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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate Research Associate - Building Energy Simulation in Richland, Washington

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division is one of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's most innovative teams. We are talented, award-winning administrators, specialists, technicians, managers, scientists and engineers, and we're working at the forefront of some of America's toughest energy challenges. Our mission is to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to energy challenges that have impacts on a national-scale. We employ a systems perspective that addresses technological, economic, regulatory, and market barriers to improve the nation's energy systems from generation to end-use. We provide transparent, reproducible, and unbiased results to guide policy and technological innovation.


The Buildings & Connected Systems Group at PNNL is seeking a Post Doctorate Research Associate with a focus on building energy simulation to support the development and use of PNNL’s large-scale building energy modeling infrastructure and associated analytical tools for research areas including:

  • Residential and Commercial Prototype Building Models development in EnergyPlus and OpenStudio

  • Development / Enhancement of the EnergyPlus and OpenStudio platforms and their associated tools

  • National and regional building energy code upgrades, such as ASHRAE Standard 90.1, International Energy Conservation Code, ASHRAE Standard 189.1

  • Energy impacts of building energy code compliance

  • Resilience of building energy systems

  • Grid-interactive efficient building design and controls

  • Urban-scale building modeling for building-to-grid research


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Graduate degree in Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Building Sciences or related fields

  • Solid background knowledge in building physics and building energy systems

  • Experience in creating building energy simulation models in EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, or other similar software

  • Strong programming skills in Python, Ruby, C++, R, or Perl

  • Experience in developing building energy modeling software, such as EnergyPlus and OpenStudio

  • Design or research experience in one or more of the building energy systems: building envelope, HVAC, lighting, controls, and service hot water.

  • Experience working collaboratively with Git repository

  • Development and implementation of containerized workflow for institutional high-performance computing or cloud computing

  • Experience in conducting field or laboratory measurements of building energy systems and indoor environment parameters

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong research skills to support research projects

  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving in areas that do not have clear or established solutions or outcomes and the ability to work well with inter-disciplinary and geographically distributed teams.

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Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

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Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.