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Fellow - Experimental Psychology/ Market Research
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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Job Description

 About the position:

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is looking for a Fellow to join its Building Energy Efficiency Group. This is an opportunity to carry out R&D in a new Fraunhofer center on a combination of external and internal projects. You’ll be a key part of a dynamic team based in Cambridge, Massachusetts working on sustainable energy technology development.  Internship positions typically last for 6 months, but longer durations can also be accommodated. Many Fellows go on to find successful employment because of the practical experience acquired at Fraunhofer CSE.  

Specifically, we are looking for an intern to work with our Behavioral Scientist on issues related to home occupants’ interaction with energy-saving technology. 

Responsibilities and Learning Opportunities:

  • Work with the experimental psychologist and engineers on projects investigating how peoples’ behaviors affect home energy consumption and ways to modify their behaviors.
  • Help design surveys, as well as laboratory and field tests to evaluate the effectiveness of different types of energy-use feedback devices from a human factors perspective.
  • Assist in data collection and data analysis, as well preparing the results for publication or client reports. 

Required Education and Experience:

  • An excellent academic record in a relevant discipline (e.g., experimental psychology, market research, human factors engineering).
  • Experience in behavioral or market research, behavioral research methods and statistical data analysis.
  • Experience in survey design.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to accept a high degree of responsibility in a team-based organization, combined with ability to work independently.
  • Going the extra mile to support the team’s research projects. 

About Fraunhofer CSE:

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) in Boston, MA is a leading applied contract research and development laboratory supporting our society with the transition to a sustainable energy future.  We invent and develop technologies that remove barriers to the large-scale commercialization of sustainable energy technologies. Fraunhofer CSE is part of Fraunhofer USA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit contract R&D organization, affiliated with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe's largest contract R&D group. Our interdisciplinary R&D team is dedicated to serving the applied research needs of the sustainable energy industry, helping established industry players and startup companies alike develop clean energy technologies from the laboratory to the production line.  The Center has active development projects in the areas of energy efficient buildings, photovoltaic technologies, and grid impact of renewable energy technologies. For additional information please view our website at           

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