Engineering Research at CERL (Champaign, IL)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Post-graduate Internship/Fellowship
Job Institution: 
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Maryland Office
Job Description: 

Project Description

This appointment includes, but is not limited to, the following:

- Collection and analysis of laboratory data relating to water purification by reverse osmosis.

- Emphasis on effects of salinity, pretreatment, and fouling on sustained water flux.

-Membrane design software will be used to design an RO module with optimal characteristics for an intended application.

About CERL

The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) is part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USAERDC), which is the Army Corps of Engineers' integrated research and development (R&D) organization. CERL conducts research to support sustainable military installations. Research is directed toward increasing the Army's ability to more efficiently construct, operate, and maintain its installations and ensure environmental quality and safety at a reduced life-cycle cost. Excellent facilities support the Army's training, readiness, mobilization, and sustainability missions. An adequate infrastructure and realistic training lands are critical assets to installations, which serve as platforms to project power worldwide. CERL also supports ERDC's R&D mission in civil works and military engineering.


Selected Fellows/Researchers will have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the U.S. Government and to interact with leading scientists performing research and/or advising at the sponsor. The extensive partnering relationships with universities and other government agencies will expose participants to a broad research community. Program participants will have the opportunity to meet government decision-makers and learn directly from them about the role of scientific research in addressing complex, real-world (i.e., operational) needs. Furthermore, fellows have the opportunity to learn how research products transition from the proof-of-concept stage to integrated production systems. Other benefits include the following:

· Stipend Payment

· Health Insurance

· Inbound Relocation/Dislocation

· Training & Travel



Applicants should have recently completed a M.Sc. or higher within five years of the desired starting date in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering  or related discipline, or will be able to complete of all requirements for the degree within six months of the starting date.  B.S. candidates with previous scientific journal publications in topic area also considered. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.


Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Selections are made as openings occur throughout the year.


The participants will be selected based on academic records, recommendations, applied research interests and compatibility of background with applied research programs and projects at the host Installation. The initial appointment is for one year and may be renewed for up to four additional years based upon recommendation of the host installation and subject to availability of funds. The appointment is full time at the host installation.

The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The stipend rate is determined based upon level of education, training, and experience. Inbound travel and moving expenses are reimbursed according to established policies. Travel and other costs will also be reimbursed for training related to the project and approved by ORISE and the host installation. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health plans are available through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for Postgraduate Internship participants. Applications are accepted and processed on a continuing basis.

Please reference the assigned Position ID when calling, emailing, or writing for information. Additional information and application material can be found on the following website