Building Performance Standards Data Scientist and Analyst

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Building Performance Standards Data Scientist and Analyst
CO - Golden
Position Type
Hours Per Week
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
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Job Description
The NREL Commercial Building Controls and Analytics Group (CBCAG) uses engineering, applied science, and software engineering expertise to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in the U.S. commercial building stock. We are expanding the frontier of scientific knowledge that enables optimized energy use, generation, and storage in the built environment at multiple scales with equitable outcomes designed into our research. Our research significantly enhances the resiliency, efficiency, and affordability of energy systems across the United States and the world.
CBCAG data scientists and software engineers work in close collaboration with mechanical and electrical engineers, architects, policy makers, community program implementers, and building operators. This position will work primarily on the Building Performance Standards Technical Assistance team. Projects include supporting jurisdictions to merge complex building datasets into web-based NREL platforms, using Python and Jupiter notebooks to upload building data onto SEED Platform, presenting data and analyses to jurisdictions/clients, and performing analyses on SEED Platform and connecting platforms for jurisdictions based on technical assistance requests.
The successful applicant will be an innovative problem solver, work collaboratively to identify, design, implement, and test new analyses. They will be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary environment and successfully communicate technical building analyses to a variety of client audiences. Applicants will need to be proactive, self-motivated, and demonstrate strong self-management skills.

Basic Qualifications
Relevant PhD. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Experience in analysis of complex datasets.
  • Customer/client facing relationship management experience.
  • Expertise with data analysis, scripting workflows, and API infrastructure in a collaborative environment.
  • Expertise using Python and JavaScript including Django, Angular, or Jupiter Notebooks.
  • Some knowledge of the energy policy landscape and policy actors in United States.
  • Experience writing technical reports and generating compelling visualizations based on research results.
  • Experience documenting methodology of analyses for knowledge transfer.
  • Capacity to learn new programming languages and technology frameworks.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A familiarity with building performance standards.
  • Working knowledge of building science principles and building energy reporting terminology.
  • Visualization and GIS experience specifically focused on integrating complex and sparse datasets.
  • Experience working with local, state, or federal energy programs, initiatives, or offices.
  • Experience with software development in multiple scientific, engineering, and research environments.
  • Experience presenting technical analyses to non-technical audiences.
  • Experience writing papers, performing literature reviews, and in liberal arts-oriented settings.
  • Working knowledge of common 3rd party analysis tools, data repositories, and frameworks (ex: Salesforce, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, Pandas, TimescaleDB).
  • In-depth understanding of the energy-related challenges and opportunities inherent in metering, managing, and storing building data.
  • Able to understand and connect technical data analyses with practical policy solutions for communities resulting in actionable outcomes.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Researcher III / Annual Salary Range: $79,600 - $143,300
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Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.
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