*NEW* NSSC-MSI Summer Research Fellowship Program
Meeting the security needs of our nation and preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction requires a concerted effort including involvement of our best scientists. The purpose of this program is to encourage participation of talented students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) mission-relevant science by joint partnerships with the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC). The program will serve as a pipeline for talented individuals leading to research careers at the U.S. National Laboratories.
The goal of the NSSC is to educate and transition new scientists and engineers into nuclear science and security jobs in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) labs and other federal employment. NSSC-MSI summer research fellows will gain first-hand experience in a research environment through faculty-mentored research projects studying nuclear and particle physics, nuclear chemistry/radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiation detection concepts and techniques, nuclear engineering, simulation, algorithms, and modeling to advance the state-of-the-art for nuclear nonproliferation applications.
The summer research fellowship program is open to any currently registered undergraduate students of at least Junior standing and currently registered graduate students from a qualifying Minority Serving Institute (MSI). Applicants must be US citizens to apply. The program involves partnership with at least one NSSC member from a participating NSSC university or national laboratory. MSI applicants must establish collaboration with one of the participating NSSC universities prior to submission of their application and a letter of commitment from the sponsoring NSSC member must be submitted at the time of the application deadline. A list of participating faculty and national laboratory members can be found on the NSSC website http://nssc.berkeley.edu.
Details of Award
Awards will be made to the NSSC partnering institutions hosting summer fellows from MSI institutions. We anticipate giving approximately 5 undergraduate and 5 graduate awards of up to $8000 per fellow depending on the student’s academic standing. Students will be expected to commit eight to ten weeks of time in the host institution’s research group. The award will cover travel, housing and living expenses during the time spent at the host institution. The summer fellowship program is a full time commitment; holding another job during the fellowship is not allowed.
To apply for the NSSC-MSI Summer Research Fellowship, a student must provide all of the information requested on application forms. The complete application package consists of:
- Student Application Form - download here
- CV or Resume
- Official Transcripts
- Two Letters of Reference - download here
- Faculty Member Nomination Form - download here
- A Letter of Commitment from the Sponsoring NSSC Member
Summer fellowship awards will be based on the applicant’s academic merit and the degree to which participation in the program will further their educational goals.
Application Due Date and Submission Details
Please note: applications must be complete to be considered for funding.
NSSC Postdoctoral Scholar
The Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley welcomes applications for multiple postdoctoral scholar employees in support of the Nuclear Science Security Consortium (NSSC) to engage in academic research at the forefront of nuclear science and security. The objective of the NSSC Postdoctoral Scholars is to create the next generation of scientific leaders in the nuclear security field. Research projects are available in the areas of nuclear and particle physics, nuclear engineering (including safeguards and nonproliferation as related to the nuclear fuel cycle), nuclear instrumentation, radiation detection concepts and technologies, as well as nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry for nuclear forensics and international safeguards applications. The initial appointment, limited to US citizens, is for one year, with the possibility of extension up to three years. Starting salaries are typically in the range of $55,000 to $65,000 per year and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A PhD from a recognized university in one of the following areas: Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, or similar discipline
- A superior academic performance and publication record
- Ability to be self-directed with broadly defined limits on assignments
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Demonstrated ability to interact efficiently with diverse people in a highly multidisciplinary environment
Related skills may include:
- Familiarity with nuclear decay processes as well as relevant databases
- Experience in particle and gamma-ray detection, including experimental set-up, data collection and analysis
- Knowledge of nuclear reactor physics, neutronics and simulation methods
A complete application includes the following components:
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Names of (3) References (Do Not Include Letters of Recommendation)
- Academic Transcripts
Download the announcement here.
2014 UITI Review Meeting
NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) will hold its annual University & Industry Technical Interchange (UITI) Program & Technical Review Meeting from June 3 – June 5, 2014 (Tuesday through Thursday), at the Marriott in Walnut Creek, California.
The UITI 2014 review meeting is an opportunity to showcase the DNN R&D funded research projects from universities, small business (SBIR & STTR), and their laboratory partners to the broader nuclear nonproliferation community. The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium will also be well represented. UITI is an unclassified venue for stakeholders within the community to engage sponsored researchers, as well as a forum to stimulate collaboration, technology transfer and integration. Over 55 technical presentations and 100 plus posters from a variety of disciplines will be presented including: radiation detection, advanced materials, remote sensing, safeguards and simulations, algorithms and modeling. In addition, the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories will each provide an overview poster of their DNN R&D sponsored research programs. Representatives from U.S. government agencies involved in nuclear proliferation will be in attendance.