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The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Program provides an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. and Golden, CO. site office.EERE STP participants apply the expertise gained from their education and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. As a result of their participation on this program, participants are expected to:

  • Gain deep insight into the federal government’s role in the creation and implementation of policies that 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 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 participation (levels 1-3) provide opportunities to a range of experience levels from recent graduates to experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the program. All participants will be provided the opportunity to participate in policy-related projects and be mentored by senior EERE staff.

The EERE STP program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in collaboration with EERE. ORISE is responsible for the implementation of the participation program, processing applications, the review and notification processes and management of payments to participants.

PROGRAM AREAS

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) consists of several offices that support EERE’s mission.

Bioenergy

Manufacturing

Buildings

Vehicles

Geothermal

Water

Government Energy Management

Weatherization

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

Wind

Solar

Strategic Programs/Cross-cutting

Sustainability Performance Office

ELIGIBILITY

Appointments will be awarded to applicants based on academic level and experience. Level 3 are Master’s or PhD graduates who have held a graduate degree for more than three years at the time of application and have post-degree experience in a technical or research capacity. Level 2 is recent Master’s or PhD graduates who have held a graduate degree for less than three years at the time of application. Level 1 is recent Bachelor’s graduates who have held a degree for less than five years at the time of application.

Ideal candidates will:
  • Have a superior academic performance and publication record.
  • Have strong analytical, research and communication (oral and written) 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 level 3:
  • PhD 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. If more than five years since receipt of graduate degree, applicant must have at least three years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident (Green Card) status.
  • Experience and knowledge in technology commercialization is desirable, but not required.
Required qualifications for level 2:
  • Hold a PhD or Master’s degree for no more than three years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident (Green Card) status.
Required qualifications for level 1:
  • Bachelor’s degree for less than five years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident (Green Card) status.
  • Matriculated undergraduates may be considered for short term appointments.
Other important information:
  • Applicants enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application may not begin the program until all degree obligations have been met.
  • Applicants holding a postdoctoral/employment position at the time of application must rescind from all employment or affiliation commitments before the beginning of the appointment.
  • This will be an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation or covered veteran’s status.