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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Buildings Advanced Manufacturing and Integration Science Researcher II / Researcher III in United States

Posting Title

Buildings Advanced Manufacturing and Integration Science Researcher II / Researcher III

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Location

CO - Golden

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Position Type

Regular

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Hours Per Week

40

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Job Description

This position will be filled at the Researcher Level II or III, based on the basic and required qualifications of the selected candidate:

NREL's Communities and Urban Science Research group has an opening for a Researcher II / Researcher III in advanced manufacturing and building prefabrication process optimization. The successful candidate will join team members focused on research utilizing cutting-edge laboratories, pilot prefabrication lines, and analytical projects to synthesize, develop, characterize, and evaluate optimal integration of energy efficiency, renewable energy, grid responsiveness, and advanced control systems in prefabricated off-site buildings and components. As the off-site permanent modular construction industry grows for residential, multifamily, and hotels from 1% of new construction to 10% over the next decade, NREL seeks to grow a core capability in embedding cost-effective energy efficiency and distributed energy resources into the manufacturing process of buildings and components.

Organizationally, this position resides within the NREL Industrialized Construction Innovation team https://www.nrel.gov/buildings/industrialized-construction.html . NREL and CUSR are committed to fostering a creative, curiosity-driven, inclusive workplace, and to supporting and mentoring researchers as they progress from task execution to principal investigator and beyond. Come work with the brightest minds and help build a novel capability within NREL at the intersection of advanced building science and advanced building construction.

The successful candidate should have a strong background and understanding of advanced manufacturing sciences, including subtractive and additive manufacturing, computer-aided design, design automation, digital manufacturing, computer-aided manufacturing, manufacturing process fundamentals and optimization, and automated quality control in a combined automated and assembly line environment. In addition to technical skills, this position requires strong project management skills, and active stakeholder engagement. Initiative, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills are vital to adeptly manage multiple research efforts.

For the Researcher II position:

General knowledge and application of engineering technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques. Training in team, task or project leadership responsibilities. Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques. Beginning experience in project management.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Researcher Level II :

  • Develop novel advanced manufacturing processes that enhance the integration of energy efficiency strategies and distributed energy resources into off-site modular building construction approaches.

  • Develop data collection methods to understand existing pre-fabrication approaches in off-site manufacturing of buildings.

  • Perform simulation-based analysis and digital twin-based optimization of advanced building construction processes.

  • Setup and perform laboratory experiments of thermal components and systems.

  • Perform measurements for field validation of advanced manufacturing process improvements.

  • Collaborate with modeling teams, experimentalists, systems engineers, and materials scientists, to propose and develop new methods, novel material applications, and lower cost approaches that enhance the cost effectiveness and energy performance of factory-built/prefabricated modular buildings.

  • Combine computational energy modeling tools such as OpenStudio with modeling and optimization of manufacturing processes, materials forming, and optically assisted manufacturing.

  • Collaborate in the development of research proposals and new scientific initiatives.

  • Actively engage with industry partners to understand and improve upon current state of field

  • Write regular progress reports, publish journal papers in both fundamental science journals and applied technology journals, and present at conferences.

  • Participate in professional scientific activities, e.g., reviews of papers, research proposals, etc.

  • Publish papers in automation, manufacturing, construction innovation, architectural engineering, energy efficiency, materials engineering and science, heat transfer, advanced building science, renewable energy, and/or energy-related peer reviewed journals.

For the Researcher III position:

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.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Researcher Level III:

  • All duties as mentioned for the Level II Researcher

  • Successfully lead projects toward ambitious goals and help the team build a novel capability of manufacturing and advanced building construction within NREL

  • Lead the development of research proposals and new scientific initiatives.

  • Lead development and writing of progress reports, publish journal papers in both fundamental science journals and applied technology journals, and present at conferences.

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Basic Qualifications

Basic Qualifications for Researcher II:

Master's Degree in Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Building Science or related field. Or Bachelor's Degree in Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Building Science or related field and 2 or more years of research/engineering experience.

Basic Qualifications for Researcher III:

PhD in Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Building Science, or related field. Or Bachelor's Degree in Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Building Science or related field and 5 or more years of research/engineering experience.

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Additional Required Qualifications

Required for Researcher Level II:

  • Research experience in advanced manufacturing sciences.

  • Experience with computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, and/or energy modelling software tools

  • Hands-on experience in component and system prototyping setup and testing

Required for Researcher Level III:

  • All required as mentioned for the Level II Researcher

  • Experience in leading research projects and stakeholder engagement

Preferred Qualifications

  • The ability to work independently with minimal guidance and mentorship with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.

  • Demonstrated ability to participate in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team.

  • Experience evaluating and developing advanced manufacturing process improvements

  • Demonstrated communication skills including experience and ability to communicate research results through written papers and oral presentations, the ability to effectively represent a program, and the ability to present research work to academic, industry, and governmental audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a large dynamic team environment with evolving requirements, schedules, and time constraining milestones.

  • Strong technical publication record in peer reviewed journals

  • Familiarity with and commitment to security, health, and safety (ES&H) systems

  • Experience in buildings applications, likely in automation of the design and construction process.

  • Research experience in renewable energy technology

  • Experience with universities and state and local government agencies

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