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Research Project Description

Science and Technology Policy Fellowships Sunshot Fellowships
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, D.C.

EERE-ORISE/STP 2013-01

Project Description:

The Department of Energy’s EERE Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, providing an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.

The EERE STP Fellows will apply the expertise gained from advanced degrees and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. As a result of their participation in the program, Fellows are expected to:

  • Gain deep insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development.
  • Contribute to the implementation of energy policies by applying their scientific and technical expertise to the development of solutions for problems in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Continue their education and involvement in areas that support the EERE mission either in a technical or policy-related role.
  • Introduce policy-related knowledge and interest into research facilities supporting the EERE mission.

Three levels of Fellowships, Fellows, Senior Fellows and Junior Fellows, will allow both recent graduates and experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the EERE STP Fellowships. Fellows will be assigned to policy-related projects and be mentored by senior EERE staff.

 

SunShot Fellows: Applicants selected as SunShot Fellows will have the additional distinction of guiding the implementation of the new solar SunShot initiative in the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program. The SunShot Fellows will have a key leadership role in beginning new research and development programs to achieve the goal of $1/W installed photovoltaics by 2020. The initial cohort is targeted to be 3 to 5 Fellows.

 

 

Position requirements:

The STP Fellowships are for two years. The initial appointment period is one year. The extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the Fellowship for a second year will be made by the EERE mentor and the EERE Program Manager. For more information, see http://energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-and-technology-policy-fellowships.

Qualifications:

Fellowships will be awarded to applicants based on academic level and experience. Fellows are recent Master's or Ph.D. graduates who have held a graduate degree for less than three years at the time of application. Senior Fellows are Master's or Ph.D. graduates who have held a doctorate degree for more than three years at the time of application and have post-degree experience in a technical or research capacity. Junior Fellows are recent Bachelor's graduates who have held a degree for less than five years at the time of application.

Required qualifications for Fellows:

  • Hold a doctorate or master's degree for no more than 3 years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics. SunShot Fellows must have a degree in a field relevant to photovoltaics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or be eligible for a J-1 visa, if a foreign national.
  • Have a superior academic performance and publication record.
  • Have strong analytical, research and oral and written communication skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking.
  • Have a strong technical background and expertise in an energy-technology related field.
  • Be interested in being part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, focused on energy technology research and development.

Required qualifications for Senior Fellows:

  • Hold a doctorate or master's degree for more than 3 years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics. SunShot Fellows must have a degree in a field relevant to photovoltaics.
  • If more than five years since receipt of a graduate degree have passed, the applicant must have at least three years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovations.
  • All qualifications for Fellows above.
  • Experience and knowledge in technology commercialization is desirable, but not required.

Required qualifications for Junior Fellows:

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree for no more than 5 years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics. SunShot Fellows must have a degree in a field relevant to photovoltaics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or be eligible for a J-1 visa, if a foreign national.
  • Have a superior academic performance and/or publication record.
  • Have strong analytical, research and oral and written communication skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking.
  • Have a strong background in an energy-technology related field.
  • Be interested in being part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, focused on energy technology research and development.

Technical Questions:

Questions about these Fellowships can be addressed to: STPfellowships@orise.orau.gov

How to Apply:

On the website http://energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-and-technology-policy-fellowships, applicants can find the application form, the email to which to submit their applications, and other pertinent information.