DOE Solar Office: Science, Technology, and Policy Fellowship

11/09/2023 02:30 PM

MSRDC on behalf of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office

Are you a student, researcher, or professional with a passion for solar energy? You can work for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office advancing solar technologies and deployment through the Science, Technology, and Policy Fellowship! Selected participants will play an integral role in designing and implementing new initiatives to make solar energy more affordable and reliable. They will support office-wide research, development, and demonstration efforts in photovoltaics, concentrating solar-thermal power, and grid integration technologies, as well as solar manufacturing and workforce, behavioral science, data analysis, environmental and energy justice, and stakeholder outreach. The application deadline is January 15, 2024. 

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Science, Technology, and Policy Fellowship offers SETO the opportunity to hire candidates who come to Washington, D.C. to learn about the federal government and its role in advancing renewable energy. Fellows use their expertise to support solar energy research and development by guiding strategy, designing funding programs, and managing SETO-funded projects in the following areas:

  • Photovoltaic technologies
  • Concentrating solar-thermal power technologies
  • Grid systems integration technologies
  • Solar siting, permitting, interconnection, and market analysis
  • Manufacturing and technology transfer
  • Energy and environmental justice
  • Access to financing, capacity building, and technical assistance
  • Workforce development
  • Scaling and accelerating deployment with meaningful benefits
  • Communications, graphic design, and stakeholder engagement

Fellows are encouraged to use their skills to offer new perspectives and unconventional approaches to challenges within SETO. Fellows are selected for their strong technical and/or analytical backgrounds according to their education level and work experience.

Direct background in solar energy is not required for this opportunity, but strong candidates will have skill sets that can directly transfer to the work done at SETO and have an interest in developing a career in the solar industry beyond the fellowship. SETO is interested in candidates with backgrounds including but not limited to physical and natural sciences, social science, engineering, policy, entrepreneurship, community and equity work. SETO seeks candidates with bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees, as well as established professionals with relevant post-degree experience. SETO is also interested in bilingual candidates. Participants must be a U.S. citizen or have Permanent Resident (Green Card) status.

Applications are due each year on January 15 and July 15. Submit your application today, download the informational flyer, and email [email protected] with any questions.