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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.

Program Eligibility Duration Commitment
Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)
  • Recent Master’s or Ph.D. Graduate
  • No citizenship requirement
Year-round
1-6 months
Add’l 6 month 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
Full-time
Tyler Pannell

Tyler P.

Microbiology
ASTRO Participant
Research Focus:

Pannell is digging deeper into the energy potential of organic waste. He uses a process called anaerobic digestion, which utilizes methane-producing micro-organisms to produce a biogas similar in feature and capability to natural gas.

Experience Gained:

“My research, and the questions arising from my research, keep me thinking about the importance of sustainability and specifically, about the relationship between chemical/organic wastes and energy.”

Thoughts on Program:

“This experience has given me valuable practical engineering experience in research and development.”