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Postdoctoral Researcher - HVAC Systems
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Job Description

NREL's Buildings and Thermal Systems Center 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 HVAC components and systems, including conventional vapor-compression systems and emerging air-conditioning technologies, with an emphasis on liquid desiccants. The successful candidate should have a strong background and understanding of heat and mass transfer as it applies to conventional air conditioning, liquid desiccant technologies, or other heat and mass transfer processes.

Under the general direction of senior staff, the successful candidate will:

  • Improve, develop, and use first-principles numerical modeling tools of HVAC components and systems,
  • Develop and design new HVAC components and systems,
  • Perform laboratory experiments of fluid/thermal components at NREL’s HVAC laboratory, which features detailed measurements of airstreams (5-10,000 cfm), water, glycol, liquid desiccant, and similar fluids,
  • Publish papers in heat and mass transfer and energy-related journals.
Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Ph.D. with strong academic and research record in relevant HVAC field with emphasis on modeling and/or experimental work in heat and mass transfer. Mechanical or chemical engineering, or relevant dissertation research in other engineering or science field.

Strong interpersonal communication skills (oral and written), and demonstrated ability to work independently.

Demonstrated experience in some or all of the following:

  • heat and mass transfer fundamentals,
  • refrigeration cycles (vapor compression and non-vapor compression),
  • building modeling, including integration with HVAC systems,
  • liquid desiccant or absorption components and systems,
  • membrane technology, for use in HVAC systems and/or non-HVAC applications
  • laboratory experiments and data acquisition systems,
  • numerical modeling techniques and computer programming.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience programming in Engineering Equation Solver (EES), Matlab, and/or Modelica.
  • Experience programming in C, Python, VBA.


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