Jobs at Oberlin

Jobs at Oberlin

Jobs at Oberlin

Sustainable Energy Technology Research Fellow

Posted Date: Jul 02, 2014
Application Due Date: Jul 14, 2014
Department: Environmental Studies Program and the Office of Environmental Sustainability


The Environmental Studies Program and the Office of Environmental Sustainability at Oberlin College invite applications for the position of Sustainable Technology Research Fellow. This is a full-time, one-year position (renewal for additional years contingent on grant funding), beginning on August 1, 2014, jointly reporting to Professor of Environmental Studies, John Petersen, and Meghan Riesterer Assistant Vice President of Energy Management and Sustainability and will work closely with the Project Manager for Environmental Dashboard.

 The successful candidate will play a central role in the development and management of hardware, software and data associated with “Environmental Dashboard,” a novel technological system that provides community residents, faculty, students and facilities personnel with real-time feedback on energy, water, and other environmental conditions in residential and commercial buildings at the College in the in City of Oberlin.  More information on the project can be found at:  Specific responsibilities include:

Manage monitoring hardware to ensure that it remains functional.  This includes “ground truthing” metering technology installed in campus buildings and in facilities within the community to ensure that they deliver and continue to deliver accurate data.

Manage data display hardware and web technologies that includes a server, a website, digital signage and “Environmental Orbs” on the Oberlin College campus and in the city.

Actively participate in and provide technical support for the expansion of the existing electricity, heat and water monitoring system at Oberlin College to include all campus buildings as well as its central heating plant.

Oversee implementation of a system to acquire data from utility meters through  “smart metering” technology.

Assist facilities personnel, faculty and students in accessing and interpreting data on the environmental performance of buildings.

Assist in managing students who work on the project.

The hire is expected to divide their time approximately equally between on and off-campus components of the Dashboard System.

:  We seek an individual with a minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience, with advanced computer skills.  We are looking for someone with strong leadership potential and organizational skills who is excited by the opportunity to develop and manage novel technology designed to motivate and empower citizens, students, staff, and facility operators to be smart users of energy and water and to take care of the environment. Reliability, creativity, ability to independently troubleshoot and solve technical problems and to collaborate as a team member are essential.  

Desired Qualifications
:  General hardware and software problem solving skills and experience; Computer Programing (e.g. PHP/Bash/Python); database management (SQL); Linux system administration and system hardware management experience; web design (HTML5, CSS, Javascript, WordPress); hobby electronics (e.g. arduino, raspberry pi), project management; supervision of students.  It is not essential that applicants have all of these skills and experiences, but we are looking for someone who has substantial knowledge of computer systems and the demonstrated ability to learn and teach themselves new skills as needs arise.  We are looking for someone who has a demonstrated interest in energy and a desire to develop expertise in managing energy systems.  The candidate should be familiar with basic principles such as the different contexts in which terms such as kW, kWh and BTU/sf, therms are used and how to interpret the subtleties of utility bills.  Must be comfortable working with building mechanical equipment and working with building operators, facilities managers and trades people.  

:  Within the range established for this position, salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

To Apply
:  Applicants should submit a résumé, along with a cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position and contact information for at least three references to: Dr. John Petersen, Oberlin College, 122 Elm Street, Oberlin, OH 44074, or Review of applications will begin on July 14 and will continue until the position is filled.

APS14-247R   /   July 2, 2014