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Post Doc Research Associate - Advanced Lighting

Job Description
The PNNL Advanced Lighting Team engages in a broad scope of research related to energy-efficient lighting technologies and their applications in the built environment. This post-doctoral position will focus on conducting and reporting research on the potential for connected lighting systems in buildings and outdoor areas to use data to improve their energy performance and maintenance, and use their flexibility to provide grid services in response to electric grid signals. 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. Candidates may also propose a specific research topic for their appointment, for consideration by the PNNL Advanced Lighting team.
Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.
Preferred Qualifications
Candidates should have completed a doctorate degree with a research emphasis in a topic area related to the lighting science and application areas in the position description. Academic disciplines such as engineering, computer science, and lighting science will be preferred, along with consideration of the specific research addressed as part of the doctoral studies and dissertation.
  • Engineering or Science PhD degree

  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to fully apply and interpret basic theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies within one or more of the following areas of lighting science and engineering:

  • Using data from user interfaces, physical sensors (e.g., presence, count, light intensity and spectrum) and other sources to implement basic (e.g., modulation of intensity in response to occupancy or daylight changes) and advanced (e.g., modulation of intensity, spectrum and/or distribution in response to grid signals) lighting control strategies in indoor and outdoor settings.

  • Developing and executing test methods to characterize the performance of one or more physical sensors (e.g., presence or light spectrum), developing data and simulation models for those sensors that suitable for defined use cases.

  • Developing and executing test methods to characterize the flexibility and configurability of one or more building systems (e.g., lighting, HVAC), developing data and simulation models for those building systems and/or electric grid transmission and distribution systems, and performing simulations for defined use cases.

  • Basic principles of lighting technology and application, including light source technology, lighting components and systems, and lighting performance metrics.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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