Higher Education Research Experiences at ORNL- Faculty

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
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How to Apply

The application will require:

  • Profile information
  • Academic institution information
  • Statement of research interests
  • Statement on benefits of appointment for your academic institution
  • Letter of recommendation from department head addressing:
    • How you and the department would benefit from this appointment
    • Continuing teaching/research plans
    • Policies regarding appointment participation
    • Sabbatical details (if applicable)
  • An updated resume (pdf)
  • Preferred start/end dates
    • These dates may be considered by the ORNL mentor in determining appointment dates, but are not guaranteed
  • If previous HERE Faculty participant:
    • Dates, locations, and mentors from previous assignments
    • PDF upload of most recent end-of-appointment report
  • An updated resume/CV  (PDF)

All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be completed and received in the system in order to be considered.

For questions, contact HERE@orau.org.


The Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides opportunities for participation in research and related technical activities to qualified faculty. This experience offers selected participants the ability to collaborate with world-class scientists while providing hands-on research opportunities utilizing the unique resources of ORNL.

Application Deadline

This is a continuous posting.  Applications will be reviewed and selected by ORNL mentors on a rolling basis as opportunities become available.


  • Full-time or part-time appointments may be offered
  • Summer term, academic semester, or 6- to 12-month sabbatical
  • Overall time in the HERE Faculty program limited to three years, with any combination of terms within that time period
  • Flexible start and end dates


  • $1,800/week stipend paid monthly for full-time participation; pro-rated if part-time*
  • $200/week housing allowance (paid with monthly stipend) and limited travel reimbursement (up to $250 each way) for full-time participants if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge
  • Learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants

Before you get started on your applications, you should:

  1. Review the research areas at ORNL to determine what best fits your career goals. You can see the six discipline areas at www.ornl.gov.
    • For example, if you choose Clean Energy you will learn more breakthrough areas, news, current research highlights, and more. And you can explore other research areas, or related links and organizations to identify your areas of interest and key words, important terminology, papers, etc. that can be used as you answer application questions or update your resume.
    • Or type a key word into the search box at the top right corner on www.ornl.gov and follow the links provided to identify key researchers at ORNL or go to the webpages of the directorates or divisions.  For example, typing “Environmental Science” leads to the link for the Environmental Sciences Division.
    • And you can find general contacts and access many of the Division or User Facility pages under Our People. Be sure to click on the page links to find potential connections as the Director is usually not the best place to begin your connection process.

After you have completed your application, then reach out via email (use the Our People – Contact Us – Find People - Staff Directory link at www.ornl.gov to enter a name and obtain an email address) to the researchers you identify.

  1. Tell them about your background and describe how your career objectives and interests relate to their research.
  2. Include an updated resume/CV in the email and let them know which programs you have applied to at ORNL.
  3. Showing initiative by reaching out to discuss your passion for science and research is a great way to introduce yourself to potential mentors. This personal connection can be the key to “standing out” from other applications. As many of our ORNL programs use "pool" application postings where multiple mentors will consider candidates with a variety of interests for varied educational project opportunities, this is a critical step for selection success.

For more information, visit Science Education Programs at ORNL or contact HERE@orau.org.


Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a full-time teaching or non-teaching faculty member at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university in a STEM field or related discipline
    • Non-teaching faculty must meet additional criteria
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application - LPRs are subject to DOE clearance approval for laboratory entry
  • Have medical insurance effective for entire term of appointment
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 600 month(s).
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
    • Computer Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (32 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

I certify that:

  • To the best of my knowledge all information contained in this application is accurate
  • I understand that any falsification will render me ineligible for participation and, if found after participation has begun, may require me to reimburse any funds received