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Energy Efficiency Research Scientist

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Published: May 4, 2018 (5 months ago)
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Energy Efficiency Research Scientist - 84771

Organization: BU-Bldg Technology Urban Systems

Discover your future at Berkeley Lab!

Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology & Urban Systems Division has an opening for a Energy Efficiency Research Scientist. Are you someone who has a passion for understanding how to make things work better?

The person in this role will enable energy and water consumption reduction in energy-intensive facilities. Building types like data centers, laboratories, clean rooms, and hospitals require unique expertise to optimize their energy and water performance.

Energy-intensive facilities have unusual operational requirements. Understanding how to improve these buildings requires specialized technical expertise. In addition, organizations that own or operate these facilities also have unique management challenges. This role requires a combination of technical and organizational research methods and expertise to thoroughly understand these unusual facilities.

LBNL values team science. We strive to provide an inclusive, collegial environment that allows our researchers to engage their intellectual curiosity. We encourage our staff to work on multiple research projects.

What You Will Do:

• Provide scientific leadership to design, conduct, and manage technical, economic, behavioral, and/or policy research enabling energy efficiency in energy-intensive buildings.

• Synthesize results of research into archival journal articles, conference papers, and LBNL reports.

• Present results at major conferences and other high-visibility venues for dissemination of results.

• Collaborate with internal and external peers (including industry stakeholders) as appropriate.

• Supervise other researchers, technical support staff, students, and interns.

• Prepare and present research proposals for funding.

• Serve on Laboratory committees supporting the scientific and operational excellence of LBNL.

About You:

• You have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a field relevant to technical, economic, behavioral, or policy studies of energy efficiency.

• You have knowledge and experience with electrical and/or mechanical systems in buildings.

• You are familiar with energy-intensive facilities; i.e., data centers, laboratories, hospitals, clean rooms, or similar.

• You have experience in designing and executing research projects.

• You have outstanding scientific research skills and a record of publication in peer-reviewed literature.

• You have the ability to work independently, take initiative, and exercise professional judgement in managing, executing, and completing projects and assignments that are intellectual and varied in nature.

• You are an effective communicator, both speaking and writing, with a demonstrated ability to research and write world-class peer-reviewed technical reports.

• You are an effective presenter who can engagingly communicate results to technical and non-technical audiences.

Nice To Have:

• You have knowledge of federal, state, and utility energy efficiency policies and programs.

• You are familiar with commercial building facility operations practices.

• You are familiar with measurement and verification of savings from installation of energy conservation measures.

• You have the ability to pass federal background investigation for non-sensitive positions.

• You possess a Professional Engineering license.

• You are a Certified Energy Manager.

• You are a LEED Accredited Professional.

Requested Application Material:

The following material must be submitted to be considered for this position.

• Curriculum Vitae

• Statement of Interest incorporating the following ideas:

• What is the area in which you want to be the subject matter expert?

• Why is that area important?

• What qualifications do you have to pursue it?

• Where do you see yourself in this role in 5 years?

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


This is a full time career-track term appointment with an expected end date of September 30, 2019. This position may be renewed to a maximum of five years and may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

Work Schedule: Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

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.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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