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Postdoctoral Fellow: Control and Optimization of Energy Efficient Buildings

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities in Cambridge, MA is seeking a researcher to conduct advanced research on the control and optimization of energy efficient buildings. The research topics include, but are not limited to, the design of control algorithms, optimization, and implementation of control strategies using the HouseZero lab building. The candidate may also participate in working proposals to secure funding for future projects. The potential candidate will collaborate with CGBC researchers on related research topics.


  • Highly motivated with a strong control/automation/optimization background.
  • Willing to explore applications such as optimizing heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in buildings.
  • Interest in smart building applications. Knowledge about HVAC or familiarity with sensors as well as BACnet or KNX protocol is a plus.
  • Good coding skills and a strong control background are preferred.
  • Postdoctoral candidates should have either received their doctoral degree or have submitted their dissertation for final awarding of the degree.

The review process is competitive and is based on academic record, as well as professional and extra-curricular experience. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and any other materials detailing personal experience and research interests to [email protected] Applications will be reviewed starting May 15, 2023.

Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) Fellowship

The application period for the CGBC fellowship is now closed. The 2024 CGBC Fellowship application deadline will be January 30, 2024.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, as underscored by our school’s Community Values Statement, the GSD is committed to diversity and inclusion within our community, which is representative of individuals from varied abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, races, lived experiences, and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented groups and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students.