Fellow-Social Science and Computation Fellowship

Fraunhofer CSE
Closing Date: 
Fri, 06/02/2017

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) in Boston, MA is part of Fraunhofer USA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit contract R&D organization, affiliated with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D group. Fraunhofer CSE's interdisciplinary R&D team is dedicated to serving the applied research needs of the sustainable energy industry, helping established industry players and startup companies alike develop clean energy technologies from the laboratory to the production line.  The Center has active development projects in the areas of energy-efficient building technologies, photovoltaic systems, and the grid impact of renewable energy technologies.

We are looking for a Fellow to join the Building Energy Systems group, working with our Behavioral Scientist. The Fellowship will provide opportunities to evaluate and understand the attitudes and perceptions of individuals related to the adoption more sustainable behaviors, renewable energy sources by designing, conducting, and evaluating surveys, focus groups, and structured interviews. The Fellow should feel comfortable with handling and analyzing data using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Prospective candidates should be comfortable with working in international and multicultural environments. The Fellowship may involve moderate levels of travel to and from meetings and field test sites within the U.S.

 

Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply.

 

Responsibilities and Learning Opportunities:

  • Learn about and help design surveys, as well as laboratory (e.g., focus group interview) and field tests to evaluate the effectiveness of different types of energy-use feedback devices from a human factors perspective.
  • Collaborate in the design and implementation of field experiments to gain experience in: design, engagement, interview, development of survey instruments, analysis and reporting.
  • Learn about and assist in data collection and data analysis, as well as helping to prepare results for publication or client reports.
  • The Fellow will also have the opportunity to acquire practical research experience through the interaction with clients and other organizations.

 

Required Education and Academic or Fellowship Experience:

 

  • An academic record in social sciences: psychology, sociology, or similar field and/or social computation.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills and experience in conducting statistical data analysis
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to accept a high degree of responsibility in a team-based organization, combined with ability to work independently.
  • An understanding of human factors research methods is a plus.
  • Willingness to go the extra mile to support the team’s research projects.

In your cover letter, please explain what motivates you to apply and how, in your opinion, the skills you would develop from this Fellowship would help you achieve your next career step.

Applicants for a FhCSE internship must be enrolled in University or within 1 year of graduation at the time of internship.

Fraunhofer USA, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer of Individuals with disabilities, protected veterans and is a federal contractor.

 

About Fraunhofer CSE:

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) in Boston, MA is part of Fraunhofer USA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit contract R&D organization, affiliated with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D group. Fraunhofer CSE's interdisciplinary R&D team is dedicated to serving the applied research needs of the sustainable energy industry, helping established industry players and startup companies alike develop clean energy technologies from the laboratory to the production line.  The Center has active development projects in the areas of energy-efficient building, photovoltaic systems, and distributed electric energy system technologies.