Bioenergy Systems Engineering Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Systems Engineering or related field and three years of experience and research in the field of energy systems engineering/bioenergy engineering is needed to work with Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) and their Innovation Center for Agroecology, Climate Change, and Angripreneurship. PSAU has identified the importance of the implementation of alternative resources to be used as a means for generating energy, such as biomass (organic, plant-based material) that is readily at hand in the Philippines. Recently the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) funded the establishment of a Bioenergy Laboratory at PSAU. The lab is equipped for the conversion of biomass into energy. However, the area of energy systems at PSAU is in its establishment stage and there is a need for professionals and technical assistance.

A PCRV is needed to work with the university and laboratory staff to develop and plan a strategic 10 year sustainable plan on energy systems engineering. The PCRV will explore and evaluate the potential of local biomass feedstock as transportation fuels as well as other bioenergy resources. He/she will design prototype energy systems and draft collaborative research proposals, as well as mentor faculty and students in the conduct of research on bioenergy systems. The long term plan of the university is to emerge as a leader in the field of energy systems engineering.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Philippines together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Engineering, Bioenergy Engineering or related field;
• At least 3 years of experience or practice in the field of energy systems engineering/bioenergy engineering;
• At least 3 years’ experience in research and extension on energy systems or bioenergy engineering;
• Demonstrated ability to live and work in a multi-cultural setting; and
• Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated flexibility.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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