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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
Postdoctoral Research Awards in Solar Energy May 31, 2017
DOE-SunShot Innovators Program June 30, 2017
Registration and Abstract Solicitation for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting Varies
2017 Student/Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Varies
SRNL NSD seeks Postdoctoral Research Associate Open until filled
SRNL seeks Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemical Processing Technologies Open until filled
18th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair July 27, 2017
ORAU Events Sponsorship Program Cycle 1 deadline: Sept. 1
Cycle 2 deadline: March 1
ORAU Travel Grants Ongoing (may submit two requests per fiscal year, which runs Oct. 1 to Sept. 30)
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Jan. 8, 2018

Postdoctoral Research Awards in Solar Energy deadline is May 31

May 25, 2017

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE Program Office sponsoring the award. Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials.

Benefits include a yearly stipend of $65,000, a research allowance of $10,000, a research mentor allowance of $5,000, health insurance, and possible relocation travel up to $5,000.

Applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years from the application deadline or be expected to complete all the doctoral degree requirements by May 30, 2017.
  • Have U.S. citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status by May 15, 2017.
  • Be available to start by September 1, 2017. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered for applicants with previous commitments. Contact DOE-RPP@orau.org for additional information.
  • Have received support to submit an application from a research mentor who holds a principal investigator position at a research facility (see Research Mentors for requirements and expectations for research mentors).
  • Be eligible to obtain security or visitation clearance, if one is required by the host facility.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to pursue innovative research in EERE areas of interest.
  • Have a superior academic performance record.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Doctoral degree or have received this degree within 60 months.
  • Discipline(s): Earth and Geosciences (All); Engineering (All); Other Physical Sciences (All); Physics; Applied Physics; Physics (General); Computer Sciences (All)

Appointment Location: Various federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria, information about EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards and application instructions, please visit energy.gov/eere/education/eere-postdoctoral-research-awards. For additional information please contact Cedricka Harris.

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DOE-SunShot Innovators Program

May 25, 2017

The SunShot Innovators Program supports recent Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate graduates as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar technologies and policies. The SunShot Innovators Program offers hands-on, practical experiences that allow participants to contribute innovative solutions to the challenges utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) face as they adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). The SunShot Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO).  For more information about SETO and the SunShot Initiative, visit energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiative

Participant Benefits
Appointments are for up to two years. The initial appointment period is one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of the project assignments, and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the appointment for a second year will be made by SETO in consultation with the hosting institution. Stipends will be based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications.

Qualifications

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2017.
  • Meet one of the following conditions: 
    • Level 1: Have earned an undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.
    • Level 2: Have earned a graduate degree (Doctorate or Master’s) in the past three years in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position.
    • Level 3: Have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public policy, business, law or other field relevant to the position. Applicant must have at least ten years of post-degree experience in a technical or research position in a field related to energy innovation.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017 Eastern Time

For full eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3250. For additional information please contact Taylor Pitchford, DOE-RPP@orau.org.

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Registration and Abstract Solicitation for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting

May 25, 2017

The Spallation Neutron Source – High Flux Isotope Reactor (SNS-HFIR) User Group has announced that registration for the 2017 Joint Nanoscience and Neutron Scattering User Meeting  is open and abstract solicitation is ongoing.  The meeting will be held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is set for week of July 31 - August 4, 2017 and will highlight research achievements by users and staff of Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and of ORNL’s neutron scattering user facilities, as well as the broader neutron-scattering and nanoscience research communities.  There will be opportunities to meet with facility staff and other researchers to discuss and plan for submitting user proposals and other collaborative activities.

Additionally, the main User Meeting, on Aug. 1-2, will feature:

  • Six plenary addresses
  • Six parallel tracks of oral presentations, including 16 invited speakers
  • The topics of the SNS/HFIR-focused tracks are as follows:
    • Materials for energy, sustainability and the environment
    • Quantum phenomena in materials
    • Chemical and Engineering Materials
    • Data Analysis, modeling and visualization
  • Additional contributed talks and posters selected from submitted abstracts
  • Poster Session with Best Student Poster Competition
  • Facility tours
  • Opportunities for user proposal planning with facility staff
    User group Town Hall meetings and Panel Discussions

A variety of focused Workshops and Tutorials will also be held on July 31 and August 3. These include hands-on data analysis sessions, a workshop how to prepare your sample for your neutron scattering experiment, an introduction to polarized neutron capabilities at SNS/HFIR, focused sessions on the use of High Performance Computing (HPC) with neutron scattering as well as new tools available for modeling structure and dynamics (CAMM), and a workshop devoted to liquids reflectometry and large scale structures.

IMPORTANT DATES

The SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) consists of all persons interested in using the neutron scattering facilities at Oak Ridge. Learn more: neutrons.ornl.gov/shug.

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The National Security Directorate (NSD) at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks Postdoctoral Research Associate

May 10, 2017

The National Security Directorate (NSD) is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to participate in the development and implementation of gas chromatographic techniques for the detection of hydrogen isotopes and impurities. The main goal of the program is to refine the current techniques and build a prototype of a gas chromatograph for the desired application. The selected candidate will be involved in a team composed of scientists and engineers identifying potential opportunities to refine analytical methods mostly focused on gas chromatographic techniques. 

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Interpretation of data derived from experiments,
  • Participating in and informing the optimization of experimental conditions, and
  • Design appropriate setup and material(s) to obtain desired analytical separations.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Have earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably), Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering; from an accredited university or college within the last 60 months
  • Be capable of obtaining a security clearance.

Applications will be taken until a candidate is selected. For more information and to apply: SRNL Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Laboratory/Weapons Technology Group https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3273. The SRNL Postgraduate Research Associates Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).​

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Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Postdoctoral Research Associate opportunity, Chemical Processing Technologies Section

May 10, 2017

The Environmental Stewardship Directorate (ESD) at SRNL seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Chemical Processing Technology Section at the Aiken, SC facility. The successful candidate for this position will perform research into radiochemical separations, reprocessing of nuclear fuels, and novel actinide and ion-exchange materials. The research thrusts include: Actinide and fission product chemistry associated with the reprocessing of irradiated nuclear fuels; synthesis, characterization and performance of new materials for radiochemical separations; and chemical and physical properties of actinide materials. Additional mission areas may include other Department of Energy offices, the International waste management community, and commercial entities with unique waste-disposal problems. 

The candidate is expected to support multiple programs/customers and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.  The ability to work with multi-discipline teams to solve these problems will be crucial to the candidates and SRNL's success.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Have earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry (preferably), Chemical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering; from an accredited university or college within the last 60 months
  • Be capable of obtaining a security clearance.

APPLY NOW! Hiring for June 2017 - Applications will be taken until a candidate is selected. For the position description and to apply: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3246. For information on the Savannah River Nuclear Laboratory: http://srnl.doe.gov/.

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18th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair

April 11, 2017

The 18th ORISE and ORNL graduate student recruitment fair will take place this August! Last year we had close to 500 of the nation’s top undergraduates in our research participant programs at ORNL, and we predict that number will grow this year. With undergraduates in a wide variety of fields ranging from physical sciences to engineering, you are sure to find a perfect fit for your institution’s graduate programs. Many of our undergraduates transition to graduate school, attending institutions such as MIT, Cornell University, and Duke University.

The fair is held in conjunction with the conclusion of the ORNL summer undergraduate student programs to capitalize on this brimming talent pool. Over 200 students from across the country will present posters of their research at ORNL during an all-day session on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. The Recruitment Fair will run the entire day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so students may come to all university tables during the day. We’re offering some exciting incentives for students this year, including professional LinkedIn headshots, to further engage our undergraduates.

I do hope you will attend or have others represent your institution to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to attract top-flight students to your institution’s graduate programs.

EVENT REGISTRATION
The registration deadline is Thursday, July 27. There will be a limit of one table/four people per institution. Table location will be assigned upon arrival. Register each attendee at https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/2017gradstudentfair.aspx to reserve a table and receive ORNL badge access. Only those who register will receive badge access.

Be aware that increased security concerns require that you have early approval to access the Laboratory. U.S. Citizens must apply by July 27, and non-citizens, including permanent residents, will have to apply for visit approval by June 8. Representatives will be limited to Building 5200, ORNL Visitor Center and will not be permitted to go to any other buildings on campus. If you will be meeting with any ORNL staff, they will need to meet with you in the Visitor Center, where there are plenty of tables and chairs available.

For additional information, you may contact Marian LaForest at Ornledu@orau. The phone number is 865-576-1234.

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2017 Student/Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Feb. 10, 2017

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Scientific programs focus on materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSCdUJ8cavw to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers great research opportunities! 

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Full-time faculty member in STEM field at an accredited U.S. institution

Application Deadline, Informational Website and Contact Information

Higher Education Research Experience Students and Recent Graduates            

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  • Open to Undergraduates, Recent-BS and AAS, MS, and Ph.D.
  • Appointments are primarily for Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors but all majors can apply
  • Minimum GPA - 2.5/4.0

Application Deadline, Informational Website and Contact Information

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Information regarding ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program

ORAU has launched an ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) pilot program, designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners by funding innovative research-based approaches/ solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Through an internal, competitive application process, successful ODRD-funded projects will result in proposals that can generate new sponsored research, jointly performed by ORAU and partner universities.

Funds allocated to universities may be used for faculty summer salary, graduate student salary, travel, equipment, or other assistance relevant to the faculty member’s research. ORAU does not allow overhead charges or indirect costs on the award.

ODRD projects are an ORAU program-driven effort at this time. If the program is extended to FY 2017, additional information regarding eligibility, the application process and deadlines will be provided.   


Spotlight on the Powe Junior Faculty Awards program


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Learn about the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards and how they are making a difference for junior faculty at ORAU member universities across the country.