Berkeley Lab's Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join their Simulation Research Group!
In this role, you will conduct research, develop, and deploy new generation modeling tools for building design and operations based on the Modelica and FMI standards. Research will be for the Modelica Buildings Library in support of Spawn of EnergyPlus and OpenBuildingControl, and in collaboration with the IBPSA Project 1.
We are looking for a talented researcher with a strong background in software and in thermofluid flow systems and controls, who enjoys combining modern computing technologies for modeling and simulation of HVAC and control systems, integrating these technologies in large software packages, and working with teams that deploy them to the building industry.
What You Will Do:
Conduct research, develop, and deploy new generation modeling tools for building design and operation based on the Modelica and FMI standards.
Conduct research 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, and to support research in urban energy systems.
Conduct research, implementation, and distribution of computing tools for building and district energy and control simulation based on Modelica, FMI, and mathematical programming packages for design and real-time applications.
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 journals, present findings at national and international conferences, and work with industry on testing and deploying the research.
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Controls, Computer Science, Architectural Engineering, or related field.
Demonstrated experience in system simulation, building sciences and controls through publications, and developing mathematical models for building energy simulation.
Demonstrated 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, numerical methods for simulation, HVAC systems, their underlying thermofluid physics, and building controls.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to clearly communicate goals, parameters, objectives, and outcomes of the research.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team on multiple tasks and projects.
For full consideration, please apply by March 1, 2021 with the following application materials:
Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years of paid postdoctoral experience.
Salaries for postdoctoral positions depend on years of experience post-degree and are predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
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.
Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be performed remotely but limited to individuals who can reside in the United States once hired. Once Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, work may resume onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
The Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division advances energy efficiency and demand response in the built environment--one of the world's most critical energy and environmental challenges. Through research, partnership programs, and software tools, we promote energy and cost savings while improving comfort, health, and safety.
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