Supercomputing and Computation


Graduate Opportunities

Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO)

The ORNL Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity Program is a highly selective program and offers challenging short-term research opportunities to recent recipients of master’s and doctoral degrees to conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment. Appointments are available in all current research and development programs at the laboratory. There are no citizenship requirements. The program will accept applications at any time. Appointments are for six months and may be renewed one time for up to three months.

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) for Students

This program is open to both U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have completed a BS within the past year, plus master’s and Ph.D. students performing thesis or dissertation research. Applications are always accepted; however, the preferred dates are February 1 for summer, June 1 for fall, October 1 for winter/spring. Opportunities are available for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer term; some sabbatical appointments 6 to 12 months, plus some intermittent appointments.

ORNL Postdoctoral and Post-Master’s Research Associates Program

This program allows recent doctoral and master’s graduates the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research with ORNL principal Investigators. Generally there is no citizenship requirement; however, each position has specific qualifications. Position-specific applications are accepted year-round. Positions are primarily for one-year appointments and may be renewed. A Ph.D. or master’s degree is required, and these positions are primarily for those within five years from their degree award.

ORACLE Graduate Program

In 1954, ORNL's ORACLE (Oak Ridge Automatic Computer and Logical Engine) was the fastest and largest data storage computer on the planet, with a peak rate of 14 kilo-FLOPS. The system was tasked with solving problems in nuclear physics, radiation effects, and reactor shielding.

The ORACLE graduate program, sponsored by the Computational Applied Mathematics Group (CAM) in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL, is dedicated to the continuing development of mathematical and statistical foundations for computational-based science and engineering problems at scale on the evolving platforms of leadership computing. Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. program in mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, or a related field, with a Master's equivalency. 

The application deadline for Summer Term 2014 is March 15th.

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