Associate Data Scientist (Building Technology)

Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division is looking for an Associate Data Scientist to join their Building Technology Group!

In this role, you will assist with writing codes to perform data analytics, including analyzing and cleaning data. You will perform basic energy modeling, maintain databases and open-source code, and perform data analysis. You will work with data from energy meters, HVAC and lighting automation systems, other building sensors, PV systems, batteries, microgrids, and grid signals. Additionally, you will assist with writing specifications, reports, and journal papers related to these activities.

What You Will Do:

  • Develop data-processing methods to assess the quality of the data, and to perform error correction and mitigation.
  • Assist with developing statistical models of the data to conduct different analyses (measurement and verification, forecasts, data fusion, control algorithms).
  • Contribute and maintain an existing open-source codebase.
  • Write code to build data-driven energy models for commercial buildings.
  • Provide data-related assistance to scientists, engineers, and stakeholders to conduct research in microgrids, building controls and analytics, equipment energy efficiency, and demand response.
  • Analyze data and make sure the data is well maintained in a database developed in collaboration with other project staff.
  • Assist with writing specifications, reports, and journal papers.

What is Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related data-intensive field and a minimum of 1 year of related work experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong experience with data manipulation, processing in Python-Pandas, and other Python packages (sci-kit learn, matplotlib, tensorflow).
  • Understanding of Machine Learning tools applied to regression and baselining.
  • Demonstrated experience with software versioning tools (git), time-series databases, and rest APIs.
  • Knowledge of building energy efficiency, grid-integrated energy-efficient buildings (GEB), and microgrids
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

What We Prefer:

  • Experience with research projects and developments in topics related to energy efficiency, semantic modeling, and microgrids.
  • Research experience in sustainability, energy efficiency, environmental technology fields.
  • Knowledge of demand response (especially in California).
  • Knowledge of microservice architectures.
  • Experience with IoT devices and related software.
  • Experience in writing academic papers or reports.

For full consideration, please apply by April 15, 2021, with the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.


  • This is a full-time, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, Term appointment with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of 5 years total or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Due to COVID-19, this position may initially be performed remotely but limited to individuals who can reside in the United States. Once the Bay Area shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted, work may resume onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The Building Technology and Urban Systems (BTUS) Division advances energy efficiency and demand response in the built environment—one of the world's most critical energy and environmental challenges. Through research, partnership programs, and software tools, we promote energy and cost savings while improving comfort, health, and safety.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab- Click Here.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals who share these same values and commitments.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Click here to view the poster and supplement: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

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