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Engineering and Building Science Research Participant Opportunity

  • ORAU
  • 02/15/19
  • Washington, DC
  • 20001
  • DOE / Yearly
  • Full-Time

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 Building Technologies Office (BTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking to engage a candidate to participate as an engineering and building science research participant in the Residential Building Integration (RBI)s Building America program, and BTOs Building Energy Codes (BEC) Program. BTO leads a vast network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy saving solutionsbetter products, better new homes, better ways to improve older homes, and better buildings in which we work, shop, and lead our everyday lives. RBI helps meet BTO goals by supporting whole building integration research to help improve the design, construction, and operation of homes throughout the U.S., reduce the cost of residential retrofits, improve indoor quality and ventilation, and support continuous improvement of industry standards for the installation of high efficiency products and equipment.

The participant will conduct engineering analysis to aid RBI in developing and refining applied research approaches and validation methods to support existing and new initiatives. The participant will assess advanced construction technologies and systems, advanced mechanical systems integration solutions, zero energy ready home technology and systems, building performance measurement approaches, and smart home integration opportunities such as grid-interactive efficient building technologies. Generally, the participant will collaborate with program managers with coordination of research, national laboratory teams, and the building energy codes program.

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 candidates 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.

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.


Program eligibility requirements can be found at: visit

The preferred candidate should possess the following skills and/or experience:

Skill applying a broad range of engineering fields to systems associated with buildings technologies. The engineering fields include mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, systems engineering, and thermodynamics, none of which is paramount.

Skill in defining and applying analytical methods and tools to assess life-cycle cost, energy savings, and consumer environmental, manufacturer or national economic impact.

Knowledge of strategies to achieve cost-effective energy savings in new and existing buildings, such as market engagement programs, policy and regulatory interventions, and public-private partnerships.

Knowledge of projects in progress, trends, influences, and projections, as they relate to energy efficiency in buildings technologies.

Experience with residential energy management programs and strategies.

Understanding of the economics of energy efficiency, including payback, rate of return and net present value. Familiarity with key technologies and practices for improving energy efficiency in buildings.

Strong technical knowledge and real-world experience with building program research and program implementation, and the ability to present analytical results in a timely summary manner is preferred. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their professional and academic record, expertise in their field, and potential for making contributions in the area of building energy efficiency

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