Building Systems Research Scientist\Engineer

at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Montpelier, Vermont, United States

Job Description


The Building Systems Group at PNNL is seeking a Building Research Scientist/Engineer/Analyst with strong interest in market transformation related to decarbonization of the building stock. The individual will be a project/task leader in a growing team of building scientists, engineers, and analysts developing innovative methods to achieve greater efficiency, optimization, and resiliency of residential (and sometimes commercial) systems including housing, manufacturing, and related energy technology and policy. The candidate will have a science/engineering education, enjoy working with people/stakeholders (including utilities, training organizations, HVAC contractors, etc.) and organizing information and projects in a way that is productive and can help with the ultimate goal of decarbonizing the building stock.

This position will support the development and implementation of projects designed to drive down the cost of emerging energy-efficient building technologies and accelerate their market adoption across many sectors with a focus on assessment of the distributional effects of technology and policy on a wide array of underserved communities.


The position requires strong communication skills, and the ability to both lead and work in teams with federal agencies, states, regional energy efficiency organizations, trade groups, utilities, and other program providers. The position will also involve communication with leading scientists, engineers and managers at the Department of Energy and its national laboratories, with consultants and academics, at utility and market transformation organizations, with manufacturers and trade organizations, and with all facets of the supply chain and market, including consumers.

The person in the position will:

+ Provide leadership in the design and implementation of campaigns and market transformation activities.

+ Lead the direction of and contribute to technical reports and white papers, website content, progress reports, case studies, technical presentations to critical stakeholders and external audiences, and assist in the planning and delivery of outreach and engagement opportunities, including expert meetings, workshops and industry conferences.

+ Will be expected to travel to attend conferences and present results of work in a variety of forums, support relevant education in public forums and webinars, in meetings with DOE and other national laboratories, in PNNL internal meetings, conferences, and in stakeholder meetings.

+ Hold strong, demonstrated writing capabilities and the ability to orally present information clearly and capably in a public setting.


Minimum Qualifications:

+ BS/BA and 5+ years of relevant work experience OR

+ MS/MA and 3+ years of relevant work experience OR

+ PhD with 1+ year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Master’s degree in business, marketing, public policy or closely related fields.

+ Undergraduate degree in building systems, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, or equivalent.

+ Knowledge and experience related to building systems, building science, mechanical equipment and project management.

+ Experience with communication, interaction, and collaboration with a range of stakeholders including manufacturers, supply chain businesses, trade groups, utilities, buyers’ groups, and consumers.

+ Development & implementation of market transformation\adoption programs focused on deployment of building energy efficiency technologies.

+ Energy systems servicing the residential sector including energy efficiency technologies and policies.

+ Market transformation barriers associated with decarbonizing the building stock.

+ Familiarity with building codes, especially residential energy efficiency building codes.

+ Familiarity with behavior of consumers, manufacturers, utilities and product supply chains and how they interact with and value energy efficient performance and grid interactions.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable

Additional Information

Not applicable

“Referral Eligible”

Testing Designated Position

Not a Testing Designated Position

About PNNL

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.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

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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.

Beginning 05/01/23, if you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

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.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.


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Job Posting: JC232888515

Posted On: Jan 25, 2023

Updated On: Apr 24, 2023

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