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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
Laboratory Internships Virtual Event (LIVE) Career Fair Nov. 28, 2017
6th Heidelberg Nobel Laureate Meeting Dec. 8, 2017
DOE Scholars Program Dec. 15, 2017
ORNL Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs - Spring 2018 Jan. 6, 2018
DOE Solar Energy Innovators Program Jan. 8, 2018
Call for Papers - Technologies for Disabilities Jan. 8, 2018
Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Jan. 8, 2018
2018 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC Jan. 19, 2018
ORNL Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs - Summer 2018 Feb. 28, 2018
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Data Science Fellowship Program Unspecified
Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity at SRNL - Weapons Technology Group Unspecified
ORNL Undergraduate Internship in Scientific Software Engineering Unspecified
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)

6th Heidelberg Nobel Laureate Meeting

Nov. 13, 2017

ORAU is again privileged to provide funding to support graduate students to attend the annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Heidelberg, Germany. We have sponsored students for this historic event for a number of years, and we are currently soliciting graduate student nominations in the fields of mathematics and computer science to attend the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Meeting to be held Sept. 23-28, 2018.

  • ORAU member institutions may nominate two students per university
  • Deadline for nominations is Dec. 8, 2017 at 5 p.m., Eastern Time

Selected students will have the opportunity to attend formal lectures and informal meetings with Heidelberg Laureate Forum laureates and young researchers from around the world. Information on past meetings is available at www.orau.org/hlf.

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum is a gathering of laureates of some of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics and computer science, namely the Abel Prize and Fields Medal as well as the Turing Award and Nevanlinna Prize. Held annually for a week in Heidelberg, Germany, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum brings these laureates at the apex of their careers together with 200 high-achieving graduate student and postdoctoral counterparts from around the world. 

Eligibility Criteria:
Graduate student applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time graduate at an ORAU member institution;
  • Have completed by June 2018 at least two academic years of study toward a doctoral degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related discipline; and
  • Be actively participating in a research project. 

Postdoctoral applicants must have received their Ph.D. in mathematics or computer science within the past three years.

We are seeking nominations for a diverse group of students including, women, minorities and people with disabilities. Students must show a genuine interest in mathematics/computer science and research; display a strong commitment to the field of mathematics/computer science; and be a well-rounded individual who can converse with scientists and peers in a meaningful way.

The competitive selection process for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum occurs in three phases, starting with university nominations. Universities must submit all student nomination packets by email to hlf@orau.org before Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at 5 p.m., Eastern Time. The application may be downloaded from the ORAU HLF website. See the application instructions for details on what must be included in the nomination packet.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Michelle Goodson or Cathy Fore.

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Laboratory Internships Virtual Event (LIVE) Career Fair

Nov. 9, 2017

Pre-register for the Laboratory Internships Virtual Event today! This diversity focused event will take place on Nov. 28, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST at a computer or mobile device near you. LIVE is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. Login and chat live with recruiters from the Scientific Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and the Community College Internships (CCI) Programs. For more information and to register, visit http://orau.us/live. For questions, please email live@orau.org.

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DOE Scholars Program

Nov. 9, 2017

The DOE Scholars Program is now accepting applications. This program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations. Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas and the development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts among other benefits. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. For more information visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars. If you have questions, send an email to doescholars@orau.org.

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DOE Solar Energy Innovators Program

Nov. 9, 2017

The Solar Energy Innovators Program is seeking applicants interested in researching innovative solutions to the challenges faced by utilities, energy service providers, and public utilities commissions (PUCs) to adapt to a system with increasing levels of solar and other distributed energy resources. Innovators selected for the program will conduct hands-on, practical research and development on-site at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC host institution. The Solar Energy Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. For questions call Taylor Pitchford at 865-574-4806 or email at DOE-RPP@orau.org.

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2018 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

Nov. 9, 2017

A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Ga. DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.  Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health. This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST. If you have questions, send an email to CDCrpp@orau.org. Please include reference code CDC-NCEH-2018-0013 in your email.

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ORNL Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs - Spring and Summer 2018

Oct. 25, 2017

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applications for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in ORNL’s Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018. The programs is designed to train the next generation of nuclear scientists by maximizing the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory and increasing research opportunities. While attending the program, students will enrich their laboratory experience by attending lectures and seminars; network with laboratory research staff and fellow students; and take technical tours of ORNL facilities.

Applications for the Spring 2018 Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program are due Jan. 6, 2018. For additional information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3645.

Applications for the Summer 2018 Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program are due Feb. 28, 2018. For additional information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3685.

For any questions, please contact NESLS@orau.org.

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University Partnerships Office (UPO) Annual Program Opportunities and Deadlines

Oct. 12, 2017

One of the benefits of membership in the ORAU University Consortium is funding opportunities available only to member universities. The following is a list of UPO’s FY 2018 program/event opportunities and deadlines. All programs are subject to available funding and expect to be continued for future years. Questions on any of these programs should be addressed to university.partnerships@orau.org.

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards
The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The deadline for applications for the FY 2018 awards is Monday, Jan. 8, at noon EST. Each ORAU member councilor may submit up to two applications each year. All applications must be received electronically at PoweAwards@orau.org. Fax submittals will not be accepted.

ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) ProgramThe FY 2018 competition for collaborative awards of up to $75,000 to be shared between the university and ORAU researchers is now open. We anticipate and expect that these seed funds will position the collaborative teams to be more competitive for new, external funding opportunities. The deadline for joint ORAU/university proposals is March 26, 2018 and potential university partners are encouraged to submit concepts for discussion with ORAU partners as soon as possible. 

ORAU Events Sponsorship Program
Cycle 2 applications are due March 1, 2018 for events occurring between April 1 and Sept. 30. Each member university is limited to two awards per fiscal year. Awards in the 2018 cycle 1 competition are included in the limit.

ORAU Travel Grants Program
Proposals accepted anytime. Each member university may submit up to two requests per fiscal year.

Heidelberg Laureate Forum
Topic is computer science and mathematics and UPO will announce additional details by Nov. 8, 2017; applications are due Feb. 9, 2018.

Lindau Laureate Forum
Topic is physics and UPO will announce additional details by July 2018.

For more information on the Program Deadlines and Upcoming Events, please visit our Faculty and Student Programs page.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Undergraduate Internship in Scientific Software Engineering

Sept. 27, 2017

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applications for undergraduate internships in software development within ORNL’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division. As an intern, you will be part of ORNL’s Scientific Software Initiative, which contributes to scientific computing projects in advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and 3D printing, astrophysics, batteries, neutron science, nuclear energy, and quantum computing. Initiative members are active in the open source community, including the Eclipse Foundation, and most Initiative projects are available on GitHub.com.
This is a continuous posting. Applications will be reviewed and selected as opportunities become available. The opportunity may be part time or full time depending on availability at time of selection, and the appointment period may be 3 to 12 months.

For additional information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3615. For any questions, please contact Leslie.Fox@orau.org.

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Data Science Fellowship Program

Sept. 25, 2017

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is accepting applications for the NIAID Emerging Leaders in Data Science Fellowship Program in the Office of Science Management and Operations, Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies.  The participant will receive training and hands-on experience in applying and managing big data, bioinformatics strategies, computational platforms, and tool development to study infectious, immunological, and allergic diseases in both extramural and intramural divisions at NIAID. The participants will also receive training in the intersection and management of big data and disease-oriented data-intense research efforts. 

Appointments will be for one year with the option of a second year. The program is rotational and NIAID actively encourages fellows to partake in a variety of developmental assignments during their fellowship to broaden their perspectives on the mission of NIAID and the National Institutes of Health, strengthen managerial and technical competencies, acquire a broad understanding of data needs at NIAID from a variety of views, and further develop their leadership abilities. In addition to a stipend, participants will be provided with a travel and training allowance and health benefits. 

For a full position description and to apply, visit our website at https://orise.orau.gov/nih/current-opportunities/index.html. All questions should be addressed to NIHprograms@orau.org.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Opportunity at Savannah River National Laboratory - Weapons Technology Group

Aug. 2, 2017

The National Security Directorate (NSD) at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Aiken, S.C. facility. The 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. In this role, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will team with Scientists, Engineers, and Technologists within Savannah River National Laboratory.

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. The work will include synthesis of materials and surface characterization. Development and validation of analytical methods is also needed. The work might require collaborative efforts with other groups within SRNL.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. 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, and
  • Be capable of obtaining a security clearance.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Strong knowledge and hands on experience in gas chromatography
  • Thorough knowledge on materials synthesis and characterization methods
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment or on time-sensitive projects
  • Experience with complex data analysis
  • Publication record on related topics.

It is desirable for the candidate to have: Knowledge on MEMS.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Appointments are made through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The SRNL Postgraduate Research Associates Program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage ORISE.

For additional information, please contact SRNLPostdocProgram@orau.org.

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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: http://academyofinventors.org/ti/resources.asp.

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 kmacuare@academyofinventors.org.

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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.