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R1 Research HVAC Control (NºRef. 32/2019)

Resolution date September 16th 2019

Proposal for the assignement of R1 Research HVAC Control (NºRef. 32/2019)

Publish date July 26th 2019
NºRef. 32/2019



Project Engineer – HVAC Control
Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group

The applicant will work as a first stage research engineer in projects related to Net Zero Energy Buildings and Communities, DER (Distributed Energy Resources) integration and energy management systems in buildings. He/she will report to the Head of the Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group and to the lead-Researcher of Building Performance research line.

The Research Group
The research will be embedded in the Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group which main research subject is the Integrated and Systemic approach for Zero Energy Communities, Buildings and Industries. The group’s special focus is on the Mediterranean and other warm weather regions. The vision is to build an applied research group that contributes to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) through energy efficiency measures, production of clean energy, and integration of distributed renewable energy sources (RES).
The research group is also managing the Semi-Virtual Energy Integration Laboratory (SEILAB) which provides advanced expertise to assess the development and integration of renewable energy solutions and innovative thermal and electrical equipment that are designed to improve energy efficiency in buildings and energy systems. The laboratory is provided with cutting-edge technology comprising systems for energy generation, heat and cool storage and state-of-the-art facilities for testing HVAC equipment and the interaction of energy systems with the grid. The laboratory operation is based on a semi-virtual testing approach, which allows for real equipment to be operated as a function of the behaviour of a dynamic virtual model. The laboratory is pioneer in addressing the smart integration of electrical and thermal components and aims to become a leading experimental facility for improving the development of Net Zero Energy Buildings.

He /she will be involved in tasks such as energy simulation of buildings and HVAC systems, integration of renewable energies in buildings and/or systems, and experimental work related to HVAC systems in buildings (data analysis, preparation of tests, running experimental tests). Integrated in a multi-disciplinar team, the candidate is expected to run research activities as part of international projects or projects with industrial partners. He / she will be, specially, in charge of working in control and management of Heat Pumps in buildings. The candidate has to be used to plan resources and ensure deadlines as well of reporting and communication of technical / research results.


We are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates with a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and/or Building Physics Science, with experience in HVAC, thermal renewable systems and generally speaking energy systems in buildings and/or cities. Experience of at least four years in the industry and/or research centres is required. Knowledge in heat and mass transfer phenomena, renewable energy technologies and experience in computational energy systems and simulation tools is essential. Advanced knowledge of TRSNYS and Python is highly valuable.
We are looking for a methodical and rigorous person with a scientific spirit and results oriented. Teamwork and communication and management skills will also be a requirement. The candidate should also have experience in EU and/or international research projects. Mastery of English on all levels will be essential. Knowledge of other languages will be desirable.

We offer
We offer the chance to become part of an exciting and consolidated team, with international recognition, for developing cross-cutting projects in science and technology, oriented towards excellence. We also offer a research environment comprised of highly qualified and motivated professionals. Salaries will be paid in accordance with the IREC’s salary policy, depending on the candidate’s qualification and professional experience.
Workplace. Barcelona (IREC facilities). Depending of the projects, working in IREC premises in Tarragona (two/three days a week) can be required.

Applicants should send a detailed CV and a letter of motivation to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The application deadline is 15th August
Please indicate “2019 –R1 HVAC” in the subject