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Faculty Opportunities at ORNL

Are you ready to strengthen your scientific and technical expertise in the field while collaborating with world-renowned researchers? These programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provide hands-on research opportunities for faculty from U.S. colleges and universities.

All programs on this page are limited to current, full-time teaching faculty at an institution of higher education in the U.S., unless otherwise noted. Application deadlines vary by program. Click on the Program name to learn more about each.

DOE Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)
  • Full-time Faculty
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • Limited to select institutions
Fixed Stipend 10-week, Summer Full-time
HBCU/MEI Faculty Summer Research Program
  • Full-time Faculty
  • No citizenship requirement
  • Limited to select institutions
Matches home institution salary 10-week, Summer Full-time
Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) - Faculty
  • Full-time Faculty
  • Non-teaching faculty accepted
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
Matches home institution salary Year-round, Summer Semester or Sabbatical participation Full-time or part-time
ORNL Faculty Researcher Amir Elzawawy

Amir Elzawawy

Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering, Faculty
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

“My research goal was to enhance the ability to simulate and understand the mechanical interaction between high-speed coolant flow and nuclear research reactor fuel plates, an internal component of the nuclear research reactor core. This understanding is necessary in order to facilitate the conversion of nuclear research reactors around the world from high-enriched uranium, which poses security and safety risks, to low-enriched uranium (LEU). To do this, I used a software platform called COMSOL Multiphysics to develop high-resolution simulations of the interplay between water and fuel plates. The simulation optimized the design for LEU conversion, which helped limit costly experimental testing.”


“I chose to participate in the Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program to participate in research activities with DOE scientists and researchers. I knew the program would allow me to grow as a faculty member and teach my undergraduate engineering students current engineering challenges, in addition to providing them with the most up-to-date skills.”


“The skills I learned and software I used can be utilized to conduct research to help build nuclear reactors and also can be used to study blood flow in arteries. It’s amazing to see how broad the applications are. This summer was the most productive for me in terms how much I learned. It is a ‘don’t miss’ opportunity for faculty career development.”

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