The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of the seven laboratories of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC), which is the Army Corps of Engineers’ integrated research and development (R&D) organization. EL provides solutions to environmental challenges for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Nation through environmental science and engineering research and development. Researchers in EL conduct research in ecosystem science and technology, environmental resiliency, environmental sensing, ecological modeling and forecasting, risk and decision science, environmentally sustainable material, systems biology, climate change, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental security.
What will I be doing?
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will be part of a classified effort within ERDC. The project involves providing the chemistry component on a collaborative project with the Geospatial Lab (GSL). There will be several dimensions to this research, which will afford many opportunities and experiences:
- Designing and synthesizing organic molecules;
- Analysis and purification of synthesized compounds;
- Testing and evaluation of materials on a laboratory scale;
- Involvement in scale-up of the compound preparation;
- Group meeting to discuss research, evaluate progress, and plan future strategies;
- Reading and discussing current chemical literature relevant to the project;
- Publishing articles in a classified journal.
Where will I be located?
Why should I apply?
This internship provides the opportunity to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed research forward. There are multiple opportunities available to engage in your applied research and evaluation interests.
What is the anticipated start date?
ERDC-EL is ready to make an appointment immediately. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidates.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-EL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
- Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
What is the length of of this appointment?
This ORISE appointment is a full-time 12 month opportunity. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Nature of the Appointment
You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
The research involves hands-on synthesis of chemical compounds, which will require skill in experimentation. The nature of the project and interactive development with GSL will increase some of the qualifications:
- Ability of obtain Secret clearance
- PhD in Organic Chemistry
- Experience with bench chemistry techniques
-familiar with basic organic reactions
-willingness/ability to learn new skills and/or instrumentation
-conversant with chemical literature
-familiarity with isolation and purification techniques
- Communication skills:
– ability to discuss work in group meetings
-present work to collaborators
-write/contribute to journal articles
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months