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Research Project Description

Science and Technology Policy Fellowships in Strategic Programs
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, D.C.

EERE-ORISE/STP-2014-4

Project Description:

The Department of Energy’s EERE Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, providing an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.

The EERE STP Fellows will apply the expertise gained from advanced degrees and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. As a result of their participation in the program, Fellows are expected to:

-Gain deep insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that will 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 the 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 Fellowships, Fellows, Senior Fellows and Junior Fellows, will allow both recent graduates and experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the EERE STP Fellowships. Fellows will be assigned to policy-related projects and be mentored by senior EERE staff.

Strategic Program Fellows: Applicants selected as a Strategic Programs Fellow will be a core team member of the Assistant Secretary's initiative to  increase commercially relevant research conducted at the Department of Energy's national laboratories, with an end goal of doubling commercial activity at the national laboratories in three years. The fellow will serve as a research analyst and conduct research, analysis, and synthesis and analysis of internal and external business models, approaches, reports, and other relevant materials associated with national laboratory activities. In close collaboration with the Director of the initiative and EERE's senior leadership, the Fellow will analyze strategic plans/reports and advises senior management on how to implement these concepts in conjunction with changes brought about by assessments of programs and services of the technology offices. The Fellow will develop research reports, briefing materials and recommendation memos for the Director and EERE senior leadership. 

Position requirements:

The STP Fellowships are for two years. The initial appointment period is one year. The extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the Fellowship for a second year will be made by the EERE mentor and the EERE Program Manager. For more information, see http://energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-and-technology-policy-fellowships.

Qualifications:

Professional knowledge in physical science area that relates to clean energy technologies, with emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy or social science are related to business development, entrepreneurship, and innovation. 

Mastery of advanced concepts, principles, and practices, analytical and evaluative methods concerning science and innovation activities, and/or the economics and financial mechanisms involved, in order to effectively formulate, influence, and implement policies and best practices to improve the innovation infrastructure at DOE’s national laboratories.

Experience in science and technology entrepreneurship, commercialization, technology transfer, and technology based business development policies. Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts; draw sound conclusions; and make recommendations concerning energy policies.

A high level of analytical ability in order to assess and recommend improvements in how EERE conducts business with the national laboratories in order to encourage increased commercially relevant research. Ability to work across disciplines.

Experience developing scientific, technical and stakeholder meeting, workshops, and studies by engaging experts from broad and relevant communities; and guiding participants to develop new actionable tasks.

Knowledge, skill and experience in renewable energy and/or energy efficiency, science and technology, and innovation policies, programs and practices that relate to federal, state, and local governments, grantees and stakeholders of energy efficiency and renewable energy industry initiatives.

Knowledge of policy functions and the regulatory processes used in studying and analyzing public policy issues associated with laboratory management and oversight in order to develop briefings and presentations that advance EERE’s goals.

Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing with government officials, program managers, technical subject matter specialists, industry representatives, key customers and other stakeholders.

Ability to manage multiple tasks under a heavy workload, and meet tight deadlines.

Strong quantitative ability to conduct technical and data analysis that incorporates the use of spreadsheets.

Fellowships will be awarded to applicants based on academic level and experience. Fellows are recent Master's or Ph.D. graduates who have held a graduate degree for less than three years at the time of application. Senior Fellows are Master's or Ph.D. graduates who have held a doctorate degree for more than three years at the time of application and have post-degree experience in a technical or research capacity. Junior Fellows are recent Bachelor's graduates who have held a degree for less than five years at the time of application.

Required qualifications for Fellows:

  • Hold a doctorate or master's degree for no more than 3 years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or be eligible for a J-1 visa, if a foreign national.
  • Have a superior academic performance and publication record.
  • Have strong analytical, research and oral and written communication 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 Senior Fellows:

  • Hold a doctorate 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 a graduate degree have passed, the applicant must have at least three years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovations.
  • All qualifications for Fellows above.
  • Experience and knowledge in technology commercialization is desirable, but not required.

Required qualifications for Junior Fellows:

  • Hold a Bachelor's degree for no more than 5 years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering or other highly quantitative field such as economics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) or be eligible for a J-1 visa, if a foreign national.
  • Have a superior academic performance and/or publication record.
  • Have strong analytical, research and oral and written communication skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking.
  • Have a strong background 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.

Technical Questions:

Questions about these Fellowships can be addressed to: STPfellowships@orise.orau.gov

Additional Information:

Develops new analyses in collaboration with technology offices and conducts research, analysis, and synthesis and analysis of internal and external business models, approaches, reports, and other relevant materials associated with executing RDD&D portfolios. Works with technology offices and external stakeholders to create strategies that are suggested by the analysis. Analysis serves to help formulate, influence, and implement internal policies and best practices to improve the innovation infrastructure at DOE’s national laboratories.

Formulates documents, and research reports, and analyses for recommendations. Prepares background papers and materials for senior management and follow-up questions regarding programmatic policy issues. Analyzes reports and advises senior management on how to implement concepts in conjunction with changes brought about by assessments of programs and services.

Assists in preparing materials for the briefings for senior EERE and DOE management, Congressional committees, OMB and other senior level audiences on issues related to assigned projects/programs.

Assists in the coordination, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives for assigned projects/programs. Assists in monitoring the performance against goals. Prepares interim reports, position papers, final reports and summaries that reflect findings, goals, recommendations, strategies, and results.

Identifies experts for and participates in intra- and inter-agency working groups. This may include one-on one-review of the strategies or organizing and executing workshops with internal and external stakeholders.

The Fellow may be assigned special projects, for which he/she will have certain designated responsibilities for detailed planning, implementation, resource management and evaluation, or may be assigned as a member of one or more teams to work on special projects, such as on issues which require complex coordination across assigned program lines.

Carries out other strategic planning functions such as defining metrics for success for over Initiative, specific components regarding measuring commercialization success, or other relevant analytical functions.

How to Apply:

On the website http://energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-and-technology-policy-fellowships, applicants can find the application form, the email to which to submit their applications, and other pertinent information.