Fraunhofer USA CMI Job Postings

Project Engineer: Building Energy Analysis Engineer

Project Engineer: Building Energy Analysis Engineer

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI in Boston, MA is part of Fraunhofer USA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit contract R&D organization. The Energy Systems team, located in Boston, MA, solves challenging applied research problems for the sustainable energy community. Our team of scientists and engineers works in partnership with clients ranging from the Federal Government and established companies to start-ups to develop, pilot, and validate technologies in the areas of building energy systems and grid-integration of renewables. To learn more about our work, please visit: https://www.cmi.fraunhofer.org/en/services/energy-systems.html.

About the Position:

The Energy Systems team acquires and analyzes novel data sources to derive insights into building energy performance. In particular, we have several multi-year RD&D projects that leverage emerging data streams (e.g., from communicating thermostats and boilers, whole-building and sub-metered/disaggregated electric power) to: 1) develop data-driven models for major building systems and equipment to forecast their energy consumption and flexibility; 2) analyze and evaluate the real-world performance of building technologies; and 3) identify energy-wasting faults and performance optimization opportunities. Ultimately, this work supports the transition to a sustainable energy future by reducing building energy consumption while enabling the electric grid to accommodate large quantities of renewable electricity and new demand from the electrification of space and water heating and transportation. 

We seek a motivated team member to develop, test, and evaluate models and algorithms to predict the real-world energy performance of building equipment and systems, and to help acquire and analyze large datasets obtained from field testing. You will also contribute to new project proposals, as well as publication in top-tier journals and conferences. This position has a high degree of growth potential and is an excellent opportunity for a talented analytically inclined engineer with strong interest in sustainability to address challenging and impactful problems.

Responsibilities:

• Apply data-driven techniques and physics-based analysis to model the energy performance of building equipment and systems.

• Acquire, analyze, and evaluate data from field tests to evaluate the real-world energy performance of buildings and building technologies.

• Develop and specify custom data acquisition solutions to support data collection.

• Co-author reports and research papers that effectively communicate research findings to different audiences, as well as government and industrial proposals.

 

Required Education and Experience:

• Advanced degree in building science, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, or a similar field or equivalent experience.

• Experience with building systems or technologies strongly preferred.

• Experience with programming (e.g., Python, MATLAB). 

• Strong interest in learning/applying analytical techniques to “noisy” real-world problems. 

• Enthusiasm and aptitude for working with data and designing, building, troubleshooting, and testing data acquisition systems.

• Experience with databases and multi-GB datasets a plus. 

• Strong verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills. 

• Ability to work effectively independently with limited oversight.

 

In your cover letter, please explain what motivates you to apply and succinctly describe your most relevant work experience. Applications lacking a cover letter may not be seriously considered.

Fraunhofer USA is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer of individuals with disabilities, protected veterans and is a federal contractor and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Upon request, Fraunhofer USA will make accessible to applicants its Affirmative Action. VEVERRA and Section 503 Plans. 

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Building Information Modeling Engineer

The Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation CMI in Boston, MA is part of Fraunhofer USA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit contract R&D organization, affiliated with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D group. Fraunhofer USA CMI's interdisciplinary Energy Systems team is dedicated to serving the applied research needs of the sustainable energy community, helping established industry players and startup companies develop and deploy clean energy technologies. The Center has active projects in the areas of building energy systems, deep energy retrofits, and integrating renewable energy with the electric grid. For additional information please view our website at https://www.cmi.fraunhofer.org/en/services/energy-systems.html.

About the Position:

We seek a team member to work closely with the Energy Systems team to develop, test, and evaluate algorithms that enable digitalization of the deep energy retrofit design and delivery processes. You will also contribute to new project proposals and the design of field-testing experiments, as well as publication in top-tier journals and conferences.

Specifically, the position will focus on developing computational algorithms that automatically convert laser scan point cloud data from residential building exteriors into dimensionally accurate geometric models of different building elements, such as opaque walls, windows, doors, soffits, power meters, etc. The methods may involve image processing techniques to segment data and machine learning techniques to classify the segments into different building elements (doors, windows, power meters, etc.). You will also develop algorithms to solve for the optimal set of insulated panels to clad the opaque wall areas extracted by the point-cloud data processing algorithm.

Responsibilities:

• Develop algorithms for processing point-cloud data to reliably extract the edges of building façade elements and accurately characterize their dimensions.

• Validate the developed algorithms using point cloud data and images and measurement from actual buildings.

• Develop a software solution that solves for the optimal set of insulated panels to clad opaque wall areas.

• Help integrate the point-cloud processing algorithms with other portions of the digital workflows to create an automated end-to-end process.

• Contribute to and co-author reports and research papers that effectively communicate research findings to different audiences, as well as government and industrial proposals.

Required Education and Experience:

• Master’s or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field with a focus on data processing or equivalent experience.

• Experience applying image processing techniques (e.g., image segmentation, edge detection) is preferred.

• Experience with programming (e.g., Python, MATLAB) and databases.

• A strong interest in applying analytical techniques to “noisy” real-world problems and in learning and applying new techniques.

• Building energy systems experience preferred but not essential.

• An excellent academic record.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills.

• Ability to work effectively independently with limited oversight.

 

In your cover letter, please explain what motivates you to apply and succinctly describe your most relevant work experience.

 

Fraunhofer USA is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer of individuals with disabilities, protected veterans and is a federal contractor and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Upon request, Fraunhofer USA will make accessible to applicants its Affirmative Action. VEVERRA and Section 503 Plans. 

 

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