Program seeks bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree students and recent graduates to focus on solutions for adapting to solar and other distributed energy sources

7 December 2017 - OAK RIDGE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is accepting applications for the Solar Energy Innovators Program, a program of the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Technologies Office. The Solar Energy Innovators Program offers research opportunities for up to two years focused on topics related to the integration of solar energy.

The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electrical utilities, energy service providers and electric public utility commissions as the deployment of solar energy and other distributed energy resources increase on the electrical grid.

To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents pursuing a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree or have received one of these degrees in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. 

Selected participants will receive an annual stipend based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications. Participants will be eligible to receive an allowance of up to $10,000 for education and/or scientific activities, a health insurance supplement and possible relocation travel of up to $5,000. The appointment is full-time and cannot be supplemented with additional salary from the host institution. Questions about the Solar Energy Innovators Program should be directed to

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development to improve the flexibility and performance of solar technologies that contribute to a reliable and resilient U.S. electric grid. The office invests in innovative research efforts that securely integrate more solar energy into the grid, enhance the use and storage of solar energy, and lower solar electricity costs.

Dateline for submission: January 8, 2018

Source: The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

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