Berkeley Lab's Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division is looking for a Senior Research Technician to join FLEXLAB(r)!
In this role, you will provide multifunctional technical support to the operation of FLEXLAB including serving as a wiring person, carpenter, and electronics fabricator for the testing facility.
FLEXLAB offers a dynamic environment with a dedicated team and an opportunity to participate and support energy efficiency and electrification projects that can make an impact. FLEXLAB has conducted over $65M in research projects since launch, for a wide variety of sponsors including the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, utilities, building owners and manufacturers.
What You Will Do:
Install monitoring instrumentation for test cells, such as thermistors, airflow sensors, solar instrumentation, relative humidity sensors.
Produce detailed plans and purchasing lists for new hardware and sensor installations.
Monitor and maintain inventory lists of materials, tools, and equipment.
Provide technical guidance to other FLEXLAB employees, interns, and researchers.
Calibrate sensors to NIST reference standards.
Calibrate systems such as duct leakage measurements, infiltration measurements.
Light carpentry and mechanical system assembly related to experimental set-up.
Troubleshoot & maintain AC & DC low voltage instrumentation.
Troubleshoot AC & DC low voltage electrical systems up to 48 volts.
Calculate and test scaling values for sensor installations.
Collect, monitor, and test data.
What is Required:
A minimum of 2 years technical experience (or equivalent education/training) and 2 years of direct work experience gained in Building Technology, Data Acquisition, or a related field.
Experience assisting in fabricating, assembly, debugging, and troubleshooting of building technologies and/or research equipment.
Ability to collect, monitor, and conduct simple analysis of energy and environmental data, e.g., temperature sensor data.
Experience with general carpentry and fabrication including design, layout, and power tool use.
Experience with AC and DC low voltage electrical systems up to 24 volts.
Experience with standard office spreadsheet, word processing software, and analytical skills sufficient to troubleshoot discrepancies in data results and make routine recommendations on solutions.
Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work independently and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues in a dynamic environment.
Must be able to perform the physical requirements of the position:
Lift up to 20 pounds, climb ladders and stand for several hours as needed.
Work on roofs and exterior areas (e.g. central plant) as needed.
Work in confined spaces under the rotating testbed which has a safety procedure in place for access. Access to this location occurs roughly on an annual basis, or as needed.
What We Prefer:
Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent training/knowledge) in Engineering, Physics, or another science-related field and a minimum of 2 years of engineering technical experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with AC and DC electrical systems up to 300 volts.
Knowledge of HVAC control systems, including the ability to troubleshoot complex systems.
For full consideration, please apply 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, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay, Career appointment.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining agreement purposes.
Salary will be determined based on a range by the collective bargaining agreement.
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 performed 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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