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Postdoc Employee EcoBlock Research California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 26, 2020
Title Postdoc Employee EcoBlock Research California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 4/10/2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Energy Technology

Postdoc Employee EcoBlock Research California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE)


The California Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to support the research and educational mission to build resilient energy communities around urban microgrids with 100% renewable energy. An EcoBlock is an aggregation of multiple properties and electric customers on a residential block, built as a retrofit with deep energy and water efficiency measures, communal solar PV and energy storage resources, and shared electric vehicles joined by a microgrid. Designed for Zero Net Energy, EcoBlocks will be capable of self-sufficient islanded operation in emergencies, as well as smart control of distributed energy resources to provide electric grid services to the utility. The prototype Oakland EcoBlock, scheduled for physical construction beginning in 2020, will feature a DC microgrid with ca. 100 kW of PV, flywheel storage, DC-DC vehicle charging, residential loads with ultra-high efficiency DC heat pumps, and advanced controls based on the DER-CAM and XBOS systems developed at LBNL and UC Berkeley. The postdoc will work with the project team to realize the prototype Oakland EcoBlock, and to develop a viable scale-up strategy for replicating EcoBlocks in different parts of the country and the world.

Appointment length:
This is a twelve month, 100% time appointment with the possibility of extension being subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start: Fall 2020.

The successful candidate's main duties and responsibilities will consist of the following:
  • Formulate and test hypotheses regarding the site-specific design of EcoBlocks such as resource sizing, resource operation strategies, and factors driving customer adoption.
  • Investigate the impacts of scaling up EcoBlocks, in one or more of the following dimensions: electric distribution systems, urban transportation, energy consumption and carbon footprint.
  • Identify key technical and non-technical challenges and help formulate strategies for successful EcoBlock scaling.
  • Assist in the preparation of academic publications, reports to funding agencies, general publicity materials, and the EcoBlock Handbook as a blueprint for designing future EcoBlocks.

Basic Qualifications
PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD degree program (or equivalent international degree) at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications
PhD (or equivalent international degree)
No more than four years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD in energy engineering, energy policy, or related field.
  • Three or more years of research in the area of energy applications or technology adoption.
  • Highly motivated and professional.
  • Broad contextual knowledge of energy systems, policy and regulation.
  • Deep knowledge in one or more of the following specific areas: solar PV, energy storage, building energy analysis, energy economics, energy policy and regulation, behavioral dimensions of energy use.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills in English, including public speaking.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, positive attitude and teamwork.
  • High comfort level with standard software and online collaboration tools.
  • Familiarity with microgrid design and operation.
  • Programming skills.

To be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position provides full postdoctoral scholar benefits.

Application procedure:
To apply go to

Job will remain open until filled.

Berkeley, CA

3 References required (contact information only): Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.

Please direct questions to:
Sascha von Meier (Email: or Tracy Turner ( with subject line: Postdoctoral Employee.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: ( prior to submitting their letters.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


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