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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 by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. and in EERE’s field offices. Participants will become part of a group of highly trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE's mission in the future.
The DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) funds research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to enable the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across multiple sectors enabling innovation, as strong domestic economy, and a clean, equitable energy future (https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office). Programs within HFTO include Hydrogen (Infrastructure, Production, Storage), Fuel Cells, Technology Acceleration, and Systems Analysis.
The fellow will participate in technology management within the Fuel Cell Technologies Program. The ideal candidate should have a well-rounded background in the physical sciences as this technology area crosscuts a broad spectrum of disciplines that may include physics, chemistry, materials, and chemical engineering. Specifically, candidates with experience in fuel cell materials, components, stacks and systems are of interest. The Program currently focuses primarily on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) for transportation applications, as well as long-term technologies including anion exchange membrane fuel cells (AEMFC) and reversible fuel cells (RFCs) for power generation and energy storage applications.
The Fellows will learn from activities such as:
Key areas of research and development within the Fuel Cell Technologies Program include catalysts, membranes, membrane electrode assemblies, stacks, and balance of plant components.
HFTO is currently seeking two candidates for the Fuel Cell Technologies Program.
Selected Fellows will receive a stipend as support for their living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by EERE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. Relocation expenses, not to exceed $5,000, incurred in relocating from the participant's current address to Washington, D.C. or Golden, CO (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application), may be reimbursed. Participants will receive a travel allowance of up to $10,000 per appointment year to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities. This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR).
For more information about the EERE Science, Technology and Policy Program, please visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-technology-and-policy-program
Nature of the Appointment
Fellows will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, the DOE, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, generic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.
Program eligibility requirements can be found at: https://www.energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-technology-and-policy-program
Three levels of participation provide opportunities to a range of experience levels from recent graduates to experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the program.
Applicants should have an educational background in science and engineering and/or relevant work experience, preferably in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. At least an M.S. degree or 3-5 years of equivalent experience are preferred. Applicants should have strong writing and communication skills; a writing sample will be requested. Applicants should be flexible with respect to the technical focus of their project, and willing to adapt and learn in new areas. Preferred applicants demonstrate superior academic performance and publication record, strong analytical, research and communication (oral and written) skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking, a strong technical background and increased knowledge in hydrogen and/or fuel cells (or another closely related field), and be interested in being part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, focused on energy technology research and development. Experience and knowledge in technology commercialization is desirable, but not required.
How to Apply
A complete application consists of:
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
The resume/CV must include the following:
If you have questions, please send an email to DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov. Please list the reference code for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.
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