Postdoctoral Researcher - Advanced Building Equipment Research Group

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Postdoctoral Researcher – Advanced Building Equipment Research Group
CO - Golden
Position Type
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
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Job Description
NREL's Advanced Building Equipment Research group has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral position focusing on modeling and experimental heat and mass transfer applied to HVAC systems and buildings. The successful candidate will join team members on cutting-edge laboratory and analytical projects to research, develop, and evaluate heat and mass transfer components and systems, including conventional and non-conventional HVAC, thermal storage, dehumidification, and other building energy systems. The successful candidate should have a strong background and understanding of heat and mass transfer, including theory, numerical modeling, and experiments.
Under the general direction of senior staff, the successful candidate will:
  • Develop and improve numerical models based on first-principles to simulate heat pumping components and systems including the frosting and defrosting cycles.
  • Analyze the impact of frost/defrost cycles on the heat pump and the grid.
  • Perform laboratory experiments on HVAC components and systems at NREL’s laboratories.
  • Publish papers in relevant journals.
Basic Qualifications
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
Ph.D. with strong academic and research record in relevant heat transfer, thermodynamics, or mass transfer field with emphasis on both modeling and experimental research. Mechanical engineering, or relevant dissertation research in other engineering or science field.
Demonstrated experience in the following:
  • Heat and mass transfer fundamentals.
  • HVAC fundamentals and vapor compression cycles.
  • Experience programming in Matlab, Engineering Equation Solver (EES), EnergyPlus, python, or similar tools.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (oral and written) and demonstrated ability to work independently.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in heat pump frost and defrost modeling and/or experiments.
  • Familiar with the solution schemes for heat exchangers and/or vapor compression systems.
  • Experience in object-oriented programming.
  • Building energy modeling.
  • Laboratory experiments and data acquisition systems.
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: Postdoctoral Researcher / Annual Salary Range: $73,200 - $120,800
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