DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications! Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/. Applications due May 16, 2017 5:00PM Eastern Time
2017 JGI Community Science Program Annual Call Released
The CSP Annual Call is focused on large-scale sequence-based genomic science projects that address questions of relevance to DOE missions in energy security and sustainability and global biogeochemistry. While applications will be accepted that address any aspect of these mission areas, priority for this call will be given to projects that address the specific areas of special emphasis that are listed in the call, and exploit the diversity of JGI technical and analytical capabilities.
This year four topics areas are emphasized:
A Letter of Intent is required before submitting a proposal. Letters of intentÂ for CSP18 will only be accepted electronically and should be submitted between February 6 and March 31, 2017. For more information, please see the website.
TES/SBR Joint Investigators Meeting will be held April 25-26, 2017 in Potomac, Maryland. Registration and Information
Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Funding Announcement
Grant Notice: DE-FOA-0001724
Pre-Application Due Date: Feb 07, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern Time
Encourage/Discourage Date: Feb 22, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern Time
Application Due Date: Apr 05, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern Time
The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR). The mission of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) within BER is to advance a robust predictive understanding of Earth’s climate and environmental systems and to inform the development of sustainable solutions to the Nation’s energy and environmental challenges.
TSE Postdoctoral Research Position Now Open
Applications accepted until Dec. 31, 2016
The Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems science program at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, has an opening for a postdoctoral research staff member. See the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory job posting to apply.
Subsurface Imaging Tool “Sees” Underground Like Never Before
Much like medical scans, a new technology enables users to remotely look into the Earth's subsurface in real time. Contaminants in soils often provide a high-contrast medium in comparison to clean soils. For instance, nuclear waste from weapons production is present in the groundwater and soil at certain sites across the country, posing potential threats to the environment. The contamination must not only be monitored but better understood for cleanup to be possible.
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) developed and are applying Real-time Four-Dimensional Subsurface Imaging (E4D-RT) software to determine the extent of contamination and what drives its migration. No other commercial subsurface modeling software constructs 3-dimensional, time-lapse images of how the subsurface environment changes over time,in real time.
"Snapshots" of subsurface conditions are collected by measurements made at the surface or by electrodes inserted in boreholes that pass an electrical current through the material being studied and record how difficult it is for that electrical current to move through the material. E4D-RT combines supercomputers to analyze large amounts of data with real-time imaging and the ability to model buried metallic infrastructure like tanks and pipes. E4D-RT is a cost-saving, open-source solution for imaging in many kinds of subsurface studies, including fluid movement in geothermal systems and hydraulic fracturing operations and even understanding volcanic activity.
American Chemical Society establishes new journal dedicated to geochemistry, atmospheric and marine chemistry, and astrochemistry research
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced the forthcoming 2017 publication of ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that will unite the diverse and global community of scientists who explore the complex chemical nature of materials and processes that occur on Earth and in Space. The journal will disseminate high-impact research in the fields of geochemistry, atmospheric and marine chemistry, astrochemistry, and analytical geochemistry. Joel Blum, the MacArthur Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan, and an investigator in the DOE SBR program, will serve as the journal’s inaugural editor-in-chief. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry will publish applications of analytical, experimental and theoretical chemistry to investigate research questions relevant to the Earth and Space. The journal encompasses the highly interdisciplinary nature of research in this area, while emphasizing chemistry and chemical research tools as the unifying theme. Article submissions are now being accepted. Visit pubs.acs.org/acsearthchem to read the journal scope and editor profile and for information on how to submit your work.
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting applications for the 2016 Solicitation 2. Applications are due 5:00 pm ET on Monday, November 21, 2016. The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE / Office of Science mission. The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.
Early Career Research Program (PDF, 405KB) Announcement Number: DE FOA 0001625; Posting Date: July 28, 2016; Closing Date: November 14, 2016 Companion Announcement: LAB 16-1625. See Also: additional information from the Office of Science
Notes: Pre-Application Due Date: 09/08/2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time (A Pre-Application is required); Encourage/Discourage Date: 10/06/2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time; Application Due Date: 11/14/2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time
Post Doc Opening. The Terrestrial and Subsurface Ecosystems science program at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, in Richland WA has an opening for postdoctoral research staff. We are seeking a recent graduate in environmental geochemistry, soil ecology, plant ecophysiology or hydrology to study the terrestrial carbon cycle dynamics using advanced spectroscopic, analytical, imaging experimental platforms and computational, simulation, and modeling approaches. Candidates will be interviewed in June 2016. MORE INFORMATION.
DOE JGI CSP Call. DOE's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) has just released its annual Community Science Program (CSP) call focused on large-scale sequence-based genomic science projects that address questions of relevance to DOE missions in sustainable biofuel production, global carbon cycling, and biogeochemistry. While applications will be accepted that address any aspect of these mission areas, priority for this call will be given to projects that address the specific areas of special emphasis that are listed in the call, and exploit the diversity of JGI technical and analytical capabilities. Note a Letter of Intent is required (April 7, 2016 deadline).
For the CSP annual call, a letter of intent is required to submit a proposal to JGI. Submitters whose letters of intent/proposals are approved will receive further instructions via email. Human or animal disease-causing organisms will NOT be considered under this Program. Only plant pathogens of relevance to bioenergy-related crops or plants will be considered. All proposals will be reviewed for scientific merit, DOE relevance, proposed data usage by the applicant/community, and track record of the applicant. Proposers are encouraged to review JGI's sample requirements; samples that are not available in a timely manner, or are of insufficient quality or quantity, will delay or potentially defer approval for sequencing.
For questions about the appropriateness of projects, program specifics or application process, please contact Susannah Tringe (email@example.com). For more information: http://jgi.doe.gov/user-program-info/community-science-program/ [2/16]
DOE JGI-EMSL Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science (FICUS) Call for Proposals. The FICUS program was established to encourage and enable researchers to more easily integrate the expertise and capabilities of multiple user facilities into their research. The FICUS call between DOE JGI and Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL) represents a unique opportunity for researchers to combine the power of genomics and molecular characterization in one proposed research project. Both user facilities play critical roles in supporting DOE's energy, environment and basic research missions. Successful applications will focus on high risk/high payoff projects in the focused topic areas that can be completed on an accelerated timeline as compared with the standard CSP projects. In addition, they must utilize a broad range of the capabilities of each facility, and generate datasets beyond what each of these facilities could generate by itself. A letter of Intent is required (April 4, 2016 deadline).
For questions about the appropriateness of projects, program specifics or application process, please contact Terry Law (Emsl@pnnl.gov). For more information:http://jgi.doe.gov/user-program-info/community-science-program/how-to-propose-a-csp-project/emsl/ [2/16]
Science Graduate Student Research Accepting Applications The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) is now accepting applications for the SCGSR Program for its first solicitation for 2016.Applications are due May 11, 2016. Please note that beginning with the 2015 Solicitation 2 the SCGSR Program began accepting applications from graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to those who are U.S. citizens. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org [2/16]
SBIR/STTR FY 2016 Phase II DE-FOA-0001405: Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for Fiscal Year 2016, Phase II Release 1. (Closing date: Dec 15, 2015) See also http://sbir.er.doe.gov/sbir.
Grant Notice: DE-FOA-0001432
Closing Date for Applications: Jan 28, 2016
The U. S. Department of Energy's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships. These partnerships are to advance fundamental energy oriented scientific and engineering research collaborations with the DOE Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (DOE FFRDCs hereafter referred to as the National Laboratories) (Information on the DOE National Laboratories can be found at https://www.energy.gov/about-national-labs ). Participation by graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows is required. Junior faculty from EPSCoR jurisdictions are encouraged to apply. Utilization of DOE user facilities is encouraged. (Information on the DOE Office of Science user facilities can be found at https://science.energy.gov/user-facilities/ , information on the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy user facilities can be found at https://atrnsuf.inl.gov/ )
Grant Notice: DE-FOA-0001437
Closing Date for Applications: Jan 22, 2016
The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Environmental Systems Science (ESS), including Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) and Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR). The mission of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) within BER is to advance a robust predictive understanding of Earth’s climate and environmental systems and to inform the development of sustainable solutions to the Nation’s energy and environmental challenges. The goal of the Environmental System Science (ESS) activity in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) is to advance a robust predictive understanding of terrestrial environments, extending from bedrock to the top of the vegetated canopy and from molecular to global scales in support of DOE’s energy and environmental missions. Using an iterative approach to model-driven experimentation and observation, interdisciplinary teams of scientists work to unravel the coupled physical, chemical and biological processes that control the structure and functioning of terrestrial ecosystems across vast spatial and temporal scales. State-of-science understanding is captured in conceptual theories and models which can be translated into a hierarchy of computational components and used to predict the system response to perturbations caused, for example, by changes in climate, land use/cover or contaminant loading. Basic understanding of the system structure and function is advanced through this iterative cycle of experimentation and observation by targeting key system components and processes that are suspected to most limit the predictive skill of the models. Details.
Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The US Department of Energy is pleased to announce the Office of Science's Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is now accepting applications for the new Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program for the 2015. The SCGSR program will support supplemental awards to graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months. The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students' overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. Priority research areas for the 2015 SCGSR competition were identified to help address important workforce needs in support of Office of Science mission. The priority research areas for the 2015 SCGSR competition can be viewed at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/how-to-apply/priority-sc-research-areas/.
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. More information can be found at https://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/.
SBIR/STTR FY 2016 DE-FOA-0001366: Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for two distinct funding opportunities for DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for Fiscal Year 2016, Phase I Release 1. (Closing date: Oct 19, 2015) See also announcement PDF and http://sbir.er.doe.gov/sbir.
Shaima Nasiri Announced as New Program Manager in Climate and Environmental Sciences Division: Dr. Shaima Nasiri has been selected as Program Manager, responsible for co-managing the Atmospheric System Research Program of BER in DOE Office of Science; starting August 10, 2015. She shares programmatic responsibilities for the ASR program with Dr. Ashley Williamson. Dr. Nasiri comes to DOE with impeccable scientific credentials as well as experience in the management of federal programs. During the past decade, Dr. Nasiri served on the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University, where she published extensively on topics involving cloud physics, aerosol science, and satellite meteorology. Dr. Nasiri also gained tremendous experience during the past year as an IPA serving as co-manager of the ASR program; during this time she has also represented DOE conducting strategic planning for climate sciences within the US Global Change Research Program (as part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy).
DE-FOA-0001386 Early Career Research Program Announcement: The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.(Closing date: Nov 19, 2015)
The Subsurface Biogeochemical Research and Terrestrial Ecosystem Science programs within the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) held their third annual joint investigators meeting April 28-29, 2015, in Potomac, Maryland. Funded projects provided abstracts and posters summarizing their progress to date.
For SBR-Funded Research Only: Online highlight submission now available! This system collects brief science highlights describing published research supported by the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) program within DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).
2015 Environmental System Science (ESS) PI Meeting
Bolger Conference Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive,
April 28 - 29, 2015
The Department of Energy's Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) and Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) programs will hold their third Joint Principal Investigators Meeting on April 28-29, 2015, at the Bolger Conference Center in Potomac, MD.This event will follow a similar basic program format as previous years, beginning on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. and concluding on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting is only for the Principal Investigators and associates of projects funded through the program. The meeting provides a venue for project investigators to exchange results and accomplishments while providing program managers the opportunity to evaluate the progress of each project.
Information, registration, abstract submission available at http://www.orau.gov/esspi2015/
ORNL Seeking Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in Hg Biogeochemistry
The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) of the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in their research group focused on Hg biogeochemistry in a watershed context.
Description: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks a highly motivated and creative individual skilled in watershed biogeochemistry or environmental engineering to work on a project investigating targeted actions to decrease (i) mercury and methylmercury concentration in water, (ii) mercury and methylmercury flux, and (iii) mercury concentration in fish. Current research at ORNL in this area spans from the molecular to the field scales although for this position work will be conducted at the laboratory microcosm to field scales. The integration of field, laboratory, and simulation research will be used to inform decisions related to environmental remediation and long-term stewardship of terrestrial and aquatic systems.
The successful candidate will focus their research efforts on understanding, within a watershed context, the geochemical and hydrological processes that control Hg transformation at an industrially contaminated site on the Oak Ridge Reservation. The biogeochemical controls on transformations that sustain methyl mercury concentrations in this system are poorly understood. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop and evaluate innovative technologies to limit the release of mercury into the system. Opportunities exist to collaborate with skilled researchers in hydrology, geochemistry, environmental microbiology, and ecology within ORNL, at collaborating Universities and other National Laboratories.
Qualifications: This position requires a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry or engineering, (bio)geochemistry, soil science, watershed hydrology, or a related discipline. Experience in Hg research, applying (bio)geochemical models, and the analysis of kinetic data is desired. Strong oral and written communication skills are required. The candidate must have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.
Technical Questions: Interest in the position should be directed to Scott Brooks at email@example.com. Additional information about ORNL and the Environmental Sciences Division is available from www.ornl.gov, and /www.ornl.gov/division/esd respectively.
LLNL Seeking Postdoctoral Research Staff Member
The Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member. They are seeking an environmental radiochemist, chemist, materials scientist, or geochemist to study, characterize and model the geochemical behavior of radionuclides in the environment using advanced spectroscopic and analytical techniques. The candidate will design, conduct and oversee laboratory experiments involving sorption/desorption kinetics of actinides on mineral surfaces in the presence of dissolved organic matter and microorganisms. The candidate is expected to apply advanced spectroscopic and analytical techniques (e.g. TEM, SEM, NanoSIMS, EXAFS) to characterize laboratory and field samples and develop conceptual and numerical models of actinide behavior in groundwater. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary LLNL research team that is investigating the biogeochemical processes that control the behavior of actinides in the subsurface. The candidate will be part of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute and report to the Environmental Radiochemistry Group Leader in CSD.
The post-doc will join LLNL's interdisciplinary team studying actinide behavior in the environment. This research Scientific Focus Area is supported by DOE’s Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research, Subsurface Biogeochemical Research program (http://doesbr.org/research/sfa/sfa_llnl.shtml). LLNL plans to interview candidates this fall. Details regarding the application process can be found at: https://careers.llnl.gov/. Job Opening ID: 12385
E4D-RT: Real-time Four-Dimensional Subsurface Imaging (2016 R&D 100 Award Winner): An imaging technology that enables researchers—for the first time—to take four-dimensional views of the subsurface was selected as a 2016 R&D 100 Award winner. The technology combines geology, physics, mathematics and chemistry with supercomputer modeling to create four-dimensional images of what’s happening below the surface. E4D-RT was developed by PNNL's Tim Johnson. (Nov 4, 2016)