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

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 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.

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:

CEE452: Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Learn the fundamentals of structural design in reinforced concrete over
the summer, while keeping your job or internship! With all lectures
recorded, and online submission of HW (only two in-person exams),
this course is designed to accommodate other summer obligations. The
course covers the basic mechanics of concrete, the composite behavior
of concrete and steel, and the contemporary, code-compliant design of
slabs, beams, columns and other structural elements.

All lectures will be video recorded and made available through Canvas.  Homework and office hours and will also be facilitated online.  Two exams will be administered in-person, on UW Seattle campus.  For more details, please contact

Drainage Engineering Internship – CLOSING ON 4/30/19

Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has a Drainage Engineering Internship opportunity . The intern will receive supervised practical training in various areas of DWW operations, including: flow and level monitoring services; rain and operations data review; and data screening and analysis.

The intern will become familiar with the various parts of the DWW system, including: wastewater pipes and pump stations; passive and active hydraulic controlled structures; stormwater pipes, culverts, and ponds, and streams; and data acquisition from various sources.  Duties will involve field and office work and require that the intern be able to drive a city vehicle, carry/lift moderate loads, work in uneven terrain, and enter confined spaces.

Learning objectives include, but are not limited to:

  • Enhance understanding of municipal DWW infrastructure and function
  • Gain experience with field work and documenting/reporting findings
  • Experience with reviewing design drawings/specs
  • Enhance technical writing skills and use of software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Visio, arcGIS, CAD)
  • Enhance organizational, communication, and data management skills.

There is currently one internship opportunity available. The projected start date is early-June. This internship is for up to 24 months or graduation, whichever comes first. We require a minimum 1-year commitment for this internship opportunity.

More information:


Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Researcher

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) invites exceptional young researchers to apply for an ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship ( This fellowship provides recipients the opportunity to pursue independent research while working alongside some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers. Applicants must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Successful candidates will have already tackled a major scientific or engineering problem or will have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

Fellowship terms and benefits

  • An annual stipend of $100,000
  • Health insurance (including dental and vision)
  • Paid relocation and a professional travel allowance
  • One-year appointments are renewable for up to three years based on performance.
  • Fellowship appointments require a full-time commitment to the research program at ARL.
  • Fellows must be in residence at ARL during the entire period of the appointment.

Post Masters RA – Watershed Hydrobiogeochemical Modeling

Job Description

The candidate for this position will study the hydrologic and biogeochemical processes associated with river- groundwater exchange at watershed scale utilizing a suite of simulation codes, for example, subsurface flow and reactive transport code PFLOTRAN, Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), WRF-Hydro, and their equivalents. The candidate will be expected to participate in the development of novel conceptual models for modeling real-world flow and biogeochemical transport at various catchments within the Columbia River Basin. The candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of computational and experimental scientists to understand how the watershed-scale hydrologic and nutrient cycling is impacted by the hydrologic exchanges between the surface water and groundwater. This position will require numerical modeling, data analyses and visualization in a high performance computing environment.

Closing Date: April 29, 2019 – closing soon!

More Information:

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CM 450 Construction Project Management Class for Summer 2019

Section: TTh 3:00 – 5:40pm;

Where: ARC 160 Arch 120F, VM 616-3618

Office: TTh: 2:00-3:00 or by appointment

Course Description
The purpose of the course is to introduce the principles, techniques, and practices used for the management of
construction projects, namely, construction contracting, estimating, planning, scheduling, time management, cost
control and earned value, resource management, and financial management. The scope of work cover civil and
commercial projects, however, more emphasis are on civil projects.

If interested, apply now!!

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2019 Daniel and Irma Evans Endowed Lecture

Thursday, May 9, 3:30pm
Kane Hall, Room 220

Reception to follow in Kane Hall’s Walker-Ames room.


Free and open to the public. No RSVP required.


Transportation Matters: Moving Washington Forward

Washington state’s economy, its people and their quality of life depend on a multimodal, integrated transportation system that works for all of its users, regardless of age, ability or economic status. Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar will discuss the Washington State Department of Transportation’s role as stewards of the state’s $200 billion investment in transportation and how the agency is managing today’s challenges – congestion, system preservation, land use, workforce and more. Millar also takes a look ahead to future transportation trends including system resilience, alternative energy, new and emerging technology, as well as funding and investment priorities. 

Questions? Please contact Veronica Brauchli at

Project Geomorphologist Job Opportunity

Job Overview
Conduct field surveys of river and floodplain shape and elevation, gather pipeline elevation data, and
assist in general field data collection efforts describing river geomorphic conditions and processes.
Additional data collection efforts may include kayaking, canoeing, and working from a motor boat.
Assessment of potential bank instability. Field work will typically require travel away from home for
between two to four weeks. Office work supporting erosion and scour assessments at water crossings
and identifying flood related risks to pipeline integrity. Additional work may include acoustical
assessments of river processes.
Office work may be conducted from a home office. Field work typically requires multiple weeks away
from home and travel across North America.

Key Responsibilities

  • Field data collection efforts and desktop hydrology, hydraulic, and scour and erosion assessments.
  • Support and lead report efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned

Interested? Email

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