Berkeley Lab's Building Technology Urban Systems Division has an opening for a Principal Scientific Engineering Associate. The Principal Scientific Engineering Associate (SEA) will provide technical expertise and scientific support for the implementation and deployment of Modelica- and FMI-based new generation modeling and simulation tools for buildings and district energy systems. The work will include participating in projects such as Open Building Control, Spawn of EnergyPlus and the Modelica Buildings and IBPSA libraries in Building Technology & Urban Systems Division. The Principal SEA will support the research with combining modern computing technologies, integrating these technologies in large software packages and working with teams that deploy them to the buildings industry.
What You Will Do:
Develop and deploy new generation modeling tools for building design and operation based on the Modelica and FMI standards.
Provide technical expertise and scientific support in how to extend and apply these modeling standards and numerical methods:
in the redesign of EnergyPlus to allow Modelica and FMI-based HVAC and control simulation,
in urban energy systems modeling, and
in energy system operation using mathematical programming.
Link domain-specific simulation programs to each other to support rapid prototyping, integrated whole-system level analysis and model-use during operations.
Contribute to papers for journals.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Present findings at national and international conferences and work with industry on testing and deploying the research.
Contribute to writing proposals and securing funding.
What is Required:
Bachelor's Degree in mechanical engineering, controls, computer science, architectural engineering or a related building science field and minimum of six years of relevant experience or equivalent experience.
Demonstrated experience in system simulation, building sciences and controls
Relevant experience developing mathematical models for building energy simulation.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Advanced degree (such as M.S. or Ph.D.) in mechanical engineering, controls, computer science, architectural engineering or a related building science field.
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 simulation.
Strong knowledge of HVAC systems and building controls.
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
Capable of working on multiple tasks and projects.
Able to solve complicated technical issues and research problems.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
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 primarily be performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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