Lawrence Berkeley NationalLaboratory has an opening for a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in Berkeley, CA.
Working under limited supervision, develop,implement, evaluate, and promote integrated demand side management systems(DSM) (i.e., controllable building envelope, lighting, and HVAC systems) incombination with distributed energy resources (DER) (i.e., electrical andthermal storage, renewable energy sources, and smart inverters). Develop,implement, and evaluate innovative algorithms for modeling and predictivecontrol of innovative DSM and/or DER energy systems. Develop and apply advancedmodel predictive control (MPC) tools to support development of climate-based,simulated evaluations of the innovative control systems. Implement thealgorithms with the requisite hardware (build prototype with sensors,electronics, and microcontrollers) for low-energy commercial buildingapplications. Develop and apply experimental methods to measure and evaluatethe energy- and non-energy performance (indoor environmental quality, controlhysteresis) of the controlled systems in laboratory, full-scale testbed, andoccupied building settings. Design, develop, and evaluate new controlalgorithms and post-processing algorithms using distributed energy systems andhigh fidelity sensor data that enable near real-time energy analysis of complexsystems related to DSM and DER systems. Develop and design experimental methodsto measure performance of distributed energy systems to develop controlalgorithms coded in hardware and software modules for integration with theutility grid. Develop and design innovative API communication gateways to allowresearch control of DER infrastructure items such as solar PV inverters,programmable loads, and batteries and thermal energy storage. Develop and applyadvanced modeling tools to support development and evaluation of DER systemswithin the utility grid context. Provide multifunctional technical support,broadly applying principles, theories, and/or technical concepts in science/engineering in combination with working knowledge of related fields. Usetechnical concepts and Lab policies and procedures to solve a wide range ofdifficult problems in imaginative and practical ways. Provide resolution to adiverse range of complex technical problems where analysis of data requiresevaluation of identifiable factors. Exercise judgment within generally definedpractices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtainingsolutions. Interact with internal and external personnel. Identify and developnew areas of research, manage project teams in fulfillment of projectrequirements.
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, MechanicalEngineering, Renewable Energy Engineering or related fields and 4 years ofrelevant professional experience, or Masters in the same field and 2 years ofrelevant professional experience in:
1. Developing integratedenvelope-, lighting-, and HVAC-related model predictive control (MPC)algorithms for thermal load management, lighting/daylighting, renewables,thermal and electrical energy storage, occupant requirements, and energy costminimization.
2. Using building energyanalysis programs (such as EnergyPlus, Radiance, and Modelica) for design andevaluation of innovative building envelope, lighting, and/or HVAC controlsystems for energy-efficient building design and operations.
3. Statistical analysis andforecast of utilization of a fleet of Electric Vehicles (EV) in the context ofproviding Vehicle to Building (V2B) and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) electricalservices. Those services might include ancillary services (e.g. utility gridfrequency regulation) or providing backup power.
4. One or more of thefollowing programming languages: Python, R.
5. Controls development inNational Instruments LabView and TestStand.
6. Electronic circuit designand construction. This includes low-noise data acquisition modules fortemperature, airflow, and light sensors. As well as interface modules tocommunicate with third-party shading and lighting controllers. Basicunderstanding of power systems to design and conduct Hardware in the Loop (HIL)experiments.
7. Working withenvironmental, health, and safety (EH&S) requirements associated withhigh-voltage electrical systems. This includes experience with hands-on work onhigh-voltage systems (greater than 60V).
8. Conducting research forfederally and state funded institutions (e.g., U.S. Department of Energy andthe California Energy Commission).
In addition to the listedskills, the position requires the following experiences, which can be fulfilledwith a Bachelor's degree and 2 years of relevant professional experience, or aMaster's degree with related coursework:
9. Developing simulationmodels and utilizing simulation platforms for power systems modeling andoptimization.
10. Managing projects andproject teams, using project management tools, and promote developedtechnologies to acquire new funding.
*This position is eligiblefor LBNL's Employee Referral Program benefit(s).
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