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Technology Researcher I

Cyclotron Road

Cyclotron Road

IT
California, USA
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2024

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Building Technology & Urban System (BTUS) Division has an opening for an Energy/Environmental Technology Researcher to join the team.

The EETR1 will be contributing to lab testing, physical and virtual demonstration, literature review, engineering design, data analysis activities and more. Working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and other stakeholders, the EETR1 will investigate project needs; propose and implement appropriate technical methods to satisfy project objectives; document project methods and results to support publication.

What You Will Do at Level 1:

  • Contribute to primary and secondary research on a variety of demand flexibility topics, such as building load management across end uses, EV charging management, building electric panel capacity management, distributed energy resources (DER) integration, and grid-DER communication protocols.
  • Conduct lab testing of coordinating grid signal with building loads and EV charging; implement industry communication standards (e.g., OpenADR, IEEE 2030.5).
  • Contribute to team work on the design and implementation of a multi-end use demand-flexible building/home energy system demonstration including loads and DERs; support hardware/software integration and coding of control algorithms.
  • Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate analytical methods.
  • Support the execution of demand flexibility research and demonstration programs including but not limited to data collection, metrics analysis, and technical assistance.
  • Contribute to technical reports, presentations, publications and outreach materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Provide resolutions to problems of moderately complex scope.
  • Collaborate with internal personnel and some external contacts.

In addition to above, at Level 2:

  • Contribute to the design of and own the execution of lab testing of coordinating grid signal with building loads and EV charging; implement industry communication standards (e.g., OpenADR, IEEE 2030.5).
  • Provide strong support and guidance to multiple demand flexibility research and demonstration programs including but not limited to research plan development, data collection, metrics analysis, and technical assistance.
  • Develop training materials on demand flexibility related topics for workforce development.
  • Resolve a wide range of complex problems in creative and practical ways.
  • Use data analytics packages (e.g. Python) and online collaboration platform (e.g. Github) to process, visualize, and model data generated from energy simulations, lab testing or real building data.
  • Write or co-author research reports and papers leading to successful publications.
  • Prepare and deliver research presentations to various stakeholders and at conferences to amplify research impact and attract research collaborators.
  • Interact with funders and collaborators on technical issues.
  • Contributes to the development of organization goals and objectives.

What is Required at Level 1:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field, with extensive professional technical experience or additional education related to the position duties, typically minimum 2 years.
  • Experience in research and analysis of building energy management systems or DER technologies (e.g., EV charging systems, behind-the-meter batteries).
  • Experience in contributing to lab testing, instrumentation, hardware/software integration, or other similar work that involves system troubleshooting.
  • Experience in collection and synthesis of data and information from diverse sources.
  • Experience applying analytical tools in the context of building energy research.
  • Demonstrated ability to make progress with limited supervision and effectively collaborate with internal and external players to support research objectives.
  • Ability to contribute to developing practical and sound solutions effectively to advance research, and know when it’s necessary to involve project leads.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage changing work demands while producing high-quality results.
  • Strong attention to technical details.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in developing analytical methods and use of computational and visualization tools such as Python and Excel.
  • Solid writing and presentation skills to clearly communicate research methods and results in ways that are appropriate for the targeted audience.
  • Ability to learn new concepts, technologies and tools quickly.

In addition to above, at Level 2:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a bachelor’s degree; or 3 years and a master’s degree; or a PhD degree without experience; or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in designing and executing lab testing, instrumentation, and/or hardware/software integration and troubleshooting.
  • Experience applying simulation and analytical tools in the context of building energy research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision and collaborate effectively with a team of researchers resolving different opinions and achieve research objectives.
  • Ability to lead team discussions and effectively develop practical and sound solutions to advance research.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage changing work demands while producing high-quality results.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in the following topics (not all required): behind-the-meter distributed energy resources technologies (e.g., EV, battery, PV), HVAC system; building automation and energy management systems; building controls and optimization; open communication standards; system integration and interoperability; utility demand response programs, measurements & verification (M&V); electrification; etc.

Notes:

  • For full consideration, please apply by July 1, 2024.
  • 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.
  • The full salary range for this position is $81,264.00-$137,136.00. The budgeted salary range that the Lab reasonably expects to pay for this position is $96,501.00-$106,659.00. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, and certifications, and also aligned with the internal peer group. 0.2 The full salary range for this position is $96,192.00 - $162,336.00. The budgeted salary range that the Lab reasonably expects to pay for this position is $114,239.40 -$ 126,264.60. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, and certifications, and also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • 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 primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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