Energy/Environmental Technology Researcher

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Berkeley, CALIFORNIA

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL ) Building Technology and Urban Systems Division has an opening for an Energy/Environmental Technology Researcher to join the team.


The Building and Industrial Applications (BIA) Department collaborates with governments, utilities and industry to encourage more efficient use of energy and other resources towards a decarbonized industrial sector. We accomplish this by developing energy, demand management and GHG reduction practices, standards, policies, analysis and technologies. We perform our work in the U.S. and throughout the world.


In this role you will support the efforts to evaluate the performance of emerging technologies in real-world industrial settings that claim to reduce carbon, energy, and/or water in the industrial sector. This includes developing profession, high quality technical reports and preparing presentations summarizing results from evaluations to quantify performance improvements from the proposed technologies. 


What You Will Do:

  • Supports evaluation of projects installing emerging technologies in real-world industrial settings that claim to reduce carbon, energy, and/or water in the industrial sector.
  • Develop M&V plans to evaluate the new and emerging technologies documenting ways to characterize the baseline and post retrofit performance including developing scopes and schedules
  • Conduct and support plant site visits to execute an M&V plan including collecting data from existing data acquisition systems, setup field monitoring equipment / data loggers, completing functional performance tests, and discussing project implementation with the site and technology vendor.
  • Conduct energy modeling, economic analysis, and/or simulation to quantify impacts of emerging technologies (using spreadsheets and/or energy modeling software) based on the M&V plans
  • Writes technical reports and prepare presentations summarizing results from evaluations to quantify performance improvements from the proposed technologies
  • Provides professional, high-quality deliverables that demonstrate technical excellence, objectivity, and clarity within a given project budget and schedules.
  • Must be able and willing to travel up to 20%.


What is Required:

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required, in Mechanical, Industrial, or related engineering field of study.
  • 2 years of engineering experience or similar related to the energy projects in the commercial and/or industrial sector (assessing, implementing or evaluating).
  • Knowledge about data instrumentation and acquisition systems. 
  • Strong background in data - collection, quality control and analysis. 
  • Knowledge of the industrial sectors (e.g., paper pulp, steel, cement) and their end use equipment and their energy usage patterns and efficiencies. 
  • Knowledgeable and skilled engineer with background in energy, water efficiency and decarbonization in the industrial sector.
  • Strong quantitative and technical skills to organize and conduct technical analysis.
  • Strong background in using Excel, Python, Matlab or other tools to conduct data analysis. 
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality results on time and within budget.
  • Strong attention to detail and willingness to learn and adapt as needed.


Desired Qualifications:

  • An understanding of energy savings opportunities and technologies for industrial systems (process heating and cooling, HVAC, compressed air, refrigeration, etc.).
  • Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) Accreditation or Performance Measurement and Verification Expert (PMVE) Accreditation or ability to obtain.
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Accreditation.


For Full Consideration please apply by June 19, 2024 with the following application materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter



  • Must be able to start by July 1, 2024.
  • This is a full time 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • This position is expected to pay $81,264- $101,580, which fits within the full salary range of $81,264-$137,136 for the R20.1. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, and aligned with the internal peer group.
  • 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.
  • This position is eligible for a flexible work mode, with onsite or hybrid work being the preferred modes. Hybrid work is a combination of teleworking and performing work on-site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab. Work schedules are dependent on business needs.



Learn About Us:

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 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here .


Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments.


Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. 


Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:

Know your rights, click here for the supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.

Similar Positions