Lighting Research Engineer/Scientist (Portland, OR)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland, OR
Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309753

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Job Description

The Energy Policy and Economics Group’s Advanced Lighting Team seeks a lighting researcher to investigate vision science and LED technology. In this position, the individual will plan, execute, analyze data from, and report on experiments related to flicker, glare, brightness, and/or color perception. Results are typically reported in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences and through webinars. Other responsibilities are likely to include literature review and synthesis, simulation/calculation, writing technical reports, producing articles for trade magazines, development of new metrics and specification criteria, and service on standards committees. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in close collaboration with other PNNL analysts, engineers, and scientists together with outside collaborators. The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience, and skill set of the successful candidate. The opening is in the PNNL Research Center in Portland, OR.

About Us :
The PNNL Advanced Lighting Team is composed of lighting scientists, engineers, and technical staff who are focused and passionate about conducting research that helps transform lighting markets to enable adoption of energy efficient lighting products that can help the nation conserve a significant amount of energy. Our research is focused on emerging areas of lighting science, including the visual effects of light on human perceptions; non-visual physiological effects of light such as circadian and acute alerting effects; advanced lighting control and new features and functions enabled by lighting system connectivity; emerging lighting applications such as controlled environment agriculture; and the potential role of lighting in providing electric grid services.

Accountable to the Energy Policy & Economics Technical Group Manager for growing/developing technical expertise and communicating development and infrastructure needs.

Accountable to Project Managers for performing project roles on time, within budget, and with attention to detail and quality.

Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches to solve challenges.

Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Mentoring junior staff and students

Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments.

Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Leads elements or sections of technical products

Contributes to proposals.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of relevant experience, Master’s degree with 0+ years of experience, or Ph.D. with 0 years of experience
Preferred Qualifications

M.S. or Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering, Building Science, or related field

Demonstrated understanding of lighting science and engineering concepts including ability to apply and interpret basic theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies related to the visual effects of light on human perceptions (e.g., glare, flicker, brightness, color)

Experience planning, conducting, and reporting on human factors research

Expertise in the area of flicker regarding metrics, standards, and product characteristics

Experience applying statistical methods to research results, including experience with statistical analysis software such as Minitab, R, SPSS, or SAS

Excellent writing skills in English

Record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Experience delivering presentations and the ability to convey technical information to both technical and nontechnical audiences

Experience with photometry and lighting performance characterization

Experience with data-oriented programming/scripting languages

Experience with developing new apparatuses and test equipment for human factors research

A proactive and collaborative approach to problem-solving with the ability to work well on interdisciplinary team

A passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance the building sciences domain through improvements in energy efficiency

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Opening Date: 2019-08-29

Closing Date: 2019-09-19