Research Opportunities at DOE National Laboratories

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program 2020 Solicitation 1. Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 6, 2020.

There are 4 new transdisciplinary research areas for encouraging graduate training activities at the convergence of multiple disciplines and communities, including Microelectronics, Data Science, Fundamental Symmetries, and Accelerator Science. We strongly encourage applications in these areas.  

The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. Details about the program, research areas, and online application can be found here.

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/facility 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 host DOE laboratories/facilities. 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/facility during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 95 awards in 2020 Solicitation 1 cycle, for project periods beginning anytime between November 9, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District Job Opportunity

Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District is currently accepting applications for: Project and Engineering Lead ($25-30/hr DOQ),plus comprehensive benefits package

The Project and Engineering Lead performs a variety of technical, engineering and support tasks involved in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, repair and upgrade of the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District facilities. The Project and Engineering Lead is responsible for designing and drawing Traffic Control Plans, updating maps and drawings and coordinating projects within the system.

This position is required to be on call to handle emergencies as needed and must live within a 30-minute response time.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of construction design, engineering theories and principles, a good understanding of hydraulics, pressure and friction loss and skills in managing and coordinating complex engineering projects. A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or related field and two years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Preference will be given to candidates with Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.

Candidates must have a valid WA State Driver’s License and successfully pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.

To understand the full requirements and the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for this position, go here for a full job description and application. Applications need to include YTID application, resume and cover letter detailing interest and qualifications.

Complete applications are being accepted until March 25, 2020. 

Scholarships and Info Sessions For Study And Research in the UK and Ireland

Interested in graduate-level study or research at universities in the UK or Ireland in 2021-2022?

Consider applying for these full funding opportunities:

  • Churchill Scholarship (UW Nomination required)
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Marshall Scholarship (any UK university)
  • Mitchell Scholarship (Island of Ireland)
  • Rhodes Scholarship (Cambridge)

Information Sessions are listed below.

General Eligibility (each scholarship has specific requirements)

  • GPA 3.7+
  • Track record of research, community, and/or extracurricular involvement and leadership
  • Rhodes and Gates Cambridge are open to citizens of all countries. Churchill, Marshall, and Mitchell require US Citizenship
  • Rhodes and Mitchell have any limits
  • Must earn a Bachelor’s degree by August 2021 or earlier

Apply for UW Nomination here.

UW Application Deadline: 4/26/2020

Learn more about each scholarship here.

General UW Information Sessions: Join us to learn more about the campus application and nomination process for any and all of these scholarships, whether you know you’re interested or just exploring options! RSVP for any session here.

  • Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, 11:30am-12:30pm, MGH 171 or online
  • Monday, March 2, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm, MGH 171 or online
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 171 or online

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., MGH 171 or online

  • Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at any UK institution in any field of study.
  • Join Mr. Robin Twyman, Consul (Business and Government Affairs) in the UK Government Office in Seattle, to learn more about the Marshall Scholarships program and application process. Mr. Twyman will be joined by UW faculty member and Marshall Scholar alumnus Dr. David Ginger, Chemistry, who will share his experiences studying in the UK as a Marshall Scholar.
  • Please RSVP to attend either in-person or online. All are welcome!

SEAW Scholarship Deadline Coming Soon

The Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) is offering $5,000
scholarships to current college or university students studying Structural
Engineering and planning to make their professional career in the practice of
Structural Engineering.

Applications are due by Feb 28, 2020. You can apply and learn more here.

Requirements of Students applying for the SEAW Scholarship:

• Official resident of the State of Washington. Residents of this state attending
schools in other states are eligible. Students attending in-state schools on a
nonresident basis are not eligible.
• At the time of application, be currently enrolled in a program of study majoring in
Structural Engineering as a senior undergraduate or as a graduate student.
• Having a commitment to making a professional career in the practice of
Structural Engineering.

How to Apply:
• Obtain application materials here.
• Have all documents submitted to the SEAW office by February 28th to be
considered for the current year’s scholarship award.

How the Scholarship Award Recipient is selected:
From qualified students submitting applications, the SEAW selection committee will
determine those to be interviewed. Those applicants to be interviewed will be notified by
April 8th, and interviews will be scheduled. Only those interviewed will be given further
consideration. Final decisions relating to all matters of eligibility and award of the
Scholarship rests solely with the SEAW selection committee.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.

Open position: Doctoral Student in the Behavior of Water Infrastructure in Wildfires

Dr. Erica Fischer is seeking a Ph.D. level graduate assistant to join her collaborative research team at Oregon State University (College of Engineering, School of Civil and Construction Engineering) to research wildfire impact to water infrastructure systems. Average Ph.D.-level position lasts 3 years.

Scope of work: The anticipated scope of work incorporates multi-scale fire experiments on varying components of the water infrastructure network. The graduate student researcher will also play an important role in stakeholder engagement workshops with different water utility agencies around the country and interaction with a team of researchers and graduate students working on developing sensors and tools for communities to recover after a wildfire. Candidates should have a BS in Civil Engineering, preferred candidates have an MS in Civil Engineering. The candidate must have the ability to work independently to achieve project objectives, meet project deadlines and reporting requirements, and help mentor other team members. The candidate also must fill an important role in facilitating collaborations with the multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional project team.

Appointment: The appointment is expected to be filled as soon as possible with an anticipated latest start date of June 15, 2020. This assistantship includes a monthly stipend and covered tuition, health insurance, and student fees. The graduate assistant will be working on research projects supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

To Apply: Please contact Dr. Erica Fischer by email at erica.fischer@oregonstate.edu with the subject heading “WUI Resilience Graduate Application” and provide a CV and transcripts. Oregon State University graduate admissions application is already open.

Information on the School of Civil and Construction Engineering can be found at here.

Structural Engineer Job Opportunity with Cornerstone Home Designs

Cornerstone Home Designs looking to hire a Structural Engineer with excellent mathematical, IT and analytical skills. Structural Engineers are expected to be detail oriented, creative and possess amazing problem-solving skills.

To ensure success, Structural Engineers should display an investigative nature and must be accurate, commercially aware and have great communication skills with a keen interest in ensuring the safety and physical integrity of buildings and other large structures. Top candidates will have fantastic project and budget management skills with great knowledge of construction processes, materials and legal regulations.

  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Salary: $70,000.00 to $75,000.00 /year

Structural Engineer Responsibilities:

  • Prepare reports, designs and drawings.
  • Make calculations about pressures, loads and stresses.
  • Consider the strength of construction materials and select appropriately.
  • Provide technical advice on safe designs and construction.
  • Obtain planning and/or building regulations approval.
  • Analyze configurations of the basic components of a structure.
  • Liaise with professional staff such as architects and engineers.
  • Monitor and inspect all work undertaken by contractors to ensure structural soundness.
  • Administer contracts and manage projects.
  • Inspect properties to evaluate the conditions and foundations.
  • Use computer aided design technology for simulation purposes.

Structural Engineer Requirements:

  • Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering (essential).
  • 6 years of work experience as a Structural Engineer (essential).
  • Professionally registered with the Institute of Structural Engineers.
  • Expert experience in project management.
  • Advanced knowledge of construction methods, materials and legal regulations.
  • Sound understanding of physics and mathematics.
  • Ability to liaise with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Three-dimensional conceptual skills.
  • Analytical thinker with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with the superb organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication and IT skills.

Learn more about Cornerstone here.

Contact Jared Baehmer at 253-777-2362 if you are interested in the job.

Self Nominate to be a Part of New CEE Student Advisory Board

CEE is creating two student advisory boards that will meet on a regular basis to review and provide feedback on department operations, educational programs, policies and other matters of importance to the student body.  A representative of each board will sit on the department’s respective undergraduate and graduate educational committees, as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

The boards will be comprised of a diverse representation of CEE students.

  • SAB applications will be solicited once annually.
  • Application materials include a resume and cover letter/ statement of interest
  • Board members are selected through an interview process by the CEE Advising Team and Faculty
  • Students are selected in April
  • Students shadow in May and June, and then serve terms for one academic year (sum-spr)
  • Students may serve up to two consecutive terms

SAB Job Description:

  • Attend monthly SAB meetings
  • Serve as members of departmental committees, including but not limited to Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Provide regular review and feedback on all aspects of the student experience in CEE
  • Advocate for department students
  • Set priorities for improvements related to the student experience in CEE
  • Work in ad-hoc groups on projects related to the student experience in CEE
  • Other projects defined by the committee and/ or department

Please send your self nominations to Bryan Crockett at: bryantc@uw.edu