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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/29/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Company
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
82728
AJE Ref #
576076086
Location
Berkeley, CA
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
Doctoral Degree

JOB DESCRIPTION

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In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division has an opening for a Energy Modeling Postdoctoral Fellow. The China Energy Group in the Energy Technologies Area conducts research and analyses on energy efficiency in China. The Group conducts technical and policy analysis covering a range of topics, including building energy efficiency and equipment efficiency standards, distributed energy system in buildings, end-use energy demand and energy supply trends and outlook, and energy and emissions modeling of national and subnational energy systems. You will perform statistical, technical, and modeling analysis, applying engineering and scientific concepts, with an emphasis on supporting the analyses related to building energy efficiency, retrofitting existing buildings, and refrigerant use in air-conditioners in buildings under general guidance on research direction by principal investigators (PIs)

What You Will Do:

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Analyze hydro-fluorocarbon (HFC) emissions from coolants used in air-conditioning equipment in the U.S. and China and evaluate possible lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) replacement coolants for the air-conditioning industry. Evaluation of the climate change impact of the potential replacement coolants.
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Conduct cost-benefit analysis of low GWP refrigerant use in air-conditioning industries and evaluate impacts of using low GWP technologies on global warming.
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Provide technical assistance on existing building retrofit in China and conducting cost-benefit analysis of existing building retrofit.
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Develop retro-commissioning plans for existing building retrofits and building measurement and verification methods.
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Review building energy efficiency standards and codes in China and the U.S.
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Modeling building performance according to energy standards with the focus on the difference between the U.S. and China.
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Model other kinds of building systems for efficiency including Direct Current (DC) power distribution in buildings and demand response (DR) for buildings and community scale in new Chinese electricity retail markets.
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Support distributed energy system and microgrid demonstration project development and system optimization.
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Contribute to the analysis and evaluation of the energy and environmental impacts of Chinas building sector and other energy efficiency and supply-side policies and targets to provide technical and policy recommendations.
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Using demonstrated technical knowledge of the China Energy Groups research, work with Group staff in development and implementation of models, databases and documentation of analytical results for project deliverables.
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Contribute to technical papers, reports, and project deliverables in the form of documentation, reports, project deliverables, and published papers in journals and conference proceedings.
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Communicate technical information to Group members and funders during seminars, workshops, and conferences and will provide technical and scientific support to different project teams, work with PIs to define the needs of the projects, and identify opportunities for increasing the efficiency and robustness of processes through analytical and computational tools and methods.

What Is Required:

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Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Architecture.
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Familiarity with low GWP refrigerants use in air-conditioning industry, related testing results.
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Skillful with building energy modeling and simulation with good knowledge of building standards in the U.S. and China.
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Skillful with building energy simulation tools, such as EnergyPlus and Modelica/Dymola
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Knowledge of HFCs use in air-conditioners and related requirements in the U.S. and China for refrigerants use. Analytical ability to evaluate HFCs impacts on climate change.
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Knowledge of distributed energy system in buildings and community scale. Model complex energy system in community scale with coupling of electricity, heating and cooling energy demands.
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Optimization problems, especially mixed integer linear programming
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Experienced solving MILP or non-linear problems, using Python, MATLAB, C , Modelica etc.
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Experienced at object oriented GUI development using C /C#, Phython, etc.
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Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other standard reporting software.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

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Demonstrated familiarity with energy efficiency programs, policies and technologies

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on July 29, 2016.

Notes:

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Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.
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This is a 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 of years paid postdoctoral experience.
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Salary will be predetermined based on student/postdoctoral step rates.
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This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
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This position requires completion of a background check.

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