Berkeley Lab's Building Technology & Urban System Division has an opening for a Research Scientist. The incumbent's immediate tasks will be to lead research, develop and conduct simulation-based and full-scale tests of Model Predictive Control algorithms for building energy applications. The incumbent will also conduct research on how to extend and apply these computing technologies in the redesign of EnergyPlus to allow Modelica and FMI-based HVAC and control simulation to support research in urban energy systems. The incumbent will publish the research results in the peer-reviewed literature, present findings at group meetings and conferences as well as contribute to securing funding for the research area. This position will be filled at the Research Scientist Career or Career-Track level depending on experience.
What You Will Do:
Conduct research, develop and deploy tools for Model Predictive Control in buildings and community energy systems.
Conduct simulation-based and full-scale tests of Model Predictive Control algorithms for building energy applications.
Conduct research in how to extend and apply these computing technologies in the redesign of EnergyPlus to allow Modelica and FMI-based HVAC and control simulation, and to support research in urban energy systems.
Conduct research, implementation and distribution of computing tools for building energy and control simulation based on Modelica, FMI and mathematical programming packages for design and real-time applications.
Develop and implement object-oriented equation-based simulation models of building energy systems and their control algorithms.
Link domain-specific simulation programs to each other to support rapid prototyping, integrated whole-system level analysis and model-use during operations.
Publish research results in leading journals, present findings at national and international conferences and work with industry on testing and deploying the research
Be the work lead to the postdocs and technical projects that apply these tools in support of the above tasks.
Contribute to securing funding for the development of new computing technologies for buildings.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, controls, computer science, architectural engineering or a related building science field.
Demonstrated expertise in optimization, system simulation, building sciences and controls through Journal and conference publications.
Two or more years of experience developing mathematical models for building energy simulation and optimization. Demonstrated strong skills in developing models in languages and simulators for systems of differential algebraic equations (such as Modelica or Simulink) in the domain of building energy and control systems.
Strong knowledge of building science, and of numerical methods for optimization and simulation.
Strong knowledge of programming languages, preferably Modelica, C/C++, Python and Java.
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
Capable of working on multiple tasks and projects.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time career or 1 year term career-track appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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