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Recent Master’s and Ph.D. Graduate Opportunities at ORNL

These programs offer challenging research opportunities to recent recipients of Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Participants are matched with active research teams and conduct research in areas that support Oak Ridge National Laboratory missions.

All programs on this page are limited to recent Master’s or Ph.D. graduates. Recent is defined as having obtained the degree within five years of the application submission date. You must be at least 18 years old by the first day of your appointment. Application deadlines vary by program.

Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)
  • Recent Master’s or Ph.D. Graduate
  • No citizenship requirement
1-12 months
Add’l 12 months possible
Full-time or part-time
Computational Science and Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS)
  • Current Graduate Student
  • No citizenship requirement
  • 3.5+ GPA
  • Prior computational experience
Year-round – 1 year minimum
Add’l 4 years possible 
Full-time or part-time
Post-Master’s Research Participation Program
  • Recent Master’s Graduate
  • No citizenship requirement
Year-round - 1 year
Add’l 3 years
Mari Gillogly

Mari G.

International Security, Recent Master's Graduate
King's College London
Research Focus:

“In a future that sees more than 50 countries with plans to begin or enhance their use of nuclear technology over the next 20 years, we need to consistently develop and re-develop workshops, trainings, advisory services, educational programs for nuclear safety, security, and safeguards. My main task was to develop, host, and support internationally based trainings and workshops on nuclear safeguards regulations, nuclear materials accountancy, curriculum development, and related non-proliferation objectives.”

Experience Gained:

“I especially enjoyed the environment of ORNL. I realized that spending time at one of the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories was vital to learning more about day-to-day project implementation for non-proliferation programs and increasing my capacity for future endeavors. There’s no better place than right here to continue broadening knowledge and skills in the nuclear safeguards, safety, and security arenas.”

Thoughts on Program:

“This was a great decision for me. The more time I spent at ORNL, the more I understood the technology and science behind the policies and programs I was tasked with executing. An important lesson, I learned was that I am only a very small part of the laboratory environment. It is incredible what diverse intelligence can exist in such a small space and how much I learned from it.”

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