Fellowships & Scholarships Jobs/Internships

Research fellowships in biomedical optics at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

​ We are currently seeking highly talented and motivated candidates in the area of medical signal processing (vital signs detection, etc.) and medical device evaluation. The selected candidates will join the research program through the ORISE Research Participation Program ( The candidates will have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge scientific research with highly experienced biophotonics researchers.

  1.  Project description

This project will focus on non-contact vital signs (heart rate, respiratory rate, etc.) detection with the imaging photoplethysmography (IPPG) technology (i.e., detect vital signs from video signals). We will identify factors that can affect the accuracy of IPPG as a non-contact, portable, inexpensive, and real-time technique for heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR) monitoring. We will evaluate how external factors, and video quality will affect IPPG device accuracy and thus enhance the regulation of this emerging technology. The ultimate goal of this project is to establish a comprehensive method to evaluate the performance of IPPG devices (including apps) by considering the identified factors.

 The position is within the Division of Biomedical Physics at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, which is located at FDA’s White Oak Research Center near Washington DC (Address: 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993).  General information about research in FDA can be found in the following link:

  1.  Requirements

Candidates with the following background are encouraged to apply:

  • Experience with image/video analysis/processing;
  • Proficiency with Matlab and other programing skill (python etc.);
  • Hand-on experience in lab;
  • Excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Students that are available for more than 6 months are preferred.
  • Master students or Ph.D. candidates can apply.
  1.  Sponsorship

U.S. citizenship is not required. While students with an F-1 visa may be eligible for participation, the student must have stayed in USA for more than 3 years in the past 5 years according to federal regulation.

 To apply, please send a CV to Dr. Quanzeng Wang (

Fellowships & Scholarships Jobs/Internships

Biomedical/Electrical/Mechanical Engineer Research Fellow

Job Description

An ORISE Research Fellow position for a biomedical / electrical / mechanical engineer is available in the Division of Biomedical Physics, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, located in Silver Spring. MD. Funding is currently available for up to 1 year with the possibility of extension. The candidate must have received his / her most recent degree within 5 years of the start date and be eligible to work in the U.S. All candidates must meet applicable security requirements which include a background check and a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years’ residency status in the US.

Advances in analytics, automation, and interoperability are increasingly being applied to safety critical electro-medical equipment. This enables advanced patient monitoring algorithms that use information from multiple parameters to better monitor, detect, and predict disease. It also enables physiological closed-loop controlled medical devices that track a patient’s vital signs and automatically adjust therapy. These functionalities can have significant benefits on patient care but come with a challenge of managing ever-increasing complexity in the design and use of medical devices. The goal of this project is to design model-based testing strategies for interoperable patient monitoring systems. We will use a cardiovascular flow loop to simulate cardiovascular conditions and a combination of physical and model-based testing to design new methodologies for evaluating patient monitoring technologies. During the research appointment, the candidate will learn about designing and evaluating model-based analyses of medical device and physiologic systems to test patient monitoring systems. The participant will also be shown how to design and construct automated test setups. The experience will allow them to understand and gain knowledge on the use of bench and model-based testing of medical devices.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • PhD, MS or BS degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field with a strong interest in a biomedical research career;
  • Strong technical background and experience in physiologic measurement sensors, signal processing, system identification, and/or computational modeling and simulations of physiological and/or medical device systems;
  • Experience designing, testing and using automated measurement testing platforms including instrumentation control and data acquisition;
  • Excellent programming skills in high level languages (e.g., Python / Matlab) and software for system modeling, simulation, and testing (e.g., Simulink / LabView);
  • Background or research experience in cardiovascular physiology.

How to Apply 

To apply, submit a cover letter describing background/skills/interests and a resume/CV addressed to Christopher Scully, PhD ( with the e-mail subject (Research Fellow Application).

Note that this appointment is offered through the CDRH Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non‐U.S citizens without regard to race, color, age religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam‐era veteran or disabled veteran. The individual selected for appointments will not become employees of ORISE, ORAU, DOE, FDA, CDRH, or any other office or agency. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full‐time at FDA in the Silver Spring, MD.

Fellowships & Scholarships

Titanium Conference Opportunity for Under Represented Graduate Students

​The International Titanium Association (ITA) and its International Titanium Foundation (ITF), in a partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), has received a $21,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Initially, funds from NSF will be used to support up to 15 college students involved in metallurgy, engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies, enabling the students to attend the TITANIUM USA 2019 conference and exhibition, which will be held Sept. 21-25 in Mobile, Alabama USA.

The International Titanium Association has travel funding for underrepresented students to present their research work at the Titanium USA 2019 conference travel funding includes registration, travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals. The conference is very well suited for students doing titanium-based advanced manufacturing and materials research. The ITA has a number of activities planned to connect students to industries manufacturing with Titanium. Please make this information available to students who may have interest in presenting their work as a presentation or poster.


National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) – Computational High-Temperature Sensing Materials

Pittsburgh, PA

Apply by 8/1/19


Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), this posting seeks a postdoctoral researcher to engage with National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) teams on the development of high-temperature gas sensors for power generation and industrial applications, such as combustion processes, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), aerospace and metal refining industries, which is essential to improve energy efficiency and reduce toxic emissions. Research efforts associated with this position focus primarily on: i) thermodynamic, electronic, and optical properties of pure, defective, and doped sensor materials at high temperature through electron-phonon interaction and thermal expansion; ii) gas molecules interacting with pure and defective surfaces of sensor materials; iii) gas sensor pathways and corresponding kinetics; iv) selectivity and stability of sensor materials when sensing gases; and v) improving sensitivity and selectivity by creating defects and doping.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in these elements (but not necessarily all):

  • Demonstrable skills in advanced computational methods (DFT, ab initio MD/MC, lattice phonon dynamics) for solving complex problems
  • Significant experience in fundamental research on electronic and optical properties of solids, and will preferably have experience in programming suitable for a high-performance computing environment (e.g. parallel processing and programming in MPI environment).
  • The successful candidate is not required to possess specific experience in sensor development, but preference will be given to candidates with experience in sensors, solid oxide fuel cells, electroceramic materials, electrochemistry, and other energy conversion devices.


Program information: Detailed information about the program can be found at Please send a CV to Yuhua Duan at

How to apply: Information in regard to the opportunity and a link to the application can be found at

Fellowships & Scholarships

Engie Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowship Call for Proposals

Engie (formerly GDF Suez) awards $25,000 graduate fellowships annually to two University of Maryland engineering graduate students to seek funding to pursue new research in the area of energy systems and devices to enable quantifiable energy savings and/or carbon dioxide emission reduction when compared to the performance of existing systems and devices. Examples of such technologies include, but are not limited to, waste heat utilization, carbon dioxide sequestration, absorption cooling, energy system optimization products and other technologies with a quantifiable potential to reduce energy consumption and/or carbon dioxide emissions. 

​Please see the attached announcement or visit the Engie Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowship home page for full details.

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 1, 2019

RIT Kate Gleason College of Engineering Lecturer

The Mechanical Engineering Department at Rochester Institute of Technology is seeking applicants for an open Lecturer position who have a strong commitment to engineering education, student mentoring, and who are focused on the success of students both inside and outside of the classroom.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach and develop various mechanical engineering courses and laboratories in accordance with their area of expertise.  Applicants should have the ability to support core lecture and laboratory courses as well as upper-level elective and graduate courses such as: Materials Science, Statics, Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, System Dynamics, Classical Control Systems, Engineering Analysis, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Measurements Laboratory and Engineering Applications Laboratory.  Additionally, lecturers assist student design teams, advise students, participate on departmental committees and engage in continuous personal professional development. 


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • Strong commitment to working with students and teaching excellence
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated aptitude for instruction and development of instructional materials
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences


Apply online at ; search openings, then Keyword Search 4621BR. Please submit your online application; cover letter; curriculum vitae or resume (1-5 pages), and upload the following attachments:

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of Diversity Contribution (1-2 pages)

Please note: References will be requested later of those who advance to the interview phase Questions for the search committee should be addressed to:

Application review will begin early July 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


Sandia National Laboratories Job Opportunities

Two job positions at Sandia which focuses on performance assessment of geologic waste repositories.  This involves groundwater flow and transport modeling, heat conduction and convection, biogeochemical reactions, geomechanics, and isotope decay.   Someone in geosciences, nuclear engineering, and/or UQ would be a good fit.

The job postings are titled Research & Development, Geosciences Engineer (Experienced) and Research & Development, Mathematician/Statistician/
Probability Professional (Experienced). The first targets someone whose primary role would be performance assessment modeling (including conceptual model development and process model integration), and the second targets someone whose primary role would be uncertainty and sensitivity analysis (including characterization of uncertainties). If you know of anyone who would be interested, please share this link: 

Or, click the “Careers” tab, then the “view all jobs” button. In the search field, search for the department number, 8844.

Finally, note that the word “Experienced” may be misleading.  In our context, it basically means having a Ph.D. so upcoming and recent graduates or postdocs are fine and would be eligible.

Optimization and Uncertainty Quantification

Sandia National Laboratories

P.O. Box 5800, MS 1318

Albuquerque, NM 87185-1318 

Henry M. Jackson Foundation Scientist Job Opening

Fellowships & Scholarships

The National Academies of Science Engineering Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers  at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Four annual review cycles: ·       August: Opens June 1; Closes August 1 ·       November: Opens September 1; Closes November 1 ·       February: Opens December 1; Closes February 1 ·       May: Opens March 1; Closes May 1 Applicants should contact prospective Research Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities. Thank you for your assistance. For more information: Phone: 202-334-2760 Email: Web: Sincerely yours, H. Ray Gamble Director, Fellowships Office 500 5th Street NW Washington, DC 20001


STEM Student Employment Program (SSEP)

  • Eligibility
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of undergraduate or graduate instruction leading to a bachelor’s or advanced degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) course of study at an institution of higher learning. (Must meet OPM Qualifications for Professional & Scientific positions)
  • Students must be enrolled at least half time, as defined by the institution, to be appointed and to remain in the program
  • Students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

Program Administration
• Interns may be hired on an indefinite period to complete the educational requirement.
• Interns may work either part- or full-time
• Each agency must sign a Participant Agreement with the Intern that sets forth the expectations for the internship.
• All Intern positions will be related to the Intern’s academic career goals or field of study.
• Salary based on completion of academic semester hours