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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Engineer III – Building Performance Standards in Boston, Massachusetts


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division (EI&BD) of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a decarbonized, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through basic and applied research. We leverage a strong technical foundation in power and energy systems and in advanced data analytics to drive innovation, transform markets, and shape energy policy.

This position is in the Building Simulation and Design Group (BS&DG) within EI&BD. BS&DG models and analyzes the impacts of policies and standards to advance energy efficiency in new construction, develops tools and workflows, and deploys them to speed the adoption of energy-efficient technologies. The Group stewards core research capabilities in building energy simulations, building energy policy, tool development for building applications, and electrical systems engineering.

The BS&DG is looking for a Research Engineer III – Building Performance Standards (BPS) to take a leading role in research, analysis, and technical assistance to support the development, adoption, and implementation of BPS and other emerging policies for high-performance and decarbonized buildings (e.g. advanced energy codes).


The selected candidate will use their knowledge and training in building sciences/systems, practical experience with high-performance commercial and multi-family building design, performance evaluation, energy retrofits, and portfolio management, and understanding of innovative building energy policy tools to help drive their implementation. Key activities will include:

  • Developing and refining analysis processes and tools for implementation, compliance, and enforcement of BPS policies.

  • Analyzing energy, engineering, and economic data of new and existing buildings to inform policy decisions.

  • Working in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams in PNNL and various stakeholders to assess and document the impact of BPS policies in terms of energy and emissions savings, conduct studies, and make recommendations on the alignment of BPS policies and new construction codes.

  • Providing direct technical assistance in BPS and building energy code policy to states, local governments, and non-profit organizations.

  • Developing technical resources to support policy development and implementation, covering topics ranging from equitable policy development to compliance pathway alternatives.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 5 years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • MS/MA and 3 years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • PhD with 1 year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Develop or contribute to research proposals for new project opportunities

  • Select and develop technical approaches to projects

  • Serve as the principal investigator or co-PI on multiple, complex projects and/or large tasks

  • Lead scoping, scheduling, and budgeting for projects/tasks

  • Demonstrate ability to acquire funding for self and task-level teams

  • Manage research project teams with internal and external contributors

  • Lead or contribute to the development of technical reports

  • Represent PNNL at technical and policy conferences and forums

  • Maintain productive engagements with funding sponsors and various external collaborators

  • Mentor early career staff

  • Uphold a high standard for quality, safety, and security

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

Not applicable.

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement

In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential. To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation. This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year. This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

  • Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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Minimum Salary

USD $107,900.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $161,700.00/Yr.