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PNNL’s Buildings Systems Group performs applied research to enhance the energy and water efficiency, occupant productivity, and resilient operation of buildings and their connected energy and water systems. Our core research capabilities span building performance evaluation, building control system optimization, building technology measurement, validation, and demonstration, and site-level assessment, techno-economic and lifecycle assessment, and planning for energy and water resilience. We work closely with over 300 subject matter experts across the broader Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings Division to support the Nation’s transition to a sustainable, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through innovation and actionable solutions.


We are seeking a post doctorate research associate with interest/background in conducting lifecycle analysis (LCA) for building systems and materials. The primary project this researcher will support includes a multi-year assessment of carbon negative construction in the residential building sector, focused specifically on LCA for envelope, mechanical and components for modular construction. The successful candidate will have a strong background in LCA analyses and will use their technical knowledge and data analysis skills to assist with development of LCA methods, data collection and organization, development of analytical frameworks and analysis.


The successful candidate will be accountable to: Project and/or Task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project and field procedures, and performance of assigned tasks on time and within budget; and the Building Systems Group Leader, for staff development, performance evaluation, and operational discipline (e.g., safe operations). The candidate will apply basic engineering and scientific theories to conduct work that supports the selection and development of technical approaches to complex problems with oversight.


The individual will be expected to support our scientists, engineers, and analysts on tasks and projects; support the generation of new ideas for and contributes technical content for small to medium proposals; supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting for tasks; demonstrates ability to follow guidance, coaching, and mentoring; perform research, development, and analysis tasks with a high degree of quality, attention to detail, safety, and security awareness. In this position, the individual will collaborate with one or more principal investigators of current work, and directly contribute to one or more technical papers suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.