Research Analyst III / Research Engineer I

Center for Energy and Environment
Organization Summary

CEE is a data-driven, consumer-focused, and community-based clean energy nonprofit with offices in the North Loop of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway. We provide practical energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities to cut energy waste and harmful emissions. We collaborate regularly with field peers and partners and employ curious people who enjoy learning and contributing to the Midwest’s quality of life and economy. Our workplace invites open door communications, respect for diverse backgrounds and points of view, and an emphasis on work-life balance. 

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Job type

Dependent upon qualifications and experience. 

Primary Duties

The Research Analyst III/Research Engineer I will be involved in a variety of research department projects and will be supervised by a research engineer. This position will primarily focus on data analysis and monitoring field installations. Responsibilities for this position may also include leading research projects, supporting proposal development, and the design and execution of data collection protocols for field studies. This position offers a beneficial variety of exposure to many issues that shape energy efficiency, including the pragmatic technical training that comes with field work. The right candidate will have strong analytic capabilities, a sense of curiosity, and a desire to investigate energy systems and energy efficiency. The research engineer I mentors and may supervise other staff. 

This position requires field work travel in Northern Illinois up to 30% of the year. The research team is primarily based out of CEE’s Minneapolis North Loop office, Staff can work virtually except when conducting field work and activities that must be performed in the office. Staff must be located in or near Northern Illinois or the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area so that they can perform field work. 

This is a full-time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and retirement plan. 


  • Lead the development of test and monitoring protocols. Conduct diagnostic tests and install data acquisition equipment to evaluate building and energy system performance. 
  • Lead the development of data processing procedures. Acquire, process, and complete quality control reviews of building and energy system monitored data. 
  • Lead the development of data analysis tasks. Apply fundamental building science and mechanical engineering concepts to evaluate basic building and energy system situations. 
  • Conduct literature reviews and assist with technology assessments. 
  • Carefully document project work, track efforts, and manage multiple project priorities. 
  • Apply building science principles to the evaluation of building performance issues such as energy use, indoor air quality, occupant comfort, and envelope durability. 
  • Identify project objectives. Develop test procedures and analysis methods to achieve those objectives. 
  • Assist with proposal ideation and lead proposal development. 
  • May perform other duties as assigned. 

Must meet one of the following requirements: 

    • PhD in mechanical engineering or closely related technical field.  
    • MS in mechanical engineering or closely related technical field. At least one years’ experience working in a technical field. 
    • BS in mechanical engineering or closely related engineering field. At least three years’ experience working in a technical field. 
    • BS in physics or a closely related technical field. At least five years’ experience working in a technical field. 
  • Demonstrated drive and motivation to lead research in the energy field. 
  • Experience evaluating building and energy systems. Energy systems include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, service hot water, energy storage, and solar systems. Evaluation skills include: 
  • Conducting diagnostic testing. 
  • Installing data acquisition systems for continuous measurements. 
  • Assessing the operation of building automation systems (preferred). 
  • Experience leading the development of field monitoring protocols, data processing procedures, and data analysis methods. 
  • Experience, training, and working knowledge of heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics applied to complex energy systems. 
  • Experience with energy and/or building system models. 
  • Demonstrated analytical abilities and understanding of basic statistical methods. 
  • Extensive experience using Microsoft Excel to analyze large datasets and generate charts. 
  • Experience in programming and coding to process data and/or solve engineering equations. Experience with MATLAB, R, or similar. 
  • Ability to use engineering principles or practices to assist in the evaluation of the commercial potential for emerging energy technologies. 
  • Ability to assist with proposal ideation and lead proposal development. 
  • Self-motivated, responsible, efficient, and accurate. Excellent time-management and organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines. 
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Comfortable interacting with project participants including homeowners, renters, building operators, mechanical contractors, and facilities managers. 
  • Experience documenting assumptions and technical observations. 
  • Experience organizing and writing technical reports. 
  • Ability to communicate relevant project information in team meetings. 
  • Ability to identify presentation opportunities, submit abstracts, develop presentations, and conduct presentations. 

Working Conditions: 

Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds on a regular basis as well as carry, push, pull, kneel, and squat. Some equipment may occasionally weigh 35–50 pounds (example: 50-pound equipment bags necessary for field building research); must be able to lift, carry, push, and pull up this equipment as needed. The frequency of equipment at 35–50 pounds will vary depending on the project’s scope and requirements. Wherever possible, support equipment such as loading carts will be provided for equipment transportation. 

Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions. 

Must have access to reliable transportation, including capacity to transport equipment as needed within specific timeframes. Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record. 

Flexibility is required; site visits may require significant work outside the office and some work outside typical workday hours. 

Throughout the pandemic, CEE has made the safety of our workforce our first priority. We require all employees to be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is provided based on disability or sincerely held religious belief. Candidates will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon hire. 

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