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Water Power Technologies Opportunity in Hydropower

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. 

OrganizationU.S. Department of Energy
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The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE's mission in the future.
The participant will learn how the Water Power Technologies Offices carries out its mission to conduct early stage research and development to advance the U.S. hydroelectric project fleet and new development and gain hands-on experience by applying their knowledge within specific fields of expertise aligned with the Office's project areas. The Hydropower Team works to facilitate the development and deployment of new technologies and project operational strategies with respect to hydropower's contributions to a rapidly evolving electric grid in an environmentally-sound and cost-effective way through focused research and development, stakeholder collaboration, and funding opportunities.

The areas of professional development a participant may engage in include:
  • Learning to work in a dynamic team setting to understand key technological, ecological, regulatory and socio-economic issues and best practices for environmentally sustainable hydropower operations and new development;
  • Under the Office's HydroWIRES initiative, participating in research necessary to understand hydropower's role in the evolution of the U.S. electric grid, the capability and constraints associated with that role ,and identifying the new technologies necessary to ensure that hydropower provides the necessary future grid services;
  • Interacting with industry, ISOs, RTOs, and environmental groups to understand how these groups determine their highest priorities for future research; and
  • Observing, interacting with, and analyzing activities of the other DOE renewable energy technology offices and the Office of Electricity.

Level 3: Doctorate or Master's degree for more than 3 years in electrical engineering. If more than five years since receipt of graduate degree, applicant must have at least three years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.
Level 2: Ph.D. or master's degree for no more than 3 years in electrical engineering.
Level 1: Bachelor's degree for less than five years in electrical engineering.
  • Understanding of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and technologies in the assigned program area.
  • Expert knowledge of energy technologies in order to recognize realistic opportunities for renewable energy efficiency or alternative energy technologies based on practical considerations and cost/benefit potentials.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Energy Policy Act of 1992; National Energy Conservation Policy Act; Title IV, Part B of the Energy Conservation and Production Act; Energy Policy and Conservation Act; Energy Security Act; and the DOE Financial Assistance Regulations.
  • Knowledge of policy analysis and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of marketing and communication.
  • Knowledge of Federal and departmental goals, policy, programs, projects, and efforts related to assigned program areas.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups at all levels, both orally and in writing.
A complete application consists of:
  • An application
  • Transcript(s) - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Selected candidate may be required to provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start.
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
  • One letter of recommendation. References are asked to describe applicant’s Scientific Capabilities and Personal Characteristics and must specify how they know the applicant.
The resume/CV must include the following:
  • Basic applicant Information: Name, address, phone, email, and other contact information.
  • Work & Research Experience: List all work and research experiences beginning with current or most recent. Include the name of the employer, location, position held, and time period involved.
  • Leadership Experience: List experiences (e.g., work, civic, volunteer, research) that demonstrate your leadership skills. Detail your role, type of experience, organization, location, and duration.
  • Educational History: List all institutions from which you received or expect to receive a degree, beginning with current or most recent institution. Include the name of the academic institution, degree awarded or expected, date of awarded or expected degree, and academic discipline.
  • Honors & Awards: List in chronological order (most recent first) any awards or public recognitions. Include the name of awarding institution, title of the award or honor, and date of award or honor.
If you have questions, please send an email to Please list the reference code for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age