Building Controls Research Engineer

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Closing Date: 
Sat, 07/21/2018

PNNL’s Buildings & Connected Systems Group performs applied research that drives energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and connected systems to provide economic, environmental, security, and societal benefits to the nation. Our core research capabilities are in building performance evaluation, building controls optimization, and planning and execution of resilient building design and operations.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)’s Buildings & Connected Systems Group is seeking a controls engineer to support PNNL’s applied research in the area of building performance optimization. This position offers a unique opportunity to develop, demonstrate, and learn from cutting edge approaches to building Controls Optimization & Re-tuning (CORe)™, building control systems integration, and predictive fault detection and diagnostics. We are looking for candidates with practical experience with building HVAC control systems (design, programming, commissioning, or operations), analyzing control system data to optimize building performance, and developing diagnostic and prognostic methods to enable more timely and proactive operation and maintenance of building systems. The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator and have a passion for learning, innovation, and building performance optimization, and bring a collaborative approach to problem-solving. The individual will be responsible for developing technical approaches for assigned work, performing basic science and engineering tasks and activities with minimal oversight, contributing to portions of technical reports, journal papers, or conference presentations, interacting with internal and external clients in federal agencies, and working with interdisciplinary teams (e.g. experts in control systems, mechanical engineering, cyber security, network communications) to identify opportunities for building performance optimization while mitigating system exposures and risk.

Specific duties may include:
- Re-tuning federal buildings and refining re-tuning methods, and training energy managers in those methods,
- Supporting efforts to integrate diverse operating systems and control technologies into seamless platforms, including developing enterprise solutions,
- Develop, testing and demonstrating and documenting methods for automated predictive fault detection and diagnostics.
- The position is accountable to the technical group manager and project managers for project development and execution.

Minimum Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience, or an advanced degree.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen, have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel domestically.
- Must be able to pass a background check to obtain a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) and must be able to obtain a DoD security clearance to work with U.S. military installations.

Preferred Qualifications

- Experience in one or more of the following applications: control methods for building HVAC equipment and/or building systems, automated fault detection and diagnosis for building systems, building energy management, decision support for building system operation and maintenance, cyber security of industrial control systems.
- Knowledgeable of building heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment and systems.
- Experience doing building energy evaluations (e.g. ASHRAE level 2)
- Certifications in one or more control systems (e.g. JCI, Alerton, Niagara, Siemens)
- Demonstrated understanding of current challenges in building controls and related areas.
- Demonstrated experience in developing and applying technical approaches in the area of building control technologies and/or building energy management.
- Demonstrated innovation in emerging building performance challenges.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively on teams and with personnel in diverse job functions and levels of responsibility.




Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at