proposed control strategies and algorithms on building performance.


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