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ORAU specializes in scientific and technical staffing support, bringing highly qualified professionals to your organization to fulfill critical project and business requirements.

We have an extensive network in government, academia, and private industry from which to recruit specialized S&T talent for hard-to-fill positions. Our distinguished talent pool is different from other scientific staffing firms because of our 70+ years of STEM workforce expertise and our wide range of partnerships for talent sourcing and personnel management. 

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    STEM talent acquisition and management solutions for government and business employers

    We have an extensive network in government, academia, and private industry from which to recruit specialized S&T talent for hard-to-fill positions. Our distinguished talent pool is different from other scientific staffing firms because of our 70+ years of STEM workforce expertise and our wide range of partnerships for talent sourcing and personnel management. 

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    Jobs and internships for top scientific and technical talent and other support personnel

    Opportunities provided through ORAU ensure you are STEM-career ready. You can be offered internships or jobs at national labs, research institutions, government offices and private-sector R&D departments. Our clients are also looking for business, communications, administrative and other personnel to provide strong support to their scientific and technical missions.

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    Meet our recruiters

    Meet the ORAU recruiters who help college students, recent graduates and other job seekers find STEM internships and full-time careers with federal agencies.

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What we offer

Talent management, administration and reporting capabilities

  • Immigration services for foreign nationals
  • Travel and relocation management
  • Incentives for contract personnel
  • Customized reporting for program evaluations
  • Customer and employee self-service portals and custom websites

Recruitment capabilities

  • Zintellect and other sourcing tools
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and video interviewing
  • 120+ university consortium

Other value-added services

  • Security clearance sponsorship
  • Peer review services
  • Tuition reimbursement program

Why choose ORAU?

Let ORAU manage the candidate experience for you and improve your overall recruitment efforts.

  • 28-day average turnaround time to recruit, hire and place candidates
  • 9,000+ placements a year
  • 1,300 universities represented
  • Representing countries around the globe
  • Placement options to suit every client need
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    Lifecycle workforce solutions approach ensures candidates are STEM-career ready

    Because great experiences fuel lifelong passions, ORAU focuses on a lifecycle approach to developing the next generation of scientific and technical talent. From K-12 science education programs to hands-on jobs and internships, we provide a wide range of experience for STEM talent acquisition. We also reach deep into our 120+ member university consortium and other academic networks to find students, graduates, postdoctoral researchers, and subject matter experts in a variety of STEM fields and engage them with government and private sector opportunities.

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    Connecting with STEM researchers and educators

    At the Scientific Research and Education Network Coast Event, Lauren Bamford presented two EPA lesson plans to local educators—Generate: The Energy Game, a teaching tool designed to demonstrate the challenges and tradeoffs involved in making energy choices; and Build Your Own Particulate Matter Sensor, a hands-on STEM activity that engages students in the issues surrounding air quality. The event aims to connect local STEM researchers and educators to foster the dissemination of current research and ultimately enhance the science literacy of today's youth.

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    GSA Contracting Schedules

    ORAU has a variety of contract vehicles in place to help you establish a working relationship with us more quickly and efficiently.

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Looking for talent? Wherever, whenever?

Looking for talent? Wherever, whenever?

ORAU’s experienced team of virtual event managers specializes in creating a customized virtual career fair to reach your target audience and your recruiting goals. Whether you are trying to increase diversity, “green” your aging workforce or increase your candidate pool of difficult-to-find skills, we have the ability to develop a virtual experience for you. Each virtual event can be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile device, so you can recruit from the comfort of your office or your local coffee shop.

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How do we find 'purple squirrels?"

Amanda Hurley, section manager for ORAU Workforce Solutions, manages a team of recruiters who seek out top talent for some of ORAU’s key clients. Sometimes these positions call for a virtually impossible combination of skills and experience. The recruiting industry term for these candidates is “purple squirrels.”

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ORAU specializes in scientific and technical staffing support, bringing highly qualified professionals to your organization to fulfill critical project and business requirements. ORAU has been providing STEM talent staffing solutions and designing, managing, and evaluating jobs and internships for more than 70 years. We have developed programs for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Research Laboratory, NASA and many others, and have demonstrated their success through comprehensive program evaluations.

Download the ORAU Workforce Solutions fact sheet

Contact us

For more information about ORAU’s Workforce Solutions, contact us at 865.576.3424 or workforcesolutions@orau.org.