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Residential Buildings Decarbonization Fellow: Building Technologies Office

STIPEND RANGE: $60,000 - $95,000 (and up - *Stipend rates are determined by DOE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background.)


·       Competitive stipend

·       Health insurance allowance

·       Up to $5,000 relocation reimbursement

·       Up to $10,000 research materials and travel allowance

·       Federal Holidays observed

·       Hybrid participation options

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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, engineers, and professionals by providing opportunities to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) in Washington, D.C. Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists, engineers, and policy experts with the education, background, and experience to support DOE's mission and transition to a clean energy economy. BTO supports that mission by conducting research and implementing programs to support efficient decarbonization of more than 125 million homes and buildings throughout the United States.

The United States has over 118 million housing units split between rented and owner-occupied single-family homes, manufactured homes, and apartment units. These housing units consume about 22% of total US energy and cost households $220 billion in energy bills each year. Energy efficient features like insulation, heat pumps, LEDs, and ENERGY STAR® equipment can help households reduce their energy bills, increase comfort, and reduce pollution. The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Residential Buildings Integration (RBI) Team supports analysis, data tools, and efficiency programs to increase access to these technologies nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), Residential Buildings Integration (RBI) team is seeking Fellows to engage with its dynamic work to enable better housing through widespread access to energy efficiency technologies and resources. Learning and professional opportunity opportunities include:

  • Participating in technical reviews/assessments of proposed research and development plans, collaborate in conducting technical and economic feasibility analysis, and evaluate at a deep technical level the progress and ongoing viability and success potential of projects toward meeting the BTO energy efficiency goals. 
  • Periodic technical reviews and providing rigorous technical feedback for funded R&D projects and assisting in the negotiation of statements of work and project management plans for new awards.
  • Collaborating in the assessment of state-of-the-art scientific literature and practice in relevant technologies and assessing new opportunities for further advancement in the field and the industry.
  • Contributing to completion of BTO strategy and complementary roadmaps on decarbonization, reaching affordable housing, workforce development, efficiency financing, and/or housing health impacts.
  • Collaborating with BTO federal employees, contractors, laboratory staff, and other fellows on technical and techno-economic analyses and develop short-term and long-term quantitative goals for BTO.

These activities will be carried out in collaboration BTO staff and Fellows at all levels, support service contractors, and National Lab experts.

Location: Washington, D.C.

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Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their professional and academic record, expertise in the field, and potential for making contributions on residential efficiency topics. Degrees in various fields will be considered for participation if the participant application demonstrates interest and experience in clean energy technology, clean energy policies and programs, decarbonization, housing, affordable housing, public health, environmental protection, equitable programming, market research, data analysis, and/or project coordination. Fellows will be interested to participate in a fast-paced environment where decisions are being made about how to integrate priorities for climate mitigation, good jobs, and environmental justice in U.S. housing.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have a passion for buildings, energy efficiency, technology research, development, and deployment (RD&D), housing, decarbonization, affordable housing, and/or housing justice.
  • Have interest and experience in working in a multi-disciplinary, metrics-oriented, fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Be an excellent writer and researcher and have strong skills in analyzing and summarizing complex topics in the context of technology and policy strategy. 
  • Have academic and/or professional experience in basic research, report writing, and self-directed time and project management.


You must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident and be pursuing, or have completed requirements for, a Bachelor’s, Master's, or Doctoral Degree.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working with or analyzing residential energy efficiency programs.
  • Knowledge of strategies to identify, evaluate and prioritize cost-effective energy savings measures in new and existing homes and buildings.
  • Experience with successful market transformation programs, policy, and regulatory interventions, and/or public-private partnerships.
  • Experience in researching or developing voluntary energy efficiency policies or programs for residential buildings, such as strategies designed to overcome specific technical and structural barriers and/or the evaluating of program effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of real estate, including understanding of home ownership structures, lease types, and mortgage financing structures common for US homes.

For more information about Fellowships with BTO in the EERE Science, Technology, and Policy Program, please visit

Questions? Email Please list the reference code [DOE-EERE-STP-BTO-2023-1203] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.