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Are you interested in working in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)?

We’re looking for the best and brightest! Please see below for open job opportunities:

GENERAL ENGINEER

**This position is at the GS-13 level.**

The general engineer will serve on SETO’s systems integration team and supports the research, development, and demonstration of high-impact technologies and solutions that enable the reliable, resilient, secure, and affordable integration of solar energy onto the nation’s electric power grid.

Responsibilities include evaluating technology area portfolios, conducting gap analysis, and supporting the development of strategic roadmaps; performing and interpreting calculations, analyses, and computations for unknown factors or relationships, primarily in the matters of involving well understood mechanisms; initiating and supporting the planning of new programs, including concepts, requirement documents, workshops, merit reviews, briefings, and award negotiations.

This position requires in-depth knowledge and experience in at least one of these technical areas: (1) power system modeling/simulation; (2) power electronics and controls; (3) renewable energy and energy storage; (4) microgrids; (5) communications and data analytics.

This position is open until filled and is based in Washington, DC. Click here to apply for the general engineer position. In addition, please send your résumé to solar@ee.doe.gov.

PROGRAM MANAGER

SETO is hiring a program manager to lead the manufacturing and competitiveness team, which supports groundbreaking, early-stage solar technology concepts to move them toward readiness for greater private sector investment and scale-up to commercialization. The team utilizes Prize programs, which leverage American innovation and competitive spirit to advance economic growth and energy security, as well as other competitive funding opportunities and national laboratories to support domestic companies and entrepreneurs in advancing and validating their ideas for innovative solar products.

The program manager is responsible for managing a team of technology managers and contract staff, as well as a portfolio of research and development programs with an annual budget of $60 million in FY20. Responsibilities include planning, budgeting, developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating initiatives, and communicating their objectives to industry stakeholders in workshops, seminars, and conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Have a passion for solar energy technologies and the energy system
  • Communicate in both private and public speaking in a clear, effective, and engaging manner
  • Be a thought leader in the solar industry
  • Demonstrate prior management experience
  • Have a degree or significant coursework in physical science or engineering
  • Be willing to be based in Washington, D.C.

This position is open until filled and is based in Washington, DC. Please send your résumé to solar@ee.doe.gov.

CHIEF SCIENTIST

**This position is at the GS-15 level.**

The chief scientist will lead cross-cutting strategic projects to inform and shape the direction of SETO and will provide technical evaluations of selected topics. The chief scientist reports directly to the SETO Director. The chief scientist should have deep knowledge of the solar industry, strong analytical skills, and the ability to speak and write clearly to both technical and non-technical audiences. This position is expected to be based in Washington, DC.

Qualifications for a Physical Scientist Position

Basic Requirement:

A.  Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

or

B.  Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

You must meet the Basic Requirement and "Specialized Experience" to qualify for this position as described below. If you apply through the usajobs.gov link you will have to identify which grade you wish to be considered for.  A description of the experience requirements by grade are noted below.  If you submit your résumé to the email box, please identify the position and grade you wish to be considered for.

Specialized Experience Requirements

The specialized experience listed are the minimum requirements for the series, each particular vacancy may have additional experience necessary to meet the applicable grade level.

To be considered for the GS-13 position you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes communicating progress, status, and approval in order to evolve efficient and technically adequate responses; preparing reports to recommend solutions to compliance issues; performing consulting or other professional, scientific, technical, administrative, fiscal, or other specialized work; and/or performing management planning duties such as concept development, master integration planning, and programming design for programs or projects, taking into account feasibility, costs, and economics.

To be considered for the GS-14 position you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes performing consulting or other professional, scientific, technical, administrative, fiscal, or other specialized work; reviewing and evaluating program priorities and conduct periodic scientific reviews to evaluate facility performance; preparing, justifying, and supporting the portions of the budget relating to the program; and/or analyzing regulations to resolve compliance issues during project execution.

To be considered for the GS-15 position you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Experience includes evaluating the effect of technical developments on fundamental policies, objectives and goals; developing new concepts, plan, and evaluate long-range programs and projects; planning and executing specialized programs on scientific, technical, administrative, and fiscal matters; and/or developing and managing funding for scientific research programs, determining funding levels, and recommending proposal, denials and program determinations for assigned programs.

Education Requirements

This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. For specific education requirements, please see the Education Requirements. If selected, official transcripts may be requested.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

DOE has direct hire authority for this position.  Please send your résumé to solar@ee.doe.gov and note the position for which you are applying in the subject line. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your résumés.