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Opportunity Deadlines and Upcoming Events

Opportunity Deadline
ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) Ongoing
2017 Student/Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory Varies
SRNL Postdoctoral Research Associate position Open until filled
8th Workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology April 22, 2017
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Call for User Proposals: High-Impact Nanoscience Research May 2, 2017
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)

18th Annual ORISE/ORNL Graduate Student Recruitment Fair

April 11, 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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SRNL seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Aiken, S.C. facility

April 11, 2017

The National Security Directorate (NSD) at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) 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 SRNL.

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.

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.

Eligibility, requirements and additional information may be found at: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For general application process questions and program eligibility, contact Karen Cleveland. Information on the Savannah River Nuclear Laboratory can be found at

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 the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

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Upcoming Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Workshops

March 30, 2017

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) is seeking suggestions for workshop ideas for their upcoming user meeting at ORNL, July 31 - August 3, 2017. A slate of software tutorials will be held August 1 and 2. Ideas for workshops on new science areas, focused explorations of particular techniques, or outreach activities that are of broad interest to the neutron scattering community, to be held July 31 and August 3.

There may be limited resources available for travel support and on-site infrastructure such as computer access. If you have suggestions for a particular workshop, please email Jen Niedziela with details before April 6.

The SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) consists of all persons interested in using the neutron scattering facilities at ORNL. Learn more:

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Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) Call for User Proposals: High-Impact Nanoscience Research

March 15, 2017

The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is soliciting proposals for user-initiated nanoscience research that will make effective use of CNMS facilities and staff expertise. The CNMS nanoscience research program provides users with access to a broad range of capabilities for nanomaterials design, synthesis, characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation.  Access is provided at no cost to users for research that is in the public domain and intended for publication in the open literature.

Scientifically high-impact proposals are sought that take advantage of any of the CNMS research capabilities. In particular, prospective users are invited to take advantage of new and recently upgraded CNMS capabilities for Chemical Imaging. Chemical imaging is the ability to create a visual image of the composition, structure, and dynamics of any given chemical sample. The goal of chemical imaging is to gain a fundamental understanding of complex chemical structure and processes with time-dependent spatial and functional characterization in four dimensions (space and time).

Approved projects will be granted access to CNMS facilities during the period August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 2, 2017. For more information on the Chemical Imaging and other CNMS capabilities, visit Prospective users are invited and strongly encouraged to contact CNMS Staff Members in their respective research areas to discuss their proposal ideas and learn more about the specific capabilities of interest to them.

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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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8th Workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology: Oak Ridge, TN, June 5-9, 2017

Jan. 19, 2017

The workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology aims at enabling structural biologists to fully exploit the latest instrumentation and software development at the SNS and HFIR facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Attendees will participate in lectures and tutorials focusing exclusively on neutron techniques applied in structural biology. The workshop is designed for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty new to or with limited experience of neutron scattering.

Travel and accommodation expenses are supported for selected participants from the United States. International applications are welcome - however the course organization is not able to support travel or accommodation.  The number of participants will be limited to 15. There is no registration fee for all selected participants.

The application package consisting of the below, should be sent electronically to before April 22, 2017.

  • Information form
  • CV
  • Applicant motivation letter (1/2 to 1 page)
  • Principal Investigator letter of support (for graduate students only; 1/2 to 1 page)

Detailed information can be found on the workshop web page:

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ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) now accepting concept submissions

Nov. 3, 2016

The ORAU-Directed Research and Development (ODRD) program is now accepting University concept submissions.Universities may now initiate discussion on a potential ODRD idea through the UPO Value Through Partnerships SharePoint new “ODRD Ideas” submission button.

Designed to facilitate collaboration between ORAU Programs and University Partners, ODRD competitively funds select innovative research-based approaches/solutions that fall within the intersection of core capabilities of ORAU and our member universities research interests. Proposed ideas may include any of the following ORAU Core capabilities:

  • Radiation detection/survey applications/modeling
  • Radiochemistry/mercury analyses
  • Health physics/radiation dosimetry
  • Beryllium LPTs/worker health
  • Data analytics/GIS applications
  • Epidemiology/exposure risk assessments
  • Safety culture/health communication
  • Atmospheric science
  • CO2 measurements
  • Nanotechnology related to emergency response
  • Emergency management/community resilience
  • REAC/TS radiation emergency/CBL techniques
  • Energy/nuclear small modular reactors
  • STEM Education & Workforce Development Program Evaluation & Impact
  • Logic Models & Longitudinal Studies
  • External Evaluation Studies of STEM Education Grant Proposals
  • Program/Project Survey Instruments
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Data Management Plans
  • Systematic Review of literature
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research and Analysis
  • Peer Review Technology

Concept submissions should be very brief and should not include any proprietary or business sensitive information. After the concept is reviewed and a partnership project is deemed viable, non-disclosure agreements will be signed to allow detailed discussion either at the university campus or at ORAU. 

Access to the UPO Value Through Partnerships site requires an agreement through the access permission process and a signed MOU. If your school needs access to the site, please let us know. Please remember that information contained in this site is available for ORAU Members only and may not be shared with non-member entities.

For additional information, visit the ODRD Program page or contact Jen Garman, or Cathy Fore, For additional information or assistance with SharePoint access, please contact

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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.