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

Job ID: 309797

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Job Description

The Advanced Lighting Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), located at our Portland Research Center in Portland, OR seeks a Horticultural Lighting Engineer/Scientist to conduct and publish research pertaining to horticultural lighting use in controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) applications. In this position, the individual will conduct literature reviews and summaries, support the identification and development of needed testing and performance standards and metrics, develop ideas and methods in support of research on advanced LED lighting and related sensor capabilities in the CEA environment and how they tie in with other building systems.The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research in close collaboration with other PNNL analysts, engineers and scientists together with outside collaborators, publish technical reports and present related findings to large and diversified audiences, contribute to scholarly papers in open literature, and participate in national-level research efforts.The individual will play a central role in several cutting-edge or lighting relevant interdisciplinary research projects at PNNL, often including managing and/or serving as Principal Investigator of projects.

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 and thereby enable adoption of energy efficient lighting products that hold the promise of helping 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 of glare, flicker, and color; other 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 in controlled environment agriculture; and the potential role of lighting in providing electric grid services.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities :
Ability to maintain and expand career with increasing scientific\technical credentials in the areas of lighting science, measurement and verification, & lighting related CEA infrastructure using new and innovative approaches.

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

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

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level III: Manages small to moderate projects and/or project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. A proactive and collaborative approach to problem-solving with the ability to work well on interdisciplinary teams. A passion for learning and innovation, and a desire to advance the lighting sciences domain.

Level IV: Leads project teams by assigning operational tasks/projects/functions to proactively identify and promote new capabilities. Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of technical sections of large proposals. Takes lead in scope, schedule, and budget for projects\tasks. Demonstrates ability to acquire funding for self and task level teams. Serves as a role model for quality, safety, and security. Mentors staff and peers. Lead author or developer on a significant number of technical products. Recognized by sponsors and collaborators for delivery on important programmatic elements.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years’ relevant experience, Master’s degree with 3+ years’ experience, or Ph.D. with 1+ years’ experience
Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with 7+ years’ relevant experience, Master’s degree with 5+ years’ experience, or Ph.D. with 3+ years’ experience.

At least three years of professional experience demonstrating thorough understanding of horticultural lighting science and concepts including ability to apply and interpret basic theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies within one or more of the following areas of lighting science and practice:

Lighting use in CEA, including some combination of modeling, design, specification, installation, retrofit, commissioning, operation & maintenance, user interface, product or system design, manufacturing, lighting control, system integration, lighting energy codes or standards, recommended practice, sensors and controls, utility lighting energy efficiency program planning and implementation, laboratory and field testing, field measurement and verification, lighting system evaluation

Photosynthetic effects of different wavelengths over different plant life cycles

Other related uses of light, e.g., UV disinfection of pathogens, plant health inspection

Physiological or other related effects of light, e.g., human circadian and acute alerting; light spill and its potential effects on the night sky/environment

Demonstrated excellent English written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary team environment are required for this position.

Solid experience modeling energy use in CEA environments and interactions with other building systems desired . Familiarity with other applicable lighting design software such as Radiance a plus

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 jobs.pnnl.gov.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Energy Policy & Economics

Opening Date: 2019-09-11

Closing Date: 2019-10-02