Chemical Sensing for Soldier Protection
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 11/28/2018

Opportunity Description

Chemical Sensing for Soldier Protection and Survivability Project Overview: Graphene based chemical sensors have received much attention in the last 5-10 years due to graphene’s unique chemical and electrical properties. In contrast to commonly employed graphene sensors that detect a single analyte of interest, the project explores implementation of arrays of diverse graphene based chemical sensors to detect multiple analytes by themselves and in complex vapor mixtures. The response diversity of these sensors in combination with novel data science methods enables advanced sensing characteristics for deployable sensing platforms. Applicants will contribute to this research by investigating materials, experiments, and fabrication methods to enhance sensing capabilities for detection of chemical warfare agent simulants in complex environments. Project Description: Participating in research related to development and optimization of materials and methods for the detection of chemical vapors in complex mixtures Engaging in continued knowledge and skill development while receiving mentorship to successfully solve research challenges related to chemical detection using arrays of unique semi-selective chemical vapor sensors Participating in the selection, characterization, fabrication and analysis of existing and novel sensing materials for detection of chemical vapor target analytes alone and in complex vapor mixtures Participating in the execution, collection, processing, and analysis of sensor data using a vapor generation system and custom sensing platform to validate capabilities of developed sensing arrays Collaborating with academic partners with expertise in data science and other strategic partners within the DoD, academia, and industry Under this program the participant will be exposed to a range of experimental methods and techniques which will require self-motivation, independent focus, and communication skills to contribute to the overall project goals Required Experience: Experience and strong proficiency in standard analytical chemical laboratory techniques required with preference for background in materials research and/or chemical sensors Experience and proficiency in Microsoft Excel software programs required with experience in Python software programs desired

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Natick, MA
  • Opportunity Type: Other
  • Experience: 5 to 10 years
  • Date Posted: 11/28/2018

About Us

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as:

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Program that allow senior scientists, faculty; high school, bachelor’s, masters’ and doctoral students, and recent graduates to enhance their science education experience in projects and activities at our Department of Defense (DOD) and other Government and Private Industry customers’ laboratories and research facilities worldwide.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) allow Postdoctoral Fellows, Journeyman Fellows (undergraduate and graduates students and recent graduates), Senior Researchers, and Summer Faculty engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.

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