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2015 HBCU/MEI Faculty Summer Research Program

 

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Friday, January 09, 2015
 

Summary:

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is sponsoring summer research appointments for faculty of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Educational Institutions (MEIs). The objective is toincrease the number of collaborations and to foster long-term relationships between ORNL research staff and HBCU/MEI faculty members. Successful applicants will serve 10-week appointments at ORNL. They will collaborate with the Laboratory's research staff on one of the research projects described below. 

1. Two-dimensional rolled up capacitors for energy storage to stabilize variable generation systems 
Qualification and Skills Desired - Candidates should have a good background physical chemistry. Hands on experience with 2D material synthesis, chemical vapor deposition and clean room is desired. Strong understanding of basic physical phenomena is essential. 

2. Diagnosing plasma material interactions with spectroscopic techniques 
Qualification and Skills Desired - Familiarity with spectroscopic techniques would be helpful: e.g. set-up, calibration, and utilization of spectrometers with CCD detectors. General skills in image processing, signal analysis, time-series analysis, FFT, etc. Data can be accessed through a variety of mechanisms: MATLAB, IDL, PYTHON, etc. Experience with gas dynamics, plasma physics or material science encouraged. 

3. Application Data Structure Layout and Access Pattern Port Planning for Exascale Memory Architectures 
Qualification and Skills Desired - Experience with optimizing and/or performance modeling for the memory subsystem (hierarchy, policies, accelerator memories, organizations, etc.), good understanding of the trade-off space and experience with co-design workflows and current trends (nvram, stacking, etc.) are desirable. 

4. Interrogating monolignol transport using an multimodal imaging approach
Qualifications and skills desired - Candidates should have a good background in biology. Prior experience with advanced imaging methods, molecular biology, or chemical synthesis is desirable. 

5. Integrated Framework for Urban Climate Adaptation Tool (Urban-CAT) 
Qualifications and skills desired - Candidates should have experience in using social indicators to measure community vulnerability to natural hazards and modeling urban landscape using rule-based modules built on a GIS platform. Experience with climate projections is desirable, but nor required. 

6. Pattern Discovery and Predictive Modeling on Heterogeneous Graphs Using Cray's Urika 
Qualification and Skills Desired - Strong expertise in one or more of the following categories - data mining, graph theory, graph mining, data-analysis/machine-learning, Big Data, data science, statistics and statistical analysis, semantic reasoning, natural language processing and reasoning. 

7. Exploration of Superconductivity in Non-layered Materials 
Qualification and Skills Desired - This project is a great opportunity for a solid-state chemist. Candidates should have a good understanding of solid-state chemistry, specifically synthesis and crystallography. The candidate will synthesize materials using solid-state reaction, arc-melting, solvothermal, and/or ball-milling. The candidate will do powder x-ray diffraction to identify the materials, and so the skill for refining structural parameters will be an advantage. The ability to synthesize solid-statematerials in a chemistry laboratory (balancing equations, weighing materialscarefully, forming pellets, using furnaces) is key. Prior knowledge and experience with superconductors and antiferromagnetic materials is not required. 

8. Untangling the role of boundaries, defects, and interfaces in two-dimensional inorganic materials: a combined theoretical and experimental approach 
Qualification and Skills Desired - Candidates should have a good understanding of condensed matter theory and computer programming. Prior experience with first-principle density functional approaches is desirable, but not required. 

9. Predicting Climate Feedbacks from Microbial Function in Tropical Ecosystems 
Qualifications and Skills Desired - Candidates should have a background in microbiology, bioinformatics, soil science, or ecosystem science. Skills desired involve DNA/RNA/protein extraction, quality assessment, and quantification; and experience related to next-generation sequencing technologies, including library preparation, data analysis, and developing public, web-based tools for 'omics analysis, e.g., DOE Knowledge Base. 

10. Quantum-enhanced plasmonic ultra-trace sensors 
Qualifications/Skills Desired - Familiarity with spectroscopic techniques would be helpful: e.g. set-up, calibration, and utilization of spectrometers with CCD detectors. General skills in image processing, signal analysis, time-series analysis, FFT, etc. Data can be accessed through a variety of mechanisms: MATLAB, IDL, PYTHON, etc. Experience with gas dynamics, plasma physics or material science encouraged. 

11. Characterization of inulinase-expressing Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains for the consolidated bioprocessing of Agave feedstocks 
Qualifications/Skilled Desired - Candidates should have a strong background in microbiology and small scale ( 10 L) fermentation. Previous experience with plant biomass pretreatment methods and/or HPLC is desirable, bt not required. 

12. Nonlinear Nanophotonics with Ultrastrong Plasmonic Coupling 
Qualifications/Skilled Desired - Faculty with experience in cavity QED theory, experimental quantum optics, or femtosecond spectroscopy could be very helpful to this project. 

13. Large-Scale Cluster State Generation for Fault Tolerant Quantum Computation 
Qualifications/Skilled Desired - Faculty with expertise in experimental or theoretical quantum optics could be very helpful to this project. 

14. Synthesis and characterization of two-dimensional materials 
Qualification and Skills Desired - Candidates should have experiences of synthesis nanomaterials using CVD method and optoelectronic characterizations. This project is a great opportunity for a strong experimentalist with background in carbon materials chemistry or a closely related field. Prior experience with synthesis of two-dimensional materials is desirable, but not required. 

For more information, please visit:

http://www.orau.org/ornl/faculty/hbcu-mei-summer-program.htm

 
 

 

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