Applied Research Experience Program

Chain Reaction Innovations At Argonne National Laboratory

The below is a courtesy posting for ORISE ARE Fellowship

ARE Fellows:
The Applied Research Experience (ARE) Program provides a mentored opportunity for pre-doctoral scientists and engineers to apply their education in support of an impact-driven research and development (R&D) project. Through participation in this prestigious program, participants will:

  • Work directly on a mentored R&D project with one of Chain Reaction Innovations’s cohort teams.
  • Apply their scientific and engineering expertise to help solve critical technical development challenges identified by team projects.
  • Gain deep insight into entrepreneurial R&D and energy technology commercialization through mentorship and hands-on experience.
  • Work on innovative technologies that will have a real impact on the U.S. economy, environment, and society.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree held for less than five years in an energy-relevant field of science, engineering, or other highly quantitative field such as mathematics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have Permanent Resident (Green Card) status, if a foreign national.
  • Matriculated undergraduates, master’s students, and graduate students may be considered for short-term appointments.
  • Post-doctoral candidates are not eligible for this program.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have superior academic performance.
  • Have a strong technical background and expertise in an energy technology-related field.
  • Have strong analytical, research, and communication (oral and written) skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking.
  • Be interested in being part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, focused on energy technology R&D.

Other important information:

  • This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). Participants will become administratively associated with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through a signed letter of appointment.
  • Selected individuals will receive an ORISE fellowship, which will contain other important terms and conditions.  Selected individuals must agree to the ORISE terms and conditions before receiving any stipend.  Selected individuals will also be subject to Argonne’s requirements for safety, site access, and security, and will need to execute the appropriate paperwork before gaining access to Argonne and Chain Reaction Innovations.
  • The terms of the ORISE fellowship will govern any generated intellectual property developed by selected individuals.  However, commercialization of generated intellectual property is a top priority of Chain Reaction Innovations.  Accordingly, ARE fellows are encouraged, but not required, to come to a separate agreement with the Innovators to facilitate the commercialization of any intellectual property developed during the program.
  • This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.

Stipend and benefits:

  • Selected participants will receive a stipend as support for their living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by DOE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. Candidates will also be eligible to receive a health insurance allowance and reimbursement for travel expenses.

Start date and term length:

  • Selected participants have appointments for up to one year.

Review criteria:

  • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic and research record, interest and opportunity for educational growth in applying their technical skills and knowledge to a team project, and potential for making contributions to the project for which they are applying.
  • Project Leads for each available project opportunity will be asked to submit feedback and/or a letter of endorsement for individual candidates. The review of applications and endorsements will be conducted by the project team.  However, final selections will be made by the DOE EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office sponsoring the program.

How to Apply

  1. Review program description and eligibility requirements above.
  2. Review the posted project opportunities below. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Project Leads for specific opportunities to indicate their interest in applying.
  3. Apply for up to three specific project opportunities of interest. To apply, submit your CV and a one-page cover letter explaining how you fit the application criteria to between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28, 2017.  Argonne will relay all applications to ORISE upon closing of the application period. Selected applicants would start in January or as soon after as possible.

Current projects to apply for:



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