Department:Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory Rank:Research Assistant Professor Annual Basis:12 Month
Review of Applications Begins September 4, 2018; open until filled.
Special Instructions to Applicants Submit your application online and upload a letter of interest describing how you meet the required qualifications and professional competencies (and preferred qualifications if applicable), a curriculum vitae, and the names and current contact information for at least three professional references.
Department Summary The Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratories’ (ESBL) interdisciplinary team has expertise in architectural design, building performance, energy efficiency, building science and engineering, and indoor environmental quality. ESBL is a lab within the University of Oregon College of Design and School of Architecture and Environment. Together, ESBL, the Biology and Built Environment Center and the Baker Lighting Laboratory have launched the Institute for Health in the Built Environment, a collaboration with multiple academic institutions, centers, and labs in collaboration with private industry, philanthropic organizations, and government agencies to reduce energy consumption of buildings and improve the health and well-being of building inhabitants.
Learn more about our research programs here: Institute for Health in the Built Environment: https://buildhealth.uoregon.edu/ Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/esbl/ Biology and the Build Environment: https://biobe.uoregon.edu/ https://baker.uoregon.edu/
Position Summary The Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor of Energy, Automation and Building Science. Under the supervision of the Director of the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, the position serves as the primary organizer for the research of energy and building system operations, including but not limited to aspects of lighting (natural and artificial), temperature, acoustics, air flow, and integrated building systems study. The position is responsible for conducting laboratory experiments and analysis, including but not limited to optimization and analyzing control strategies and energy management, troubleshooting existing building performance, supporting original energy efficient architectural design for new construction, and advancing automation in the operations of existing buildings. A substantial portion of the job will include working with on and off campus constituencies to identify recommissioning targets and devise increasingly automated strategies to improve existing building performance for the purpose of reducing energy consumption and maximizing human health and comfort indoors. Position duties/work will incorporate elements of mechanical and electrical engineering for buildings, computer science, and architectural design. The position will be involved in proposal writing and there may be opportunities to be a co-investigator on proposals.
The position will be responsible to conduct independent research that supports the mission of ESBL and the Institute for Health in the Built Environment. Independent research is expected to be 50% or more of the position’s effort, and the remainder will be project execution and oversight, most often dealing with existing building automation and optimization, and new building design optimization around such characteristics as lighting, temperature, airflow, acoustics, aesthetics, and structural materials characteristics.
Minimum Requirements • A master's degree in architecture/engineering or a closely related field. • Experience with concepts, analytical techniques, and measurement equipment of building systems and architectural design. • Experience with building science data analytics and statistical analysis. • Two years experience with building management and automation systems, and building HVAC and lighting equipment. • Experience working as part of a group or team, in a team atmosphere.
Professional Competencies • Exceptional problem-solving. • Experience with software troubleshooting. • Excellent oral and written communication skills; attention to detail. • Demonstrated organizational, problem-solving, project management, and time management skills. • Self-starter, able to work independently. • Demonstrated overall commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity including the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Preferred Qualifications • Familiarity with Siemens Navigator and Insight building management systems. • Familiarity with EnergyPlus energy modeling software. • Experience with 3-D modeling software such as Revit, Rhinoceros, and SketchUp. • Experience with Adobe creative suite. • Familiarity w/ HVAC and lighting systems commissioning. • Experience with Excel, Matlab, R, or other programs to automate data handling.
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