The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has direct hire authority to fill hydrogen and fuel cell technologies scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) positions at the GS-11 through GS-15 grade levels. General engineers and physical scientists are the two positions at these grade levels most available within EERE. Direct hire authority allows DOE to hire faster than the traditional government hiring process does. In using this authority, DOE still abides by the Merit System Principles and all federal and DOE regulations for hiring.

Below are the job description and application instructions for the Clean Hydrogen Production Technology Manager job listing in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO).

About the Position

Position Title: Clean Hydrogen Production Technology Manager

Position / Grade: General Engineer / GS-0801-12/13 or Physical Scientist / GS-1301-12/13

Open Period: Currently open. Open until filled.

Location: Washington, DC or Golden, CO

Position type: Permanent

Number of openings: 1

Salary: $91,753–$145,617, depending on grade and location

Telework eligible: Yes


This position is for an early-career technology manager to serve on the Hydrogen Technologies team within HFTO. The incumbent will manage projects focused on hydrogen production technologies. This position will involve working with research teams from industry, academia, and national laboratories—with a focus on R&D efforts aimed at reducing the cost of clean hydrogen produced via electrolysis. Key goals of these efforts are to reduce production costs to less than $2 per kilogram of clean hydrogen by 2026 and $1 per kilogram by 2031. Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading award negotiations; following project progress; and evaluating against milestones and technical performance goals
  • Participating in development of program strategy and relevant funding opportunity announcement topics
  • Contributing to preparation of program technical documents
  • Representing HFTO and presenting at relevant technical conferences.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required to Perform the Work/Specialized Experience:

  • Expertise and knowledge in hydrogen production technologies and specifically electrolyzer technologies. Electrolyzer technologies of interest include low-temperature liquid alkaline electrolyte; membrane-based electrolyte (e.g., proton exchange membrane [PEM] and alkaline exchange membrane [AEM]); high-temperature ceramic electrolyte (e.g., solid oxide electrolysis cells [SOEC]); and other advanced electrolyzer technologies.
  • Skill in oral and written communication to communicate across a variety of audiences, including technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Additional Details:

Occasional multi-day travel will be required, including periodic travel between DOE headquarters and the Golden Field Office (in Golden, Colorado). Financial disclosure is required, and incumbent may be required to pass a background investigation.

How To Apply

Step 1: Visit the Clean Energy Jobs Corps page and click "Apply Now."

Step 2: Select your areas of interest. The relevant areas of interest for this position are:

  • Hydrogen.

Step 3: During the "Disclosures" step, under "Applicant Source," select "Other," and provide the referral code: #EERE. This code will direct your resume to the appropriate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office hiring managers.

Step 4: Complete all other steps of the application and hit "Submit."

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.