Research Associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michigan State University College of Engineering

United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Civil And Environmental Engineering 10016148
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in Dr. Kristen Cetin’s Building Energy Systems Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. This research focuses on the energy and daylight modeling of buildings and building systems, including both residential and commercial buildings, validated with laboratory and field-collected data. The overall goal in these efforts it to improve building and system efficiency, as well as their ability dynamically interact with the electric grid, while not negatively impacting occupant working and living in those buildings.

The Research Associate is planned to assist in two projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. The first project focuses on the modeling of dynamic shading devices, combined with other smart systems, in commercial buildings. Energy and daylight models will be developed of real and prototypical commercial buildings, and validated using field-collected data. The second project focuses on the development of multi-building energy models of buildings, and their ability to provide grid flexibility services at the regional scale. This will involve the development of physics-based model of different types of buildings and modeling their demand response capabilities.

Dr. Cetin will work closely with the successful candidate in a collaborative lab environment to develop the project and help the Research Associate achieve their current and future career goals.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mec

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must have a PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Applicants must have at least 3 years of building energy modeling experience. In particular, the candidate should have expertise in the use of advanced features in EnergyPlus and use of EMS methods, and associated co-simulation tools
  • Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience in lighting modeling, including DAYSIM, Diva4Rhino, and/or Radiance.
  • Applicants must be a proficient programmer, preferably in R and Python at a minimum; other programming language are welcome as appropriate and applicable to this field.  
  • Applicants must have strong oral and written communication skills, and be well organized.
  • Applicants are expected to be able to work well in an individual and team setting and be highly self-motivated.

Desired Qualifications

  • Research expertise in measurement and verification of building energy and daylight modeling with laboratory and/or field collected data  
  • Familiar with the use and processing of large sets of data, including quality control of that data

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit a detailed CV and 1-2 page statement of research interests as applicable to the position description.

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Advertised: Jul 1, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 1, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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