The Integrated Building Performance (IBP) Group in the Buildings and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a senior research and development position that focuses on commercial and residential (including weatherization) energy efficiency.
The IBP Group works to optimize the energy performance of commercial and residential buildings through applied research, technology deployment assessments and technical assistance. The team’s comprehensive knowledge of buildings and energy use spans building occupancy types, construction elements, energy equipment and systems, controls/automation systems and building energy information systems (EIS).
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Establish and lead multi-year research projects on commercial and residential buildings integration and energy efficiency to meet program objectives
Lead multi-disciplinary teams of research staff including associate and assistant level research staff, technicians and postdoctoral researchers and external collaborators
As primary author/contributor, write peer-reviewed papers for high impact scientific journals, conference papers and technical reports to summarize the results of applied research and evaluations
Present research results to sponsors, academia, industry, professional societies and Laboratory staff, in the form of peer reviews, conference presentations and invited talks
Develop and implement tactical plans for developing new and significant project opportunities or expanding existing efforts
Lead project proposals and collaborate with program managers, network with related organizations, and interact with existing sponsors on new program development opportunities
Develop project plans including costs, budgeting and milestones and monitor/control project execution
Collaborate with research staff and partner organizations on development of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and user facility agreements
Lead teams to develop and hold workshops with internal and external stakeholders on energy saving research topics for buildings
Conduct research on residential building weatherization, non-energy benefits of weatherization and special topics in weatherization such as vermiculite/asbestos challenges
Conduct research on embodied energy and carbon impacts of cost effective building retrofits for energy efficiency and resilience
Manage program-level evaluations for the DOE Weatherization program including quality work plan evaluation and the overall program evaluation
Develop technical content for residential building weatherization in support of the DOE Weatherization program’s outreach efforts to states, state subgrantee agencies and training
Coach/mentor others to develop technical expertise
M.S. or PhD in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, construction science/management or related engineering discipline with experience in building energy efficiency is required. Required work experience for a M.S. candidate is 12+ years and for a PhD candidate it is a minimum of six years.
Knowledge of building science, envelope (wall, window, roofing and insulation) systems, heating and cooling technologies, water heating technologies and mechanical systems and controls is required.
Experience with building energy modeling software and analysis tools.
Knowledge of building energy Measurement and Verification Protocols (e.g. IPMVP).
Proficiency in tools for engineering data reduction, analysis and visualization such as Excel, R, Python, Tableau and Power BI
Familiarity with statistical Design of Experiments (DOE), numerical calculation and statistical data analysis techniques
Ability to work creatively and cooperatively as a member of an interdisciplinary research team.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building, partnering and leadership.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills to support regular interactions with sponsors, industry, academia and laboratory staff to prepare journal papers, proposals and reports
Professional society certifications such as: Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) or Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP).
Professional licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
Active participation (committee membership/leadership), in professional societies such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Internal Number: 4395
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of:
Scientific discovery—We assemble teams of experts from diverse backgrounds, equip them with powerful instruments and research facilities, and address compelling national problems;
Clean energy—We deliver energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing, and we study biological, environmental, and climate systems in order to develop new biofuels and bioproducts and to explore the impacts of climate change;
Security—We develop and deploy “first-of-a-kind” science-based security technologies to make the world a safer place.
ORNL supports these missions through leadership in four major areas of science and technology:
Neutr...ons—We operate two of the world’s leading neutron sources, which enable scientists and engineers to gain new insights into materials and biological systems;
Computing—We accelerate scientific discovery through modeling and simulation on powerful supercomputers, advance data-intensive science, and sustain US leadership in high-performance computing;
Materials—We integrate basic and applied research to develop advanced materials for energy applications;
Nuclear—We advance the scientific basis for 21st century nuclear fission and fusion technologies and systems, and we produce isotopes for research, industry, and medicine.