HELP WANTED: Transsolar New York

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Transsolar is an international climate engineering firm with offices in Stuttgart (Germany), Munich, and New York. We are seeking talented, highly motivated engineers for our New York office.

Transsolar develops and validate concepts for high quality environments that require minimal energy use. To achieve this we work collaboratively within the design team from the start of the design process, considering each step from the standpoint of fundamental thermodynamics. This generates a climate concept in which form, material, and mechanical systems are synergistic components of a well-orchestrated climate control system; and conversely, an environmental control strategy that is integral to the architectural concept.

We use a wide variety of complex computer simulation tools to evaluate our concepts, developing unique analytical methods based on a deep understanding of engineering physics. We perform dynamic thermal simulation using TRNSYS to develop and validate appropriate, reliable concepts in relationship to the complex set of factors that is unique to each project. Similarly, we perform daylight simulations using RADIANCE and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) using FLUENT.

Transsolar engineers carry out a broad range of tasks. Responsibilities for this position include:

-Development of climate and energy concepts in response to local climate, site, architectural, and programmatic requirements
-Development, testing and validation of concepts via thermal simulation (TRNSYS)
-Engineering analysis via EES, hand calculation, spreadsheet analysis, and other engineering analysis tools
-Programming of new simulation and analysis tools in TRNSYS, EES, spreadsheets, and with other computational methods
-Internal coordination with other simulation specialists, synthesis, and communication of overall analysis results
-Graphical representation of climate concepts and complex engineering analysis
-Writing reports and correspondence
-Participation in meetings and design charettes
-Collaboration with German Transsolar offices
-Domestic and international travel to project meetings and sites

Engineers with an emphasis on dynamic thermal simulation are our highest priority. Both entry-level positions and positions for 3-5 years experience are available. Our New York office is small but growing, providing ample opportunity for advancement.

Preferred qualifications include:

-Engineering or applied science education related to building energy flows and building science: heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, indoor and outdoor human comfort, etc. Ideal is a degree in mechanical engineering or applied physics. An M.S. is strongly preferred.
-Experience with computational engineering analysis (text-based input, computer programming, scripting such as Perl, spreadsheet analysis and macro programming such as VBA)
-Experience with dynamic thermal simulation (energy simulation)
-Proven ability to creatively develop and apply non-traditional climate solutions to the indoor environment
-Education/professional experience with current and advanced architectural technologies (e.g. building envelope) and mechanical systems for building climate control
-Experience with physical testing of engineering systems: system construction, instrumentation and measurement, etc.
-Experience collaborating and communicating in the early stages of an architectural design process with both technical and non-technical audiences
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Computer-based drawing skills (e.g. Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, etc)

Applicants with an architectural background will not be considered; an engineering- or science-based degree is required for this position. Prior experience with TRNSYS is not required.
Interested applicants may submit their resume and cover letter via email to nycjobs at

Erik Olsen, PE

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