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Vehicle Climate Control and Thermal Management Research Engineer

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Colorado - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Company Name NREL
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P Vehicle Climate Control and Thermal Management Research Engineer
Golden, CO
Regular Employee
Lead testing and analysis of advanced technologies to reduce climate control loads for heavy- and light-duty vehicles as part of the vehicle thermal management research under the CoolCab and Electric Drive Vehicle Climate Control Load Reduction Tasks. The objective of the CoolCab task is to work with the trucking industry to reduce heavy-duty vehicle fuel use during idling and down-the-road. The objective of the Electric Drive Vehicle Climate Control Load Reduction task is to reduce the impact of climate control in vehicles by working with industry to develop more energy efficient thermal management and occupant thermal comfort technologies. This position is part of the Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems (CTTS) in Golden, Colorado.
Work with the NREL team and industry partners to develop and assess innovative and effective vehicle thermal load reduction technologies. Develop test plans, design experimental apparatus and methods, conduct tests, analyze data, perform modeling, prepare reports, and present results.

Develop test plans –Quantify the impact of advanced technologies on vehicle thermal loads, climate control systems, and fuel use. Investigate heavy-duty vehicle idle reduction and light-duty electric vehicle range impacts.

Design experimental apparatus and methods – Design new experimental test apparatuses and setups working with other engineers and technicians. Develop and apply new test methods to measure technology performance and help industry improve experimental approach. 

Conduct tests and analyze data – Conduct tests and analyze data using results to improve understanding of advanced climate control technologies. Use results to help truck and automotive industries improve design and influence the next generation of vehicles. 

Modeling – Apply thermal and fluid modeling tools in conjunction with experimental work to understand the design trade-offs of technologies and solutions over a wide range of operating and use conditions.

Use human thermal comfort based design to optimize climate control systems that minimize fuel use while making maintaining occupant comfort.

Communication – Prepare reports and present results both internally and externally. 

Comply with the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements as described in the Laboratory's ES&H policies and procedures.
Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.
Demonstrates broad understanding and wide application of engineering technical procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines.

Demonstrates leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
Strong heat transfer and fluid dynamics skills. Demonstrated experience with experimental methods, test planning, and laboratory procedures. Automotive climate control experience. Proficient with data acquisition software (Labview), Design of Experiments techniques, and uncertainty analysis. Experience with mathematical modeling and scientific computing. Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
Experience with automotive or building air-conditioning systems. Experience working with automotive technologies. Understanding of human thermal comfort theory. Knowledge of computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis. Previous experience working in a research lab environment. Experience working with automotive OEM or 1st tier suppliers.
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