Engineer | San Francisco or New York | Model Development Group

Engineer | San Francisco or New York | Model Development Group
Lindsay Jones

Target Start Date: November 2017

Reports To: Director of Engineering | Model Development Group

Location:  New York, NY, or San Francisco, CA



Carbon Lighthouse is looking for driven and curious Engineers to join our Model Development Group, the team responsible for creating and implementing the energy modeling content in our technology platform.

We’re looking for people to both innovate and expand our technology and energy service by creating models that enables our internal Engineering users to analyze and quantify energy opportunities. This role encompasses building scalable thermodynamic models, employing optimization techniques, and harnessing empirical information to improve the accuracy, speed, and scope of our technology. Engineers in the Model Development Group directly influence our operations, focusing on improvements like: increasing the depth and breadth of our models, implementing methods that automate analyses, and identifying data requirements. These Engineers work closely with both our Software Developers as well as users in the Energy Modeling Group to define modeling needs and deliver a better solution.

The ideal candidate has professional or graduate school experience in engineering (or technical equivalent) positions where complex modeling or simulation was necessary to solve complex and open-ended engineering challenges. This person genuinely enjoys working on collaborative teams, and wants to be involved in large-scale challenges that require long-term persistence. While the role involves significant computational modeling work, this candidate also loves connecting models to the real world.

The role will be based out of New York or San Francisco and may require occasional travel to our NYC office or some client sites.


About Carbon Lighthouse:

Carbon Lighthouse is on a mission to stop climate change by making it easy and profitable for building owners to eliminate carbon emissions caused by wasted energy. The company’s unique approach to Efficiency Production goes deep into buildings to uncover and continuously correct hidden inefficiencies that add up to meaningful financial value and carbon elimination that lasts. Since 2010, commercial real estate, educational, hospitality and industrial customers nationwide have chosen Carbon Lighthouse to enhance building comfort, increase net operating income and achieve their sustainability goals.

We are a team that highly value question asking, getting it done, integrity, and teamwork. We appreciate a fulfilling work-life balance, prize transparency and communication, hold ourselves to high standards of performance and professionalism, strive for dynamism and innovation, and support our team members’ professional development.



  • Develop modeling content in CLUES (our proprietary application) to quantify the energy, environmental, and financial opportunity in various building energy systems. Develop new methodologies and better data sets that increase savings, improve accuracy, reduce timelines, and save user ‘brainspace’.
  • Identify data requirements that balance accuracy with timeline limitations.
  • Solve difficult energy problems that require understanding and using a variety of thermodynamic and optimization principles, and implement the solution in a computational environment.
  • Work closely with Software Developers to implement complex models within the CLUES software platform.
  • Work closely with our Energy Modeling Group users to identify opportunities to improve scope, algorithms, or interface. Be able to analyze complex thermodynamic and other energy data with users to determine the quantitative and governing relationships of complex building systems. Support users during model execution and troubleshooting, and be able to incorporate feedback into model development.
  • Work in a cross-functional team environment where asking questions and challenging assumptions is necessary due to complex and multi-disciplinary problems.

Required Qualifications:

  • Dedication to Carbon Lighthouse’s environmental mission.
  • BS in Engineering (CE, ME, EE, PE, ChE, etc.) or similar technical field.
  • Proven track record of analytics and/or model development within a programming language (Matlab, Python, R, AMPL, etc.), or similar work.
  • 3+ years work experience and/or equivalent graduate work.
  • Excellent question asker and communicator, and enjoys working on teams.
  • Demonstrated experience solving complex and open-ended engineering challenges:
    • Able to determine an objective, or multi-dimensional objectives.
    • Able to determine data, knowledge, or methodology gaps.
    • Able to represent reality in a computational environment.
    • Able to create a solution, fail, and iterate.
    • Can make judgments of risks and assumptions.
    • Can make logical conclusions, with an understanding of relative strengths and weaknesses.
    • Able to clearly communicate conclusions.


Bonus Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree (MS or PhD) in technical and related field.
  • Background in thermodynamics or fluid mechanics, heat transfer, or data science.
  • Experience with statistics.
  • Deep understanding of HVAC system and modeling.
  • Experience with optimization methods in computational modeling.
  • Technical sales of any kind.


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary + equity
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous vacation policy
  • Fully paid maternity and paternity leave benefits
  • Subsidized public transit and bike to work benefits
  • 401(k)


If you’re excited about our environmental mission and this looks like a fit, you should apply! Please fill out the brief application form and be prepared to submit three references at a later date.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we look forward to hearing from you.


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