Ph.D. recipients will conduct research in energy efficiency and renewable energy at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities

April 19, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORISE, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) institute, is seeking Ph.D. researchers for a paid, two-year fellowship through the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards offer recipients the opportunity to continue their education and training and to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities across the United States.

The program supports scientific research in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies. EERE research fellows will have access to top scientists in their field, unique education and training opportunities and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. Awards are designed to advance the development of 1) clean energy technologies for buildings, industry and vehicles 2) and renewable energy using biomass, hydrogen and fuel cells, geothermal, solar, and water and wind power. The 2016 awards have a special focus on solar energy research.

Recipients of the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards will also be invited to interact with the DOE SunShot community. The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort launched in 2011 that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. SunShot builds on a tradition of steady collaboration between EERE and solar industry pioneers. Between 1975 and 2008, more solar energy patents were linked to EERE than to any other organization in the world.

The program emphasizes the research mentoring approach, which provides opportunities for fellows to become integral members of research teams. Fellows will benefit from the experience and guidance of dedicated researchers in their proposed field. This approach increases the chance of fellows successfully completing research plans and making significant contributions to EERE programs.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $65,000, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have completed Ph.D. requirements by May 31, 2016, and must have had a doctorate degree for no more than five years.

Applications close Friday, May 20, 2016.

More information, as well as an online application, is available on the program website:

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