The Integrated Building Performance (IBP) Group in the Buildings and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a senior technical project manager position that focuses on applied research and development projects, financial analysis and training in the area of Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) for commercial buildings. This position augments ORNL's team operating in support of DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). FEMP facilitates the federal government's implementation of sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices to enhance the nation's energy security and environmental stewardship. This position would be a part of ORNL’s team to facilitate performance contracting project development for federal agency customers with multi-million-dollar ESPC projects and other alternatively financed projects.
The IBP Group works to optimize the energy performance of commercial, institutional and residential buildings through applied research, technical assistance, and technology deployment. The team’s comprehensive knowledge of buildings and energy use spans multi-building sites, whole-building systems, system components and building equipment.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct statistical analysis, research and evaluations on the performance of individual ESPC projects by reviewing all financial aspects of project proposals such as project financing, costs for individual energy conservation measure, savings and utility rates.
Evaluate and analyze the performance of ESPC programs for the overall program and trends within the program
Assess proposed costs of energy conservation measures in new projects using data from previously awarded ESPC and UESC projects
Develop methods of assessing ESPC and UESC financing offers and methods of reducing financing costs
Advise sponsors on the measures necessary for program and project improvement
Lead FEMP program outreach activities to promote third-party financing, including serving as a technical trainer at workshops and conferences.
Develop and provide customized training for community, institutional, federal and other public sector customers
Collaborate with program managers on new program development opportunities within the area of applied research pertaining to implementing ECMs and energy project financing
Guide and advise Federal agencies through alternative financing and procurement approaches to facilitate energy efficiency, renewable energy, resiliency and water conservation projects at federal facilities
Provide technical project management for the development of multi-million dollar alternatively financed energy efficiency improvement projects at federal facilities - from project idea to contract award
Monitor and report on progress on alternatively financing project portfolios
Identify key barriers to implementing energy savings performance contract opportunities, developing strategies for eliminating these barriers, and creating and implementing initiatives to enhance the implementation of energy savings opportunities
As lead author/contributor, write peer-reviewed papers for high impact scientific journals, conference papers, technical reports and sponsor progress reports to summarize the results of applied research and evaluations
Present research results to sponsors, academia, industry, professional societies and Laboratory staff, in the form of peer reviews, conference presentations and invited talks
Network with related organizations and interact with existing sponsors in pursuit of additional research funding
M.S. or PhD in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management, or related discipline; or B.S. in engineering with MBA. Required work experience for a M.S. or MBA candidate is 12+ years and for a PhD candidate it is a minimum of six years
Knowledge of building science, energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, heating and cooling technologies, and mechanical systems and controls is required
Experience with building energy modeling and analysis tools is required
Knowledge of Measurement and Verification Protocols (i.e. IPMVP) is required
Proficiency with the use of Excel and/or other tools in engineering data reduction, analysis and visualization (e.g. R, Python, Tableau, Power BI) is essential
Ability to work creatively and cooperatively as a member of an interdisciplinary research team
Excellent verbal and written communication skills to support regular interactions with sponsors, industry, academia and laboratory staff to prepare journal papers, proposals and reports are required
Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building, partnering and leadership
Willing to travel. You will be involved in meetings with DOE sponsors in Washington DC and will attend key conferences and workshops. Travel will be periodically required to visit federal facilities. Travel is estimated at 5-10 times per year
Professional society certifications such as: Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) or Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP)
Professional licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE)
Active participation (committee membership/leadership), in professional societies such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Internal Number: 4603
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of:
Scientific discovery—We assemble teams of experts from diverse backgrounds, equip them with powerful instruments and research facilities, and address compelling national problems;
Clean energy—We deliver energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing, and we study biological, environmental, and climate systems in order to develop new biofuels and bioproducts and to explore the impacts of climate change;
Security—We develop and deploy “first-of-a-kind” science-based security technologies to make the world a safer place.
ORNL supports these missions through leadership in four major areas of science and technology:
Neutr...ons—We operate two of the world’s leading neutron sources, which enable scientists and engineers to gain new insights into materials and biological systems;
Computing—We accelerate scientific discovery through modeling and simulation on powerful supercomputers, advance data-intensive science, and sustain US leadership in high-performance computing;
Materials—We integrate basic and applied research to develop advanced materials for energy applications;
Nuclear—We advance the scientific basis for 21st century nuclear fission and fusion technologies and systems, and we produce isotopes for research, industry, and medicine.