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Lead Research Analyst - Energy Efficiency & Decarbonization Data Analytics

TRC Companies, Inc.
Oakland, California, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Join the effort to help decarbonize buildings across the United States! Use your motivation and mix of technical and analytical skills to drive energy markets toward cleaner and more efficient buildings by supporting energy research initiatives. Analyze real-world data to make long-term changes in how buildings, and Distributed Energy Resources generate, store and use energy that will mitigate climate change.

TRC delivers advanced energy, decarbonization, and resiliency solutions through program management, research, and advisory services across the United States. TRC's Research and Technology Commercialization (RTC) team (within the Advanced Energy practice) is focused on developing and deploying decarbonization and energy efficiency solutions for our clients - utilities, non-profits, local governments, and state and federal agencies.

The RTC team is seeking a lead research analyst with exceptional analytical skills to support research and consulting on programs, energy codes, decarbonization policy, and emerging technology market adoption. Candidates must have prior experience in at least one of these areas: building systems, building science, energy systems, or distributed energy resources. No project is the same, and you'll get exposure to lots of different types of work in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment. Projects will include analysis of energy efficiency, grid responsive buildings, decarbonization, distributed energy resources, human factors, and control systems.Collaborate with our team of engineers, data analysts, and policy makers to conduct research into cutting edge technologies.

Job Location - California (multiple locations).

Job Duties
  • Collect and analyze data on energy technologies
  • Apply your data science and analytics skills to large data sets from various data sources using scripting in R or Python, and other methods
  • Analyze building energy use, greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts, or indoor air quality (IAQ) effects using a variety of methods, including regression analysis and machine learning algorithms and tools
  • Provide technical oversight of other staff members for large data analysis
  • Collaborate with project team members to effectively communicate findings and produce high-quality technical reports suitable for both technical and lay audiences
  • Depending on candidate's skillset and interest: May conduct building energy simulations, conduct field work to deploy metering devices, or analyze market research data
The position will support a variety of projects including, but not limited to:
  • Energy Code Development of energy efficiency and decarbonization policies in local jurisdictions (reach/stretch codes), the State of California, and national model codes
  • Emerging Technologies Research & Tech-to-Market services
  • Market research and evaluations to inform utility programs
  • Other projects with the overall goals of decarbonizing energy systems for a sustainable and equitable future
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in a technical field related to physics, building science, engineering, statistics, architecture, environmental science (or equivalent).
  • 2 to 5 years of experience working in building science (including energy efficiency or decarbonization) and data science or analytics
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis
  • Knowledge of data analysis tools including R and/or Python
  • Ability to manage workload on multiple projects, set priorities, meet deadlines, work both independently and collaboratively, and communicate effectively
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, communication, and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet applications
Desired Skills And Experience
  • Driver's license; position may entail occasional travel
  • Experience with energy metering including measurement and verification (M&V)
  • Advanced M&V analysis and modeling experience
  • Experience with environmental sensors, Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, or other data collection approaches
  • Experience with EV charging infrastructure
  • Experience with demand response or load flexibility analysis, or application of load shapes
  • Knowledge of building energy simulation
  • Familiarity with building energy codes
The position title is negotiable based on the candidate's education/experience. TRC offers competitive salaries along with medical, dental, vision, 401(k) and other benefits.

California location preferred. Remote positions anywhere in the United States will be considered.

TRC Advanced Energy (TRC) is a nationally known energy efficiency consultancy. TRC collaborates with clients to develop and implement market transforming programs and initiatives that promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building in multiple market sectors across the US. These initiatives reduce energy costs, improve the health and safety conditions of buildings, while also helping the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. TRC acts nationally to address some of our country's most challenging problems: global climate change and energy independence.

TRC is an equal opportunity employer: We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. TRC is committed to promoting diversity and equity within the clean energy sector. Different backgrounds and perspectives are essential to the utility of the future, and we encourage applications from candidates of color and other under-represented groups in the field of energy research.
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