Opportunity in Solar Energy Innovation with U.S. Department of Energy
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is currently accepting applications for the Solar Energy Innovators Program with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply TODAY.
What will you be learning? As an Innovator in the Solar Energy Innovators Program, you will get to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid. You will get to spend up to two years at a Host Institution on one or more topics related to integration of solar energy.
Why should you apply? You will enhance your education and training in the solar energy field, help dramatically increase your marketability in these disciplines, gain access to DOE’s top scientists and state-of-the-art equipment, and gain insight into research and career opportunities through your experiences.
Where you will be learning? You must identify a Host Institution and potential mentor currently conducting research in an area related to the integration of solar energy onto the electricity grid. Host Institutions can be a) an electric public utility commission, b) an electric utility operating in the US, or c) an energy service provider operating in the US. For a list of electric public utility commissions, electric utilities, and energy service providers visit Potential Host Institutions.
Program includes a 12 month appointment with the potential to extend the appointment for an additional 12 months. You will receive a competitive stipend (starting at $40,000 for Bachelors, $50,000 for Masters, and $70,000 for PhD) for living and other expenses during this appointment. You may also be eligible to receive an allowance of up to $10,000 for education and/or scientific activities, health insurance supplement, and possible relocation travel up to $5000.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
This research experience is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). This program is administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, for DOE.
Eligible applicants include recent Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate graduates, as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar integration.
Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
Be at least 18 years old by the time the appointment begins.
Meet one of the following conditions:
Level 1: Have earned an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.
Level 2: Have earned a graduate degree (Doctorate or Master’s) in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.
Level 3: Have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. Applicant must have post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.
Application and Selection Process
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are downloaded for review on the first of the month, and applicants can expect to hear whether they move to the next stage within 30 days. Subsequent selection process stages include telephone interviews of the applicant and mentor. The process from application submittal to Innovator start date is approximately 3 months.
A complete application consists of:
Letter of Commitment from the Host Institution: The letter should indicate the willingness of the mentor and Host Institution to host the Innovator onsite for the duration of the appointment (up to two years). The letter should also include a description of the proposed project(s) that the Innovator will focus on during the appointment.
Academic Records: The applicant must submit records for the most recent degree or degree in progress. Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted.
Current Resume/CV (2 page limit)
Relevant Letter of Reference: The letter should address the applicant’s academic record and potential for success in an appointment, as indicated by communication and teamwork skills. While a letter of reference is not required to be considered, a letter of reference may help reviewers have a better understanding of the applicant’s qualifications and interests.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Supporting materials must be uploaded as PDF files to ensure the document can be searched by Zintellect’s search engine. Documents sent by email, postal mail, or fax will not be considered. 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.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: DOE-EERE-RPP-SETO-2019-21
About Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Eduaction
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education 100 Orau Way, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830, United States, GovernmentAbout Oak Ridge Institute for Science and EducationThe Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships and research experiences. These programs are available to science and engineering students and educators at every academic level from K-12, to college students and postdocs, to university faculty members. ORISE programs include research experiences at Department of Energy national laboratories as well as other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well some positions outside the United States.