Assistant Researcher
University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

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Position/Title: Assistant Researcher

The Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR) at University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for an Assistant Researcher position. Within CEDR, the successful applicant will work primarily on research projects associated with the Center for the Built Environment (CBE). CBE is an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center established in 1997 with support from the National Science Foundation. CBE s mission is to improve the design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings by providing timely, unbiased information on building technologies and design techniques. For more information, see
Duties of Position

The primary responsibilities for this position are listed below:

Under minimal supervision from the Principal Investigator and other senior research personnel, independently and collaboratively perform research on the design, operation, control, and maintenance of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings, energy conservation in buildings, and the quality of the indoor environment.

Conduct research on several concurrent projects within the Center for the Built Environment (CBE). The ongoing projects that the successful applicant will join will include the following: (1) human subject testing in CBE s full-scale Controlled Environment Chamber, (2) full-scale testing of stratified system performance, (3) field measurements in selected buildings designed with advanced integrated systems using CBE s portable/wireless measurement toolkit, (4) CFD modeling of various fan-driven room airflow configurations and thermal performance of underfloor air supply plenums, (5) field and laboratory studies of personal comfort systems, and (6) EnergyPlus modeling of advanced low-energy building systems.

Manage all aspects of the day-to-day operations and maintenance of CBE s Controlled Environment Chamber, including the following: operating the dedicated HVAC system; identifying and programming new control strategies and approaches as needed to conduct experiments; selecting, installing, and monitoring suitable instrumentation; and fabricating personal control systems, localized fan units, and other devices needed for experimental mock-ups.

Participate in regular project meetings.

Supervise graduate student researchers and research associates on the use of the instrumentation, measurement protocols, and analysis methods.

Conduct analysis of research results.

Prepare instrumentation plans and statistical design of experiments

Write research reports and journal articles.

Participate in the writing of proposals to seek additional research funding.

Present research findings at CBE Meetings and other conferences.

Present guest lectures in building science courses within the Department of Architecture upon request.

Qualifications Required

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Thermal Engineering, or equivalent by the date of hire.

Familiarity with the design, operation, and control of HVAC systems in commercial buildings.

At least two years experience with the operation and control of a full-scale indoor environmental quality test laboratory.

Experience with managing human subject tests.

Extensive working knowledge of experimental methods (both lab and field), statistical design of experiments, heat transfer processes in the built environment, building energy computer simulation techniques, statistical and error analysis, and supporting computer skills.

At least one year s experience with the EnergyPlus whole-building energy simulation program.

At least two years experience with CFD modeling of fan-driven room airflow configurations and thermal performance of underfloor air supply plenums.

Excellent communication skills for presentation of results to architectural and engineering professionals.

Experience with technical writing, including at least three peer-reviewed journal publications.

The UCB Assistant Researcher annual salary is $67,400 $82,700. Final salary offer will be commensurate upon experience. The appointment date is for one year with an approximate start date of April 15, 2013, and is renewable up to two years depending on availability of funding.

To apply please submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and

three letters of recommendation through the online application system by March 15, 2013 at the following link:

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: .

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Job Date
March 15, 2013

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