Defense Opportunity in Olfactory Science (MS -PhD)
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 11/25/2018

Opportunity Description

The application for this opportunity is now available on Zintellect, a custom-designed application system for all ORISE opportunities. To be considered for this opportunity, please apply at To search and apply for other internships, experiential learning opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships, please visit Defense Opportunity in Olfactory Science (MS -PhD) An ORISE research opportunity is currently available with Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) in Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland. The appointment will primarily involve research investigating the headspace composition and volatile organic compounds present in chemical, biological, and explosive materials. As part of a larger olfactory sciences program, the candidate will be conducting research that will increase our understanding of stand-off detection methodologies, creation of and elimination of odor signatures, and the behavioral characteristics of various chemical compounds. The research participant will be involved in the following activities: •Design sample preparation protocols and analyze materials with traditional GC-MS techniques or other detection methods (DART-MS, PTR-MS) with minimal supervision following initial training period. •Develop methods and experiments to accurately detect the VOCs from sensitive headspace samples. •Analyze samples, report results, discuss and troubleshoot assay related problems in a timely basis. •Participate in emergency response exercises, proficiency testing, and provide analytical support to networked laboratories as needed. •Regularly maintain and record the performance and functionality of all analytical instrumentation used. •Communicate research internally and externally by preparing method summaries and standard operating procedures, presenting results to the scientific community, and publishing in peer reviewed journals. Eligibility: •The candidate should be a highly motivated and energetic scientist seeking a special opportunity to develop expertise in olfactory sciences, threat detection, and biodefense. •The candidate must have a BS with 5+ years laboratory experience, or an MS with 2+ years laboratory experience, or have or be pursuing a PhD. •Experience with biological volatile organic compound (VOC) odor analysis using headspace SPME-GC/MS and accompanying analytical software (MassHunter, Agilent Mass Profile Professional Software, etc) is highly desired. •Government experience preferred. To be eligible, applicants must: •Have or be pursuing a degree in biology, chemistry, analytical chemistry, or biochemistry. •Have or be eligible to obtain a security clearance. •Be a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Aberdeen, MD
  • Opportunity Type: Science
  • Experience: At least 5 year(s)
  • Date Posted: 11/25/2018

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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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