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Building Technologies Office Opportunity

ORISE is continuing normal program operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity will be offered as long as the Department of Energy Headquarters is able to complete the onboarding process and ensure a meaningful experience to participants. We encourage you to apply and submit your application as soon as possible. Updates to this opportunity will be provided on this page as needed.

This opportunity is located in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO). EERE’s mission is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its vision is a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy. 

In 2016, residential and commercial buildings consumed more than 40 percent of the Nation’s total energy and more than 74 percent of the electrical energy, resulting in an estimated annual national energy bill totaling more than $380 billion. Widespread adoption of existing energy-efficiency building technologies – and the introduction and use of new technologies – could eventually reduce energy use in homes and commercial buildings by 50 percent. This would save almost $200 billion annually on energy bills and help create jobs. BTO’s mission is to support research and development (R&D), validation, and integration of affordable, energy-saving technologies, techniques, tools, and services, to enable industry and others to develop and deploy technologies that can improve the efficiency and reduce the energy costs of the nation’s homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and other commercial and residential buildings in both the new and existing buildings markets.

You will learn and gain an understanding of how to:
1. Participate in technical reviews/assessments of proposed research and development plans, conduct technical and economic feasibility analysis, as well as evaluate at a deep technical level the progress and ongoing viability and success potential of projects toward meeting the BTO energy efficiency goals. This includes periodic technical reviews and providing rigorous technical feedback for funded R&D projects; as well as assisting in the negotiation of statements of work and project management plans with technically rigorous milestones, go/no-go decision points, stage-gates and deliverables for new awards.
2. Collaborate in the assessment of state-of-the-art scientific literature and practice in relevant technologies and assess new opportunities for further advancement in the field and the industry. This will include contributing to completion of BTO strategy and complementary roadmaps.
3. Collaborate with other BTO Participants on technical and techno-economic analyses and develop short-term and long-term quantitative goals for BTO.
The learning and professional development opportunities include:
• Stakeholder Engagement. Engage with DOE staff to build and maintain relationships with strategic partners working on emerging tech, technology for building systems integration and energy efficiency programs.
• Technical Expertise. Engage with DOE staff to provide feedback and/or recommendations on strategic progress or course correction for a variety of technical projects relating commercial building energy efficiency products/technologies and solutions.
• Creative Vision. Engage in strategic planning for technology research and development, reviewing, recommending and implementing projects that advance the BTO and CBI mission, resulting in measurable and trackable building energy savings.
• Communication. Engage with DOE staff to prepare and present written and oral briefings and reports to senior program staff, DOE leadership, external partners and industry stakeholders.
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their professional and academic record, experience in the field and potential for making contributions in the area of building energy efficiency. Priority for selection for some projects will be given to applicants with an advanced degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences. Degrees in other fields will be considered for participation if the participant resume and expertise reflects a background in building energy technology and systems and/or building science as well as energy efficiency concepts and RD&D programs, including those related to areas of building energy use, design and operations. A willingness and demonstrated desire to learn and develop solutions important to the office will be highly preferred. The review process will include phone and/or in-person interviews with potential candidates.

Participant Benefits
Selected participants 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. (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application), may be reimbursed. Participants will receive a travel allowance of $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

Appointment Location
Washington, DC

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 letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment.