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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Senior Building Water Management Engineer/Scientist in Bismarck, North Dakota


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 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 and water systems through innovation and actionable solutions.

We are seeking an experienced engineer/scientist with a background in building water management to conduct research and provide technical leadership and support in the areas of building water management and resilience including system performance evaluation, technology testing and demonstration, tool development, policy development, and training for federal and commercial facilities. The successful candidate will use their technical expertise and apply science and engineering principles and theories to:

  • Develop new assessment methods for building water and infrastructure systems

  • Analyze building performance for efficiency and resilience

  • Test/demonstrate new technologies

  • Support the development of federal policy

  • Provide technical assistance to federal agencies in the areas of water management and resilience


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Project and/or task Managers for performing assigned roles, following applicable project and field procedures, and performing assigned tasks on time and within budget;

  • Working with the Building Systems Group Leader, and Building Sustainability Team Leader, for staff development, performance evaluation, and operational discipline (e.g., safe operations)

The successful candidate will have building specialization in at least one science or engineering domain and will have the ability to select and develop technical approaches to complex problems with occasional oversight.

The individual will serve as a Principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on projects or tasks, integrating work of team members. The individual will lead development of technical products, generate new ideas for and contribute to technical content for small to medium proposals, support scoping, scheduling, and budgeting for major tasks, demonstrate ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams, serve as a role model for quality, safety, and security, mentor junior staff, and establish roles in professional communities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 7+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • MS/MA and 5+ years of relevant work experience -OR-

  • PhD with 3+ year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in civil/environmental engineering, buildings sciences, water resources, environmental science, or related field preferred

  • Experience in federal water management with knowledge of federal water requirements

  • Experience in water management at the building or campus level including conducting comprehensive evaluations to recommend efficiency and resilience solutions

  • Practical experience analyzing building- or campus-scale water systems, including design, commissioning, operations and maintenance, or auditing

  • Knowledge of water systems and related infrastructure including an understanding of system design and hydraulic modeling

  • Experience setting up experimental research and technology demonstrations

  • Basic programming skills for data analysis (e.g. Python, R)

  • A collaborative approach to problem-solving and the ability to work well with geographically distributed and interdisciplinary teams

  • Demonstrated ability to write concisely and clearly. A technical writing sample is required

  • A passion for learning and innovation to advance energy and water efficiency

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

No hazardous working conditions / environment are anticipated for this position.

Additional Information

“Referral Eligible”

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 careers@pnnl.gov .

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.

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.

Rockstar Rewards

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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