Fellowship Opportunity in HVAC, Water Heating and Appliances R&D

Building Technologies Office, Department of Energy (DOE)
Closing Date: 
Fri, 08/31/2018

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships serve 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.

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. 

The Emerging Technologies (ET) Program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) supports early-stage research and development (R&D) for technologies and systems that contribute to reductions in building energy consumption.  The goal of the ET Program is to enable the development of cost-effective technologies that can reduce building energy use intensity by 45 percent by 2030, relative to the consumption of 2010 energy-efficient technologies.  The ET Program strives to meet this goal through early-stage R&D in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) and water heating; solid-state lighting; and windows and the building envelope.  Collectively these areas account for more than 60% of the energy consumed by the buildings sector.  These efforts are complemented by sub-programs in building energy modeling (BEM) and Sensors and Controls (S&C) which together cover portions of the cyber-physical world by integrating sensing and actuation with computing and communications to monitor and control the physical component technologies within the buildings space.

The ET Program seeks a talented and committed individual among the pool of qualified candidates to participate in projects and activities in support to the HVAC, Water-Heating & Appliances Sub-Program (http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/hvac-water-heating-and-appliances). This Sub-Program invests in R&D to develop cost effective, energy efficient technologies with national labs, university and industry partners with a focus on the introduction of new heat pumping technologies, heat exchanger technologies, and advanced appliances, e.g., refrigerator and clothes dryers. In the future, there will be an increased focus on pursuing non-vapor compression technologies, which have https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/hvac-water-heating-and-appliances the potential to replace or be integrated with conventional vapor compression technologies, can provide 50% reductions in energy consumption, and have other significant environmental impacts. The fellow will work as part of team to support both sub-program staff and the larger ET program. 

Learning and Professional Development opportunities include: 

  • Participate in technical reviews/assessments of proposed research and development plans, conducting technical and economic feasibility analysis, as well as evaluating at a deep technical level the progress and ongoing viability and success potential of projects toward meeting the BTO energy efficiency goals.  This will include periodic technical reviews and providing rigorous technical feedback for funded R&D projects; as well as observe 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.
  • Participate in the assessment of the state-of-the-art scientific literature and practice in relevant technologies and assess new opportunities for further advancement in the field and the industry, especially for advanced HVAC&R systems.
  • Collaborate with other BTO Fellows to update measures based on state-of-the-art advances in HVAC&R technologies; and brainstorm program areas that leverage recent technological advances in the other ET Sub-Programs (Windows & Envelope, Sensors & Controls, Building Energy Modeling, Solid-State Lighting, Buildings-to-Grid).

Participant Benefits

Selected candidates 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. Fellows will receive a travel allowance of $10,000 per Fellowship year to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.

For more information about the EERE Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, please visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/education/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-science-technology-and-policy-program.

Apply here: https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-EERE-STP-BTO-2018-1202