The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Science, Technology and Policy Program is designed to provide opportunities to participate in programs, projects, and activities at the Office of Fossil Energy (FE).
These opportunities offer graduate exposure to a broad spectrum of Advanced Power Generation technologies to include: Rare Earth Elements, Advanced Combustion, Crosscutting Research, or Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage. Participants will engage and learn about projects related to the oversight and day to day direction of Headquarters level program.
- Extreme Environment Materials: This opportunity will include professional engineering and scientific tasks to: determine and advise on a material's essential composition, atomic and molecular configuration, and processing; relate the material's essential composition to its properties, end use, and performance in engineering, architecture, and scientific applications and programs; examine the interaction of materials in their processes and applications, taking into account the associated equipment, systems, components, and their fabrication, design, or use; develop, maintain, and apply materials and material solutions to meet certain mechanical, electrical, environmental, and chemical requirements.
- Rare Earth Element and Advanced Coal Processing: This opportunity will include professional engineering and scientific tasks to: determine and advise on a metallurgical extraction, concentration and processing of rare earth materials from coal and coal by-products and taking into account the associated equipment, systems, components to produce salable products and apply metallurgical solutions.
- Advance Combustion Systems: The participant will engage in projects related to the development of oxy-combustion, and chemical looping technologies. The candidate will be part of projects lead by HQ Program Manager related to program decisions consistent with the overall clean energy research goals and objectives. Program decisions include the content of program plans, external and internal outreach strategy, program guidance and formulation with the field Technology Manager.
- Carbon Capture Technologies: This opportunity will include engineering and scientific tasks to: determine and advise on advanced carbon capture technologies and systems. This includes understanding the chemical and physical properties of solvents, sorbents, and membrane systems, and the corresponding equipment used in separating carbon dioxide from mixed gas streams.
- Carbon Utilization Technologies: This opportunity will include engineering and scientific tasks to: determine and advise on advanced carbon utilization technologies and systems. This includes understanding the biological, chemical, and physical properties of different technologies that can utilize and/or convert carbon-containing molecules derived (e.g., carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, etc.) from coal or fossil fuel-derived mixed gas streams.
- Carbon Storage Technologies: This opportunity will include engineering and scientific tasks to: determine and advise on advanced carbon storage technologies and systems. This includes understanding the geological, chemical and physical properties of subsurface systems. Additionally, the candidate will perform studies and analysis of modeling and simulation of carbon storage in the subsurface and related issues such as geomechanics, geochemistry, and fluid flow.
- Computer Scientist: This opportunity will include engineering and scientific tasks to: determine and advise on the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics to fossil energy systems. The candidate will perform studies and analysis of the application of these techniques and tools to improve the efficiency and performance of fossil energy systems, including carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies.
For more information about the Office of Fossil Energy visit: https://www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE). Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. FE may authorize a stipend increase to offset the costs of health insurance. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance offered through ORISE. A relocation allowance may be provided for participants relocating to the hosting facility. Participants may receive an allowance for education and/or scientific activities as approved by FE.
Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, 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.