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.
Berkeley Lab's Building Technology Urban Systems Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be working in the Whole Building Systems (WBS) and Building Technology Departments of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division with affiliation with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Division at UC Berkeley. The purpose of this position is to conduct research and development in operating systems for commercial building control and diagnostics application portability.
The Postdoctoral Researcher is expected to play a key role in achieving the goals of Building Technology and Urban Systems Division by contributing to achieve the following objectives:
Provide technical leadership in developing and testing the OS, with applications in grid integration, model-predictive controls, and energy and fault diagnostics.
Coordinate internal and external communications with stakeholders and partners in technical development.
Evaluate needs and challenges of commercial building energy and services management systems and develop new technology to demonstrate new capabilities in communication and controls to address these challenges.
The position requires excellent ability to think innovatively and independently, to explore, test and demonstrate advances in (and the connections between) architectures for building system, device, and application integration.
Current research in LBNL's Building Technology and Urban Systems Department includes the development and application of building energy simulation, research on building controls, performance monitoring, glazings, window systems, high performance facades, management of peak electricity demand, networking and communications, and benchmarking of building energy performance. The Postdoctoral Researcher will focus on commercial building application integration platforms and will collaborate with Division and UC Berkeley staff on related R&D efforts.
What You Will Do:
Collaborate with Investigators (PI and Co-PI) to develop a commercial building operating system.
Work with PIs to develop the scope of research and R&D agenda; co-lead technology planning, the evaluation of alternative technologies and prototype development.
Translate RD&D agenda into a work plan with specific task and scopes of work; manage technology planning, the evaluation of alternative technologies, the production of technical documentation, and prototype development.
Work with internal and external collaborators and industry/owner partners to define technical strategy, use cases, functional and performance specifications, architectures to meet stakeholder needs.
Lead the software development and operating system build-out across a team of LBNL and academic partners; partners will be expected to contribute expertise from the fields of building controls, automation, computation and information technology.
Lead the execution of defined task areas under technical work plan including tracking and management of technical objectives.
Develop test plans and implement the operating system in an experimental test facility.
Serve as technical point of contact for licensing and intellectual property, interfacing with LBNL's Innovation Partnerships Office.
Co-author conference papers, and refereed journal articles.
Prepare outreach materials, technical reports, and presentations for internal and external audiences.
Periodic travel to conferences.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Interact with other researchers outside of LBNL and UCB regarding research activities.
Participate in group meetings and discussions regarding funding opportunities and research directions.
Lead a publications roundtable group to discuss state of the art in relevant R&D.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in a related scientific field (e.g. computer science, electrical engineering).
Expertise in large scale distributed computing, operating systems, architectures for distributed and centralized system control applications, and networking and communications protocols.
Strong hands-on experience developing, testing and validating software system specifications and requirements for platform and service architectures.
Deep knowledge in the latest and emerging technologies and how they can be integrated into new product solutions.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, uncover problems, and to identify and initiate appropriate actions for resolution.
Demonstrated experience in all aspects of research, development, and demonstration in the applied and engineering sciences.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
Publicly available examples of prior or current software projects (e.g. hosted on GitHub).
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity with software licensing and distribution, and intellectual property management.
Ease and skill working with a broad range of industry stakeholders.
Knowledge of energy efficiency, commercial building operation and controls and the smart grid ecosystem.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on August 10, 2018.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
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 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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