Solar Research Program Analyst

Mission Support Washington, DC


Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) is currently seeking a Solar Research Program Analyst to provide technical and programmatic support to the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This position will work with representatives of SETO’s Manufacturing and Competitiveness Team. The ideal candidate should be experienced in the areas of solar technology manufacturing innovation and product development (to include PV, concentrating solar thermal power, power electronics and software); transitioning technology from laboratories into companies; solar technology commercialization and market entry; and solar start-up ecosystems and challenges. This position will support comprehensive technical assessments, evaluate and make recommendations on the technological relevance and potential impact of proposed research projects, and assist with monitoring/evaluating funded R&D project progress and performance. This technical advisory role will support the government management team’s decision-making capabilities and facilitate the establishment and continuous evaluation of funding throughout the R&D process across a broad project portfolio of cutting-edge clean energy technologies in various stages from basic research to commercialization. The position will interface with R&D organizations including government labs, industry, and academia to identify transformation scientific concepts and unproven technologies that are high risk, high payoff investments to radically advance renewable energy and energy resilience capabilities. Successful candidates should also have familiarity with workforce needs for the solar industry (from installation companies to R&D to manufacturing) and programming related to commercialization skills development at universities and national laboratories.

 Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Assessing current and emerging solar energy products and technologies and identify benefits/challenges of applying them into integrated commercial energy systems.
  • Providing technical support in the development of user requirements, evaluation of proposed technical designs/applications, technical progress evaluations and risk assessments/mitigation planning.
  • Managing cooperative agreements and grants that engage a variety of different R&D partners with a special focus on for-profit entities of all sizes.
  • Preparing scientific/technical material for and participate in stakeholder engagement forums such as conferences, symposiums and technical interchange meetings that may include government representatives, academia, and industry partners.
  • Contributing to technology strategic planning, research idea formulation/execution, cost/benefits analyses, technical progress assessments, and technology transfer efforts.
  • Strong analytical capabilities and experience in conducting risk versus payoff assessments to guide funding priorities and project initiation or termination decisions in a complex R&D environment.
  • Assisting in reviews of application materials, concept papers and complete pre-screening of related documents on behalf of the government customer to support current and future competitive solicitations.
  • Assisting the government team with the synthesis of information flow from Federal Contract Managers and Industry Partnerships, supporting decision-making, and ensuring execution of directives at Federal offices, National Laboratories, and industry partnership organizations.
  • Conducting research and preparing technical briefings, white papers, or related deliverables as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Years of Professional Experience: 
    • 5 years with Bachelor’s Degree
    • Preference will be given to degrees in a physical science or engineering discipline.
  • Authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions.

Preferred Experience:

  • Solar manufacturing involving material fabrication/assembly across the solar value chain.
  • Solar business support, including early-stage assistance to entrepreneurs and small company start-ups for addressing technological barriers to commercialization and moving innovative products to market.
  • Solar energy cost analysis covering technology costs, market competitiveness, innovative financing programs, and detailed levelized cost of energy (LCOE) analyses.
  • An additional business or technology policy degree.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to clearly articulate and defend the problem statement, the technical approaches, and expected impacts of the solutions.
  • Demonstrated skill using Microsoft Office 365.