MOST Research Group Opportunities
Solar photovoltaic technology represents one of the fastest growing industries and the open source hardware movement is exploding. As all things green and sustainable are enjoying enormous popularity and Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) is on the cutting edge of two popular fields - entrance into the MOST Research Group is extremely competitive, but we are always looking for outstanding applicants at all levels (post-doc, Ph.D., Masters and Undergraduate).

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Potential Graduate Students

Dr. Pearce is seeking students at the Ph.D and masters levels for research in solar photovoltaic materials and open source appropriate technology. Interested applicants should have a strong academic background and a demonstrated interest in solar energy or open source hardware.

 Ph.D. and masters students are fully funded, both tuition and monthly stipends. Only the highest quality students interested in a masters degree will be considered. Students are generally ranked in the top 10% of their class or higher at an internationally-reputable institution and have undertaken some major project in applied sustainability before joining the group (e.g. organized  Engineers Without Borders chapters at their former schools) or open hardware/software (e.g. founded a hackerspace). Competitive applicants have TOEFL scores >100, and GRE percentage scores in the high 90's.

We are particulary interested in students that either 1) have experience in research on solar PV or 2) have experience in open source hardware/RepRap technology.

To begin to apply for a graduate position please send Dr. Pearce a short email describing your interests including GRE/TOEFL scores (% ranks) and CV with list of publications to Please note we get dozens of emails per week - make sure your introductory email makes it clear that you have fulfilled the criteria above.

We have openings for paid undergraduate research positions through the McArthur Internship program both during the academic year as well as during the summers. Contact Dr. Pearce for details.

We encourage non-MTU undergrads to visit for the summer, but they will have to apply for their own funding.

All undergraduates should be considering graduate school. Consider the following graph:

Visiting Graduate Students and Postdocs
We have openings for visiting graduate students and postdocs. Internships are unpaid (you must have your own funding) and must last at least 6 months. If interested, please send your CV and a statement of your research interests to

We are eager to collaborate with industry in our research. If interested, contact Joshua Pearce (

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