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Postdoctoral Fellow: Control and Optimization for Energy Systems and Buildings

This is a joint position between the CGBC and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). This position involves conducting advanced research on control and optimization for energy efficient buildings and large-scale networks. The research topics include but are not limited to designing control algorithms for buildings and electricity network systems, optimizing and implementing control strategies in House Zero project. The candidate will focus on and actively participate in proposal writing to secure more funding for future projects. The potential candidates will collaborate with researchers in both the CGBC and Prof. Li Na’s group on related research topics.
Requirements:

  • Highly-motivated with a strong mathematical background and interests in both theory and application.
  • Interest in smart building applications. Knowledge about HVAC is a plus.
  • Interest in electricity network systems, in particular optimization and control for power systems.
  • Good coding skills and a strong control background are preferred.
  • Post-doctoral candidates should either have received their doctoral degree, or have submitted their dissertation for final awarding of the degree.

The review process is competitive, based on academic record, as well as professional and extra-curricular experience. Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and any other materials detailing personal experience and research interests to cgbc@gsd.harvard.edu.

 

Updated: Post Doctoral Fellow: Computational Support for Energy-Conscious Design, Analysis & Operation »

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities in Cambridge, MA is seeking a researcher for a postdoctoral position in the area of Computational Support for Energy-conscious Design, Analysis and Operation, with an emphasis on environmental sensors, smart building components, data analysis and visualization, augmented and virtual reality, wearable technologies, and sensory mediation.

This research group explores beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines to instigate dramatic changes in the way we understand, experience and design space and energy. Existing and emerging projects in which the postdoctoral researcher could be involved include:

• Designing and implementing graphic and immersive visualization systems linked to sensors and building automation control systems

• Designing and evaluating sensor systems, algorithms, and smart building/city components that enhance comfort, efficiency, communications, and evaluation and control systems

• Designing and evaluating new wearable technologies to support architectural/urban design and enhance spatial and sensory experience as it relates to energy conscious building practices and lifestyles

• Developing data visualization and augmented and virtual reality techniques linked to building/city environmental sensors,wearable devices, and design and control systems

• Evaluating existing and emergent technologies within the “Internet of Things” that relate to energy performance and efficiency, comfort, control, and visualization

Ideal applicants will have a background in algorithmics, data science and computer graphics, and experience with app development, human-computer interaction, info-graphics, and building prototypes (software and/or hardware).  Additional experience such as with energy-related topics, image processing, computer vision, machine learning, and designing and running user studies is desirable. Innovative, creative, out of box thinking and demonstrated success working on teams are also important.

The review process is competitive, based on academic record, as well as professional and extra-curricular experience. Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and any other materials detailing personal experience and research interests to cgbc@gsd.harvard.edu.

 

Research Assistant »

The Harvard Center for Green Building and Cities may have a few Research Assistant openings for the 2017-2018 academic year. Research Assistants will work within the Center’s modeling and application dimensions; however, interaction with the economic team is possible as well.

The review process is competitive, based on academic record, as well as professional and extra-curricular experience. Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and any other materials detailing personal experience and research interests to cgbc@gsd.harvard.edu.