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BETR: Bringing Efficiency to Research Grants

The Bringing Efficiency to Research (BETR) Grants program is an ongoing focus of the I2SL University Alliance Group (UAG). Through BETR Grants, UAG aims to promote efficient spending of federal funding supporting academic research by effectively reducing direct and overhead costs of research through sustainable practices and facilities.

Since it has been a while since we had our last UAG/BETR Grants conference call and we will not be having a call on Monday, I thought I would send some updates that have come out over the summer related to the Bringing Efficiency To Research Grants (BETR Grants) topic.  Forgive me that all items below are connected to NIH; there has been a lot going on with NIH of interest and there also have been individuals at NIH that have been willing to hear about BETR Grants so I have great interest in NIH.

I have included the email I sent out in June (below this email) to provide some more information for those who have just joined our group over the summer.

Here are the items I wanted to share:

  1. NIH abandons grant cap, offers new help to younger scientists” http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6343/1108 -“After fierce pushback from many researchers, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is dropping a 1-month-old plan to spread funds to more investigators by capping the amount of support any individual scientist could receive. Instead, NIH is creating a new fund that will eventually devote $1 billion a year—about 3% of the agency’s current $34 billion budget—specifically to funding proposals from early- and midcareer scientists. The new plan, unveiled on 8 June, is a stunning shift from the earlier policy, which would have limited a principal investigator’s support to the equivalent of three standard R01 research grants. The new program will free up funds for about 2400 grants for younger scientists, far more than the original cap plan.” [many thanks to Susan Vargas for sharing the link to this article]
  2. You can read more about this new NIH initiative here: https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/launching-next-generation-researchers-initiative-strengthen-biomedical-research-enterprise
  3. If you are interested in more background on the plan that NIH had previously proposed and why they were proposing it, please see #2 in the June email below this email message.
  4. How does this relate to BETR Grants?:  Both NIH initiatives (the new plan or the old plan) are aimed at spreading NIH’s budget so it can reach more scientists, specifically early and mid-career scientists who are hurting the most for funding during these hypercompetitive times for federal research dollars.  NIH’s research found that currently ~40% of extramural funding is going to ~10% of the scientists, primarily senior scientists.  If NIH encouraged or expected scientists applying for NIH federal funding to be efficient with that funding by implementing BETR Grants ideas (www.i2sl.org/betrgrants) then that would also free up funding to spread among more scientists.  But right now the system is missing opportunities to encourage actions that would benefit efficiency with direct and indirect costs such as equipment sharing, space efficiency and energy/water efficiency.
  1. “House bill gives NIH 3% raise, blocks cuts to overhead payments”  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/house-bill-gives-nih-3-raise-blocks-cuts-overhead-payments  “The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) budget would get a modest 3.2% raise, to $35.2 billion, in a draft spending bill released by a House of Representatives committee.”  “…the Trump administration had proposed cutting NIH’s budget by $7.5 billion, a drop of 22% from this year’s level. The White House had argued that this could be accomplished without much impact on number of grants or research overall by slashing how much NIH compensates universities for “indirect costs,” the administrative and facilities costs associated with the direct costs of a project, from 28% of its overall extramural research spending to a flat rate of 10% of a total individual grant.”
  2. Like the House, the Senate also does not appear supportive of NIH cuts or cap on funding for overhead (indirect) costs…read more here:https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/washhigh/highlights2017/480964/062317senatepanelslamsadministrationsnihbudgetrequestfaproposal.html
  3. With regards to proposed NIH cuts and cap on overhead (indirect cost) funding, Secretary of HHS Tom Price said “…the agency’s budget can be trimmed by finding “inefficiencies,” including the overhead payments.”  “The Trump budget, he explained, is “trying to … be the first step in this process” of getting “a bigger bang for our buck.” “ http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/trump-wants-2018-nih-cut-come-overhead-payments
  4. How does this relate to BETR Grants?:  As universities point out, they do not receive enough funding from the federal government now to cover all the overhead (indirect) costs associated with federally funded research on their campuses.  As a result, universities are cost sharing these expenses with the federal government.  Additionally, scientists are facing very tough competition for federal grants.  So, cutting federal research funding would be very hurtful to a system that needs every dollar it can get right now.  However, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to address inefficiencies to 1) enable federal funding to support more research and 2) ensure that overhead costs are kept as low as possible (which would benefit to both federal and university budgets). That is the intent of BETR Grants…to benefit efficiency in direct and indirect costs to maximize the use of federal funding in support of research while also minimizing the environmental footprint of research.  Considering that this is the not the first time that indirect costs has come under scrutiny, perhaps universities would be more likely to embrace BETR Grants ideas to demonstrate their efforts for prudent use of federal dollars and also to make their research operations as efficient as possible in case there is ever a cap placed on the “Facilities” portion of indirect costs (a.k.a. Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs) like the 26% cap that was placed on the Administrative portion of F&A in 1991.
  5. A sustainability section (section 1.8) has been included in the  NIH Designs Requirements (DRM) Manual released Dec 2016.
  6. It is my understanding that the DRM impacts universities when they receive NIH federal dollars for new buildings or lab renovations, but not research grants that support the day to day operation of labs.  Please correct me if I am wrong.
  7. Here is a July 217 article in ALN on the new DRM.  It is exciting to hear that a notable update to the NIH DRM are “requirements that reduce a facility’s carbon footprint”.
  8. The NIH Regional Seminar, which is offered by NIH twice per year, has been suggested by a colleague of mine at CU Boulder as a good place to encourage BETR Grants, specifically the incorporation of actions for efficiency in grant proposals described by our BETR Grants webpage: www.i2sl.org/betrgrants.  I agree because:
  9. This is a place where scientists and research administrators go to learn about writing and preparing NIH grants
  10. Additionally, if you look at the NIH attendees (https://regionalseminars.od.nih.gov/baltimore2017/faculty/), these are certainly people that we should be talking to about BETR Grants as well.  Some of these individuals also attend the FDP meetings that I have been lucky to attend twice in the last two year, but there are certainly many more NIH employees attending these seminar with whom we could share the BETR Grants effort.

By the way, likely other granting agencies also offer these type of seminars where BETR Grants could also be shared.

Talk with you on our next conference call in September.  Hope you had a wonderful summer!

Kathy

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ASEE Webinars

A new semester brings new opportunities for education and career development! We are pleased to announce the following programmatic offerings for Fall 2017.
  Empathy in Engineering — Why it Matters

Facilitators: Dr. Nicki Sochacka and Dr. Jo Walther (University of Georgia)

In this free Action on Diversity webinar, explore the importance of empathy in the engineering curriculum and learn why empathy should be established as a ‘core skill’ for future engineers.

 

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When?: Wednesday, September 20th   3:00 – 4:00 PM, ET

Register today!

 
   

 

When? October 5 – 6th, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA

Register for the conference here.

 

 

Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI) 2017 

ETLI has been held annually for more than 40 years. Its purpose is to bring engineering technology educators, industry leaders, and government officials together to important topics for future engineers. This year’s theme is “Looking Towards the Future: The Next 50 Years.”  View the preliminary program.

 

 
   

Streamlined Course Design 

Facilitators: Dr. Karl A Smith (University of Minnesota, Purdue University) and Dr. Ruth A. Streveler (Purdue University)

In October and November 2017, we are offering a four-part, live, instructor-led online program, designed to help engineering faculty craft more effective courses using the engineering design approach. Learn more about program outcomes, dates, and pricing here.

Don’t miss: Our facilitators are leading a free info session on this program in September – tune in to learn more!

 

When? (Click the titles below to register)

·        Free Informational Webinar:Friday, September 15th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, ET

·        Course Design Program: October 13, October 27, November 3, November 10, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, ET

 

 
  Safe Zone Ally Training — Online Workshop Series

Tune in for these free, interactive online workshops for students, faculty, staff, and other professionals. During these workshops, participants will build knowledge and skills to create a more inclusive and environment for LGBTQ individuals in engineering and STEM.

This November and December, we will be offering three free workshops on different topics. Stay tuned for updates and learn more at diversity.asee.org/lgbtq.

 

·        Safe Zone Module 1: LGBTQ 101 (Terminology and Concepts)

·        Safe Zone Module 2: Discrimination & Bias through an LGBTQ Lens

·        Safe Zone Module 3: LGBTQ in STEM

 

 

 


COE Researchers, please tell us the moment you get a paper accepted!

The College of Engineering (COE) and University Marketing and Communications (UMC) want to feature more of your journal publications in media stories. We need researchers to share manuscripts with us as soon as they are accepted for publication. Venues include mtu.edu/news, the news portions of Science and Nature, the AGU Blogosphere, Huffington Post, Mechanical Engineering Magazine, C&E News, EurekAlert, and other top national and international print and electronic media. To properly write these news summaries, our staff needs THREE WEEKS to prepare for, write, edit, design, post, promote, and share a news release. The news release is then timed to coincide with the publication date of your manuscript.

 

www.mtu.edu/engineering/share-research


Funds Available for Visiting Women and Minority Lecturers/Scholars

Michigan Tech is offering grants through the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer Scholar Series to help departments bring visiting minority and underrepresented speakers to the University.
All departments are invited to participate in these programs. Applications are due by noon Friday (Aug.18). Notification of awards will be made by Sept. 29. Read the previous Tech Today story.


Career Empowerment for Women in Science

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 • 3-4 p.m. ET • Register now

For women pursuing careers in the sciences, there are a number of unique challenges. Fortunately, there are also a number of strategies that women can employ to allow their talent, intelligence and scientific skill to shine through. This is the first of two webcasts addressing this topic.

Our discussion will be led by Dr. Shirley Malcom and Dr. Celeste Rohlfing, two women who have faced these challenges, firsthand. Their insights will prove invaluable – and inspirational – to any female scientist or entrepreneur interested in furthering their career.

Join us for this FREE webcast!


Shirley Malcom, PhDShirley Malcom, PhD – Dr. Malcom, head of the Education and Human Resources Program at AAAS, is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Malcom also served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She serves on the boards of various nonprofits and holds 16 honorary degrees.
Celeste Rohlfing, PhDCeleste Rohlfing, PhD – Dr. Rohlfing joined AAAS as chief operating officer in 2015. Previously, she served as the deputy assistant director at the National Science Foundation for the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Dr. Rohlfing also served as assistant director of physical sciences at President Obama’s White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and worked at both Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories.


Topics covered include:

  • Salary, benefits packages and other differentials.
  • Leadership roles and leadership training.
  • Finding the right career mentors.
  • Women as entrepreneurs (difficulties in accessing venture capital).
  • Women in industry, academia, national labs and government.
  • Responsibility of institutions to act.
  • Implicit bias in hiring, promotion and peer review for publication and grants.
  • Need for systemic, structural changes within institutions.
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About the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Career Development Center

AAAS has supported the fields of science and engineering for over 150 years, but you may be more familiar with us as the publisher of the renowned journal, Science. With deep roots in a wide range of related disciplines, AAAS is uniquely positioned to provide training and guidance designed specifically for your STEM students.

The AAAS Career Development Center provides STEM-focused resources and tools developed specifically to help early career science and engineering professionals grow and learn.

Learn more about AAAS  |   Explore the AAAS Career Development Center


MTU and UPHS-Portage Social

Dear Human Health-Oriented Researchers and Educators:

I wanted to get a four important items on your radar.
MTU and UPHS-Portage Social — As part of the PHF partnership grant, we are tasked with organizing an annual social between MTU health faculty and UPHS-Portage physicians.  Due to a variety of scheduling challenges with UPHS-Portage, we could not settle on a date last spring.  However, Dr. Mary Beth Hines has agreed to help us organize one this fall, and the date that seems to work best for UPHS-Portage physicians is the evening of Wed, Sept 27 (~6pm).  We will be sending out an official Save-The-Date invite out very soon… but wanted to get this on your radar as the semester approaches.  Our goal for this is to have a relaxing forum where faculty and physicians can get together.  UPHS-Portage has requested us to have 10-15 faculty to give a 2-min “TechTalks” style presentation.  The PHF Steering committee will be tasked with deciding upon a representative group of presenters, but feel free to email me directly with any nominations you might have.
PHF URIP program — Some of you have been asking about the Undergraduate Research Internship Program for this year.  Yes, we still plan to have this for academic year 2017-18.  Right now, the website cannot be updated due to an ongoing move to the new Content Management System.  The website should be updated within the next couple weeks, and I will send out that link as soon as it is live.  But for planning purposes, please note that the application deadline will be Oct 2, with an anticipated start date of Oct 16 for the program.
Three Endowed Professors — I’m pleased to announce that we have in place our three endowed professors.  UMC is working on some stories that we will pass along, but below are the three positions.  My thank you to all who have been involved with those three hires over the past 2 years.
  • Dr. Keat Ghee Ong (BME) — PHF Endowed Professor of Technological Innovations in Health
  • Dr. William Cooke (KIP) — PHF Endowed Professor of Preventive and Community Health
  • Dr. Qiuying Sha (Math Sci) — PHF Endowed Professor of Population Health
PHF Endowment Sponsored Seminar — Dr. Keat Ghee Ong would like to invite you to an upcoming seminar on translational research in human health, sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation for Technological Innovations in Health endowment. The speaker is Prof. Robert E. Guldberg, Parker H. Petit Chair and Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Institute of Technology. The seminar will be held on August 25, 2017, 3:00 PM, at 201 Great Lakes Research Center, and is designed to stimulate discussion on high impact Institute models for research related to human health. More information about this seminar is on mtu.edu/phf-tih

Lastly, we’ll be planning our annual fall campus forum on the PHF partnership for sometime after the annual report (which is due in early October).  More details to come on that.
Jason R. Carter, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Dept of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: (906)487-2715
Fax: (906)487-0985

Message to NIH grant applicants/awardees, contractors, researchers and research administrators:

If you are conducting NIH-funded research that involves human subjects, or are considering applying to NIH for support of such research, we want to call your attention to important changes that may affect how you:

  • select the right NIH funding opportunity announcement
  • write the research strategy and human subjects sections of your application
  • comply with appropriate policies and regulations

First, familiarize yourself with the new PHS Human Subject and Clinical Trial Information form. For application due dates of January 25, 2018, and beyond, you will be required to use an updated application forms package (FORMS-E), which includes the new human subject and clinical trial form. This form requests human subject and clinical trials information at the study level using discrete form fields, which is a change from current practice. Contract proposals will also require this information. Learn about the new form here.

Second, take a moment to answer these four questions about your current or proposed research:

1) Does the study involve human participants?

2) Are the participants prospectively assigned to an intervention?

3) Is the study designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on the participants?

4) Is the effect that will be evaluated a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome?

If the answer to all four questions is yes, then your proposed research meets the NIH definition of a clinical trial. Clarified and broadened in 2014, the definition encompasses a wide range of trial types: mechanistic, exploratory/developmental, pilot/feasibility, behavioral, and more. NIH expanded the clinical trial definition in response to widespread calls from diverse stakeholders for improved reporting of research milestones and outcomes, and for assuring maximal transparency.

Need help determining whether your study would be considered by NIH to be a clinical trial? See our webpage on the definition that includes case studies, FAQs and other resources that can help. Still unsure?  Contact your NIH program official or the scientific point of contact listed on the funding opportunity announcement to which you are applying.

Third, familiarize yourself with NIH policy changes related to enhancing stewardship of clinical trials.

NIH made a number of policy changes to improve the stewardship of clinical trials across the life cycle of the trial. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with all that is changing, including:

  • the requirement to apply to an FOA that specifically allows for the submission of clinical trial applications for due dates beginning January 25, 2018.
  • Good Clinical Practice training expectations for NIH staff, grantees, and contractors that went into effect January 2017.
  • updated peer review criteria that will be included in FOAs for clinical trial applications and solicitations for due dates on/after January 25, 2018.
  • new Human Subject Information form requirements for clinical trials that will be included in updated application forms (FORMS-E) for due dates on/after January 25, 2018, and contract solicitations published as of January 25, 2018.
  • use of a single IRB for non-exempt, multi-site clinical trials for application due dates on/after January 25, 2018.
  • expanded ClinicalTrials.gov registration and reporting to include all NIH supported clinical trials.

Improving the design, efficiency, and transparency of clinical trials is important because it:

  • respects our ethical obligation to participants to maximize the use of the knowledge from the trials in which they participate
  • facilitates design of clinical trials while reducing unnecessary duplication
  • promotes broad, timely, and responsible dissemination of research information and results
  • fosters responsible stewardship of the public’s investment in biomedical research

 

We have developed a new Clinical Trial Requirements for NIH Grantees and Contractors web page to bring together all the information you need to know.  Please review this information carefully.  Your attention to detail will be critical to ensuring successful funding of your clinical trial awards.

We will be putting out a series of reminder policy notices, training opportunities, and other resources in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, in the NIH Extramural Nexus, and on my blog.

The success of clinical trials relies on the public trust in scientific rigor and ethical oversight.  We all play a critical role in this process.  We are most grateful to you for your help and support.

 

Best,

 

Michael S. Lauer, MD

Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH

One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 144

Bethesda, MD 20892


NAMEPA: Strategies for Diversity-focused professionals

Dear NAMEPA Family:

We are excited to announce a new pilot program: NAMEPA Webinars!

Starting this Wednesday at 1:30PM Eastern, we will host weekly webinars as a lead in to the NAMEPA National Conference, September 10-13, 2017 at Virginia Tech. 

The goal of this “lunch-bag” weekly series is to provide thought leadership on a number of topics where NAMEPA members can share best practices around a subject of mutual interest.  We are starting this pilot program as a weekly event before the national conference to get lessons learned to develop a fully developed monthly webinar series beginning in October.

So please help us develop this exciting new format by logging in every remaining Wednesday in August to talk about topics of interest to MEP Directors and other diversity-focused professionals.

You can Join the Meeting here when it is time (1:30 PM Eastern).

Meeting number (access code): 643 294 446
Meeting password: 8Qusreqp

Join by phone
+1-855-282-6330 US TOLL FREE
+1-415-655-0003 US TOLL

NAMEPA August Webinar Topics

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
1:30 PM Eastern

Power of Metric Driven MEP Programs!
Virginia Booth Womack
Director, Minority Engineering Program, Purdue University
President, NAMEPA

Compelling programs are those that are properly assessed and driven by continuous improvement strategies. Knowing why a program works can help you communicate the value proposition to senior University decision makers as well as external funders. Log into this webinar to view examples of data based strategies that you can begin to implement as soon as Fall 2017!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
1:30 PM Eastern

How do you capture your data to measure the effectiveness of your MEP/Diversity program?
Darryl Dickerson, PhD
Associate Director, MEP, Purdue University
President-Elect, NAMEPA

We have two national funders who are potentially interested in helping NAMEPA develop the next generation of NAMEPA Counts. Log into this webinar to help launch the first phase of this project by reviewing and providing feedback on a sample data collection template that captures the work of MEP Directors. This data will drive strategic direction, inform best practices, and reveal improvement opportunities tied to URM student success.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
1:30 PM Eastern

Summer Bridge Programs
Sonia J. Garcia, PhD
Senior Director of Access and Inclusion, Texas A&M University
NAMEPA Thought Leader

As many of have just closed out our Bridge Programs, it is always helpful to learn about best practices to ensure we are in constant improvement for planning for next year. While the anecdotal data is still fresh, log into this webinar to share your stories about the highlights and lowlights of your camps, and to make global recommendations for best practices moving forward. This webinar will be moderated by Dr. Garcia, who will start off the session giving an overview of the results of the Texas A&M bridge program.


DARPA’s Defense Science Office Young Investigators Funding Opportunity

Source: Federal Science Partners
 DARPA’s Defense Science Office Young Investigators Funding Opportunity – DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day webcast to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program. The Proposers Day will be held on August 29, 2017, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT. The event will be held via webcast only. Advance registration is required to view the webcast. For details, click here.

DOD Announces Reorganization of its Research and Development Office – In the last two DOD authorization acts, Congress called on DOD to reform its acquisition process.  In a report released this week, DOD is proposing a number of reforms that impact its approach to research and development.  A new Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (USDR&E) will be charged with three key goals: to “set technology strategy”; to “solve critical technical warfighting challenges;” and to “deliver technology solutions faster.” The office is to be staffed by “subject matter experts uniquely qualified to simplify and govern the myriad processes (traditional and non-traditional) associated with identifying, selecting, resourcing, designing, developing, and demonstrating the high-end architectures and associated technologies critical to our warfighting effectiveness,”.  There will be five direct reports to the USDR&E. Two of those, the Defense Science Board and the Missile Defense Agency, already exist, while three new offices — the Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell, the assistant secretary of defense for research and technology, and the assistant secretary of defense for advanced capabilities — are to be created should the reorganization proposal be approved by the Congress. The Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell is to be staffed with analysts who will formalize the assessment of enemy capabilities, assess what technology is now available and provide guidance on where DOD needs to spend resources to react accordingly. Essentially, this office will provide guidance for what the rest of R&E does with its funding.  The assistant secretary of defense, or ASD, for research and technology will include three offices: the deputy assistant secretary of defense, or DASD, for research and technology investments; the DASD for laboratories and personnel; and DARPA. This group will focus on future technologies and will likely include the 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 research accounts.


ORAU Information: Two Research Opportunities and Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

The ORAU University Partnerships Office is pleased to provide the following information, available to all institutions.  Please forward within your institution and broadly to colleagues as you feel appropriate.

 

Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Communities Research at EPA

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has immediate openings for two part-time (20 hours per week) Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Communities Researcher positions with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Corvallis, Oregon.  The National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) conducts systems-based effects research needed to achieve sustainable health and well-being. The Western Ecology Division (WED) is one of four ecological effects divisions at NHEERL.  One of the activities at WED, housed within the Freshwater Ecology Branch, is to implement the strategy for research in the Ecosystem Services Project (Project 2.61 under the Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program).  We are recruiting two part-time (20 hours per week) PreDocs or  PostDocs for this initiative.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Be currently pursuing a doctoral degree or have earned a doctorate in the last 24 months in ecology, geography, environmental science, environmental economics, environmental sociology, environmental anthropology, environmental engineering, geochemistry, information science or a closely related field of study from an accredited university or college, and
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.

For the full project details and to apply: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3471. For any questions, please contact Karen Cleveland, karen.cleveland@orau.org.

 

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

 The National Security Directorate (NSD) at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) seeks highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Aiken, SC 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 US 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 the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

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

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Nuclear Suppliers Workshop:  September 6 – 7, 2017

The Nuclear Suppliers Workshop is fast approaching. The goal of the workshop is to create economic development opportunities by expanding the East Tennessee region’s nuclear supply chain. The agenda can be found on the website: https://eteconline.org/nuclearsuppliersworkshop/agenda-speakers/

Conference Information:  Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

Hosted by: U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) & East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)

September 6-7, 2017

Pollard Technology Conference Center

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

https://eteconline.org/nuclearsuppliersworkshop/

The focus of the event will be on manufacturing opportunities that are arising in the Southeastern United States around small modular reactors, next generation nuclear technology, nuclear medicine, and national security programs.Invited speakers include senior executives from the Tennessee Valley Authority, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NuScale Power, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Terrestrial Energy, University of Tennessee, Duke Energy and others.

ORAU

University Partnerships Office

University.partnerships@orau.org

www.orau.org