R&D Associate Staff Member – Weatherization Assistance Program: ORNL

Posted 4 months ago

The Energy Efficiency Research & Analysis (EERA) Group in the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) in the Energy and Transportation Science Division (ETSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a research position that focuses on residential energy audit development and training as well as applied research and development projects related to the implementation of residential weatherization programs. The EERA Group works to optimize the energy performance of residential buildings and residential weatherization programs through applied research, technical assistance, technology deployment, and program evaluation. The team’s comprehensive knowledge of residential buildings and weatherization programs spans multiple building types, auditing systems, and program impacts.

This position is part of ORNL’s team that provides technical support to the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). WAP is an ~$250M program that reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. The position would support the continued development and training associated with the Weatherization Assistant suite of audit tools used by states to implement the program: the National Energy Audit Tool (NEAT) for site-build, single-family homes; the Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA) for manufactured housing; the Multifamily Tool for Energy Audits (MulTEA) for multifamily buildings; and a Health and Safety Audit. This position would also involve conducting research and evaluations related to the implementation of WAP, including the non-energy impacts of weatherization, how to weatherize homes safely, and the improvements in work quality within the program.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

-Assist in the final migration of NEAT, MHEA, and the computer-based Weatherization Assistant application to the web-based application

-Identify and specify improvements to the existing suite of audit tools and work with a team of software developers to implement the improvements

-Work with the ORNL team to transition NEAT and MHEA to the use of the Energy-Plus simulation engine

-Provide technical assistance and guidance on providing mobile enhancements to the web-based application

-Provide technical assistance and training to states, agencies, and training centers on the use of the web-based suite of audit tools

-Conduct research on the non-energy benefits of WAP and how these could best be used within the program to justify the selection of weatherization measures

-Assist in the research of how to safely perform weatherization, especially weatherization involving vermiculite insulation

-Manage the evaluation of the current work quality being achieved within the program

-Support projects and collaborate with research staff and partner organizations on future research initiatives

-Write technical reports, conference papers, or journal papers to summarize the results of applied research and evaluations

-Present research results to Laboratory staff, sponsors, industry, and academia in the form of invited talks, conference presentations, and peer reviews

-Collaborate with program managers, network with related organizations, and interact with existing sponsors on new program development opportunities pertaining to energy audits and weatherization implementation

Basic Qualifications

-BS in engineering or Masters degree in a scientific or social science major

-Minimum of three years of experience with buildings energy efficiency programs, management, or projects

-Knowledge of building science, weatherization, and program evaluation

-Familiarity with residential energy modeling software and analysis tools

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office, with an especially high proficiency in Excel

Preferred Qualifications

-Familiarity with numerical calculations and statistical data analysis

-Ability to work creatively and cooperatively as a member of an interdisciplinary research team

-Strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building, partnering, leadership, and weatherization network interactions

-Excellent oral communication skills to support regular interactions with Laboratory staff, sponsors, states, and weatherization agencies

-Excellent written communication skills to support report and proposal writing

-Must be willing to travel

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