Consultant/Senior Consultant: Building Science

JOB TITLE: Consultant/Senior Consultant – Building Science

STATUS: Exempt, 40 hours per week

LOCATION:  Madison, WI; Tucson, AZ; San Diego, CA; Washington, DC

*Remote candidates will be considered and will be required to travel to hub offices occasionally.


If you have a background in engineering or building science and an interest in joining a passionate and collaborative team working for a clean energy future, our Building Science Consultant position might be the role for you.


Help us expand the impact the built environment can create in an equitable clean energy future. The Building Science Consultant will help research and assess emerging and existing building appliances, technologies, systems, and designs to help our clients identify opportunities for their customers to save energy, and improve comfort, health, and safety.

Help grow our work in building system R&D, electrification and decarbonization. The Building Science Consultant will help ILLUME expand our ability to help our clients track and follow trends in building science and technology, set up emerging technology pipelines and to design and evaluate field and full-scale pilots of emerging technologies.

Bring their curiosity and love of problem-solving to their work every day. The Building Science Consultant will turn data and analysis into insight, analyzing why things happened and how changes to installation and application might affect outcomes. You’ll describe building science or engineering concepts in writing and presentation formats to a wide audience and ultimately use data to inform critical client decisions.

Be successful working across multiple projects. The Consultant will be responsible for supporting engineering or building science projects and/or tasks, including data collection and analysis for projects including impact evaluations of pilots and programs and projects designed to support electrification strategy and development, including pipeline to portfolio transfer for emerging technologies. The Consultant may also support conducting technical interviews with equipment contractors, building professionals, and utility staff; designing evaluation plans and approaches; analyzing data and reporting on findings with clarity and coherence.

Harness their growth mindset to expand their knowledge and expertise within building science and engineering by keeping up with new developments in the industry and bringing new ideas to the ILLUME team. The ideal candidate will also be excited to learn and support project teams with market research and evaluation that might be outside their typical experiences.

Collaborate with our diverse team of researchers and consultants. The ILLUME team blends varied educational and professional backgrounds and we value the diverse perspectives we can bring to our work and our clients. You’ll work and learn alongside a brilliant team of ethnographers, linguists, engineers, social scientists, data scientists, urban planners, graphic artists, and more.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant area of study such as architecture, engineering, building science, or related field.

Required Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of professional experience in energy engineering, mechanical/building systems engineering, or building science.
  • Proficiency in using steady state algorithms or modeling to estimate energy consumption of various building system end uses, like increases insulation, efficient light, and HVAC systems.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, demonstrating clarity and conciseness and ability to explain complex topics to a non-technical audience.
  • Curiosity and an ability to learn quickly and on-the-job; a love of researching new things and solving problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively in the face of multiple and shifting priorities, with the ability to switch between complex analytical thinking and attending to routine tasks without compromising quality or losing one’s focus.
  • Demonstrated independent decision-making experience with solid judgment.


Collaboration is the minimum standard at ILLUME. Team members build trust through regular, open, and honest communication and by working together across the company to ensure the success of every project. By working together, we create the momentum to accomplish our company objectives and together attain exceptional results.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position will depend on the education, professional experience, industry experience, and subject matter expertise of the applicant. The Consultant/Senior Consultant position salary band is $60,000 to $110,000.

ILLUME offers competitive benefits packages including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • 401k plan & company match of 3%
  • 4 weeks of PTO & 10 Paid holidays
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth
  • Flexible work schedule

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing or work samples to

In the subject line of your email, indicate the following:

Last name, First name_Consultant Building Science

In your cover letter, provide us with:

  • A sense of who you are by being honest, creative, and “yourself.”
  • Any experience with DEI in the workplace, and your own professional growth.
  • Please include your desired location (Madison, WI, Tucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, or Washington D.C.), or indicate if you wish to work elsewhere and how you will ensure collaboration and availability to your colleagues in a remote environment.

Expect that we will carefully review all materials, including your cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
ILLUME will accept applications until the position is filled.


Working Conditions

ILLUME employees work in a hybrid work environment and we continuously monitor public health guidelines to make any updates necessary to ensure the health and safety of all employees. This position requires sitting (or standing) for long periods of time at a computer; and communicating by telephone and email. The dress code at ILLUME is business casual (“pulled together”). This position requires some travel.

Background Screening and Drug Testing

Many clients of ILLUME Advising require individuals who will be working with confidential information, visiting client customer homes or businesses, or meet another contractually required circumstance to pass a background screen and/or drug test. In the event you are assigned to work on a contract with client ordered screening requirements you will be required to complete the client’s required screening before working on the project with appropriate notice. The results of background screening and drug testing are used solely to meet client criteria for working on specific projects.


As a federal contractor, ILLUME requires staff to have been vaccinated against COVID-19, or must be willing to receive a vaccine against COVID-19 within 45 days of hire where permitted by applicable law. This is a mandatory requirement except for employees with documented medical reasons and/or exceptions in accordance with the Civil Rights Act.

Culture and Commitment at ILLUME

Our Vision: ILLUME is the premier consultancy for advancing, re-envisioning, and equitably transforming the energy industry. We align clean energy and social justice imperatives and give primacy to human dreams and aspirations so that all can thrive in a clean energy future.

Our Commitment to Team Values: At ILLUME, we value the diverse lived experiences of our team. We view diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as an on-going commitment and investment in the growth of our employees, the growth of our company culture, and the growth of our industry. By centering environmental justice, climate change mitigation, and social justice in our work, we aim to transform the way the energy industry looks at its challenges. We believe that our collective well-being depends on how well we explore, elevate, and communicate the experiences of all people who use the electric grid. We quantify the impacts of our public investments to reduce energy demand and mitigate climate change.

ILLUME considers our investment in our team as a long-term and mutual investment. At ILLUME, we’re committed to building a valued business while ensuring rewarding careers for our employees. ILLUME does not discriminate in its employment practices regarding age, ancestry, arrest record, color, conviction record, creed, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, military obligations, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.