Photovoltaic arrays at the SunEdison facility at SolarTAC in Aurora, Colorado. Photovoltaics are just one of many clean energy technologies participants of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Postdoctoral Research Award Program work on. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Are you a recent Ph.D. graduate with an interest in solar energy? Even if your background is in social sciences or computer science, you can play a big role in helping the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) tackle some of America’s biggest energy challenges. This year, the EERE Postdoctoral Research Award Program offers recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied solar energy research and development at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.
Research topics sponsored by EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, in support of the SunShot Initiative, vary from applying behavioral science insights to solar energy deployment, to using big data to break down market barriers such as soft costs, to innovative material sciences research focusing on photovoltaics or concentrating solar power. The approximately five selected researchers will help advance the SunShot Initiative goal to make solar energy technologies cost competitive with conventional energy sources by 2020. After the two-year program is complete, awardees are well-suited for full-time faculty or research positions in their fields.
- Dr. Shane Ardo, University of California, Irvine
- Dr. Sarah Cowan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Dr. Neil Dasgupta, University of Michigan