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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
2017 Student/Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Varies
SRNL NSD seeks Postdoctoral Research Associate 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)
Call for Papers - Technologies for Disabilities Jan. 8, 2018
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Jan. 8, 2018

Call for Papers - Technologies for Disabilities

July 19, 2017

Technology and Innovation (T&I) is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on technologies for disabilities

Rapid technological advancements and innovations continue to largely target the “able” population with little consideration to accessibility, leaving behind the 15 percent (1 billion) of the world’s population who has some form of disability. Individuals with disabilities often must adapt themselves (usually unsuccessfully) to available devices and software designed with accessibility as an afterthought rather than as an integral component from ideation to development. Ad hoc solutions are common in which disparate technologies are combined to circumvent accessibility issues, often with much struggle. There is therefore a pronounced need for research on innovative assistive and rehabilitative technologies spanning diverse disabilities, including sensory, physical, and cognitive impairment as a result of an injury, disease, disorder, and/or aging. We invite authors to submit articles representing cutting edge advances and outcomes in assistive and rehabilitative technology intended for use by:

  • Individuals with sensory impairment, including visual (e.g., blindness, low vision) and/or hearing (e.g., deafness, hard-of-hearing)
  • Individuals with motor impairment due to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Cerebral Palsy, or other causes
  • Individuals with cognitive impairment affecting speech, language, memory, attention, and/or learning
  • Individuals with psychiatric disabilities (e.g., anxiety, mood disorders)

Initial manuscripts should be submitted by January 2, 2018. Instructions for authors, including journal policies, manuscript formatting information, and author forms, can be found at:

T&I is published by the National Academy of Inventors and presents information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences, with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation, and welcomes manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. They publish original articles in basic and applied research, critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays, and patent and book reviews of interest to our readers. If you have questions or would like to submit a manuscript, please contact associate editor of T&I, Kimberly Macuare, at

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18th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair

June 7, 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.

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 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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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 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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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 to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers great research opportunities! 


  • 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            


  • 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

Employment and Entrepreneurship seminar at the University of South Carolina

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.