Research Opportunities

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,400 for full-time graduate student fellows.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/.

Post-Graduate, Fluidization Experimentalist

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks a motivated post-graduate (M.S. and/or PhD) interested in the development and application of novel measurement and control technologies for gas-solids multiphase systems, including fluidized beds, riser flow and standpipe flow at NETL who have significant experience with statistical and/or chaos analysis techniques of large quantities of data and the physical interpretation of measured parameters.

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Code Development for High-Throughput Computational Screening of CO2 Capture Materials

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks a highly motivated post-doctoral associate to participate in the development of a new, innovative high-throughput computational tool suite for the prediction of materials properties in carbon capture materials at NETL who have significant experience in software development, optimization of scientific programs, and experience with piping and other automation methods.    

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program

This site posts job opportunities according to EPA’s Office of Research and Development’s staffing needs. Each opportunity contains detailed descriptions about required skills and degree disciplines, the process for submitting an application, and tasks associated with the job.

Faculty Researcher to Participate in Research Team at NETL

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) this posting seeks a faculty researcher who currently holds a full-time position at a degree-granting research institution, interested in participating as part of the geologic and environmental sciences focus area research team at NETL. NETL is a multi-disciplinary, scientific and technical-oriented national laboratory. NETL’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) conducts research to evaluate environmental impacts and risk assessments associated with domestic energy resource development. 

DOE Scholarship Program

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.
Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
  • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
  • Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status)
  • Travel arrangements to and from appointment site

Higher Education Research Experiences Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Experience the thrill of research or technical projects at a cutting edge national laboratory and camaraderie with prestigious scientists, researchers and engineers. Open to Undergraduates, Post-BS and AAS, MS, PhD and Faculty – Appointments are primarily for Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors but all majors can apply

  • Applications are accepted year-round

ORISE Office of International Climate and Clean Energy U.S. Department of Energy

The DOE Office of International Climate and Clean Energy engages counterparts in major economies around the world on cooperative actions to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies.

The successful applicant will have experience with a broad set of clean energy and climate change policy topics and analyses. The successful applicant will also have demonstrated project management experience (i.e., leading and coordinating the efforts of an initiative to complete certain tasks in a designated period of time), analytical capabilities, writing skills, and strong interpersonal skills. International experience, prior work in energy and/or climate change policy, and private-sector experience are preferred.

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)  
at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Spring or Summer 2016

Current AAS, BS, MS, and PhD students – Majors related to Engineering, Earth and Geosciences, Environmental and Marine Sciences, Life Health and Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, International Relations, Political Science, Government, Policy, Risk Analysis, Science Writing, Public Affairs, and Computer Sciences.
Deadline: December 31, 2015 for Spring term
Deadline: February 28, 2016 for Summer term

ORNL Challenge Program for Undergraduates 

ORNL’s two grand research Challenges for 2016 focus on “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets” and “Distributed Energy Research – Powering Microgrids.” To apply for the ORNL Challenge Program, applicants must write a proposal that identifies possible solutions to one of these two research Challenges. If the student’s proposal is chosen as one of the top choices, the applicant will be offered a summer 2016 internship at ORNL, to implement their research solution. A competitive stipend, housing, and professional development activities will be included as part of the internship.

Applicants must be junior or senior undergraduate students currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university. There are no citizenship requirements or GPA requirements to apply.

ORNL Challenge Program for Undergraduates

ORNL’s two grand research Challenges for 2016 focus on “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets” and “Distributed Energy Research – Powering Microgrids.” To apply for the ORNL Challenge Program, applicants must write a proposal that identifies possible solutions to one of these two research Challenges. If the student’s proposal is chosen as one of the top choices, the applicant will be offered a summer 2016 internship at ORNL, to implement their research solution. A competitive stipend, housing, and professional development activities will be included as part of the internship.

Risk-Informed Prioritization and Decision Analysis - OFVM  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Office of Foods is implementing a risk-informed decision making system that will permeate through all levels of food safety management in the FDA Foods Program.  The food supply system is complex and the path from production to consumption can involve numerous steps and multiple parties, including farmers, suppliers, food handlers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and many others. Given these challenges, and limited available resources, a risk-informed decision making system will help the FDA Foods Program to identify priorities, allocate resources, design interventions, evaluate performance, and continuously improve these decisions in terms of public health impact. 

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field;
• 3+ years of experience in working w/ public health programs, health research, and/or program evaluation;
• 3+ years of experience in risk assessment/risk analysis or decision analysis; and
• PhD/Master’s level degree in Public Health or a related field

Risk-Informed Decision Making - Data Analysis Fellowship - OFVM  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Office of Foods is implementing a risk-informed decision making system that will permeate through all levels of food safety management in the FDA Foods Program.  The risk-informed decision making system will help the FDA Foods Program to identify priorities, allocate resources, design interventions, evaluate performance, and continuously improve these decisions in terms of public health impact.  The ability to understand the available data, apply it appropriately to risk issues, assess data gaps, and identify new data sources all are at the core of a risk-based decision-making system.  Further, a fundamental element in implementing this system is the ability to translate FDA activities to measureable outcomes via the development of performance metrics that will be linked to public health impacts.  Collecting and analyzing data to support performance metrics, in addition to managing and analyzing other data flows, is a key challenge in implementing the risk-informed decision making system.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or computer science,  or demonstrated experience in these fields;
• Master’s degree in the above fields; 

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of LaboratorySciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates willjoin projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that arerelevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,400 for full-time graduate student fellows. The program dates are May 25th – August 5th, 2016.

Qualifications
Current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences are eligible to apply. Chemistry and biology majors are preferred, although highly qualified candidates from other science majors may be considered.  Applicants must be able to comply with safety and security requirements before or upon reporting to CDC.
Deadline is January 15, 2016

Student, Alumni and Faculty Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a real-world setting with award-winning scientists.

Higher Education Research Experiences
·  Undergraduates, Post-BS and AAS, MS, and PhD – all majors
·  Stipend based on academic status
·  Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
·  Full-time and part-time appointments
·  Professional development activities
·  Minimum GPA  - 2.5/4.0
·  U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS)
·  Undergraduates, MS, PhD, and Post-MS or Postdoctoral – Majors related to Nuclear Science and Nuclear Policy; Engineering; Physics; Nuclear Medicine
·  Stipend based on academic status
·  Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
·  Full-time and part-time appointments
·  Professional development activities
·  Minimum GPA  - 3.0/4.0
·  Open to U.S. and International Citizenship

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at the FDA

Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas. Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age at the time of the appointment. Applicants must be a student in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university, or accepted as an entering graduate or professional student at an accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale). Majors that are eligible include Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering (Bioengineering, Biomedical, Chemical, and Engineering Sciences), Nanotechnology, and Computer Science (Scientific Computing and Informatics). Other eligible areas of study include life health and medical sciences and other physical sciences. The application deadline is February 19, 2016.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), Four Openings

Quantitative Ecologist – Post Bachelor’s Associate
Successful candidates will support quantitative ecology research which seeks to understand how hydropower and bioenergy influence fish and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Big South Fork in East Tennessee. Applicants should be recent bachelor’s graduates who have not received their degree more than three years prior to the date of application.

Quantitative Ecologist – Post Master’s Associate
Successful candidates will support quantitative ecology research which seeks to understand how hydropower and bioenergy influence fish and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Big South Fork in East Tennessee. Applicants should be recent master’s graduates who have not received their degree more than five years prior to the date of application.

Software Engineering – Post Bachelor’s Associate
Successful candidates will significantly contribute to the design, development, implementation, documentation, and delivery of new software capabilities for the Bellerophon Environment Analysis of Materials (BEAM) project at ORNL. Applicants should be recent bachelor’s graduates in computer science, physics, or engineering, and have not received their degree more than three years prior to the date of application.

Software Engineering – Post Master’s Associate
Successful candidates will significantly contribute to the design, development, implementation, documentation, and delivery of new software capabilities for the Bellerophon Environment Analysis of Materials (BEAM) at ORNL. Applicants should be recent master’s graduates in computer science, physics, or engineering, and have not received their degree more than five years prior to the date of application.