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Research Project Description

Research Participation Program – Building Technologies Opportunity

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

Boston, MA




Project Description

The fellow will work with the research team of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) Building Enclosures Program in Boston, MA on a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) sponsored research program focused on whole building energy simulations. Fraunhofer CSE's interdisciplinary R&D team is dedicated to serving the applied research needs of the sustainable energy industry, helping established industry players and startup companies alike develop clean energy technologies from the laboratory to the production line.  The Center has active development projects in the areas of energy efficient building envelopes, photovoltaic module, and grid impact of renewable energy technologies. For additional information please view our website at

The fellow will:

  • Work on development and experimental validation of numerical tools supporting thermal analysis of building enclosure systems and whole building energy performance simulations
  • Assist in design, development and validation of advanced numerical algorithms supporting thermal analysis of building envelope technologies
  • Participate in theoretical thermal performance analysis of building envelopes
  • Perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of selected building components
  • Participate in associated programming work
  • Assist in lab-scale and field experiments on building components and whole buildings
  • Participate in whole building energy modeling

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Building Science, or similar
  • An excellent academic record in a relevant engineering discipline
  • Experience in thermal and  fluid mechanics simulations
  • Excellent knowledge of numerical methods used in thermal analysis
  • Programming experience (at minimum C++, Fortran, Matlab)
  • Experience in thermal simulations and whole building energy modeling (at minimum an excellent knowledge of numerical methods used by THERM and Energy Plus)

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of building enclosure systems and architectural components
  • Experience in building thermal testing will be highly valued
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to accept a high degree of responsibility in a team-based organization, combined with ability to work independently
  • Going the extra mile to support the team’s research projects  

Duration: 1 year – with the possibility of extension for an additional year

Awards Made: 1

Deadline(s): Apply by September 15, 2014

Benefits: Annual stipend depending on experience. Additional allowances for insurance are also provided.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to