Assistant In Research in Building Simulation Development

Orlando, Florida
May 03, 2023
Jul 01, 2023

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The Opportunity

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Cocoa is currently seeking an assistant in Research in Building Simulation Development. The successful applicant will help develop state-of-the-art energy and indoor air quality building simulation models, support lab and field research investigating new technologies for energy-efficient envelopes, HVAC and water heating systems, smart controls, grid-enabled buildings, energy storage, and integration of solar and electric vehicles. Applicants must have experience characterizing building performance, either through instrumentation to collected monitored data or conducting air flow and/or air leakage testing.

The FSEC Energy Research Center in Cocoa, FL, is leading the transition to a reduced carbon economy with research in building energy efficiency, solar and energy storage, K-12 education, and practitioner certification. Established in 1975, FSEC has been discovering, researching, and deploying new technologies for more than 45 years. The Buildings Research Division at FSEC has a long history in laboratory, simulation and field-testing of new energy technologies. FSEC research has been instrumental in overcoming market barriers for high performance housing innovations including radiant barriers, solar products, duct sealing programs, energy-efficient ceiling fans, energy ratings, green designation standards, and proper air barriers. If you have a passion for a clean energy future, come join our team. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must possess a master's degree in engineering, architecture, or science from an accredited institution and a minimum of three years of experience assessing building performance, or a bachelor's degree and five years of building science experience. A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a buildings-related or programming discipline or significant graduate level course work in building science or programming topics can substitute for the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of building science, HVAC controls, building simulation and experience programming code beyond classroom applications is desired.

Additional Application Materials Required

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload 1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) copies of all academic transcripts, and 4) a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

NOTE: : Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to: Robin Vieira, at

Special Instructions to the Applicants

This is a full-time, renewable 12-month, non-tenure earning position. This position is funded by contracts and grants and is intended to renew every 12-months, contingent upon available funding.

Occasional travel to conferences is expected.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees' on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region's talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It's one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation's top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF's expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at http//

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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