Optical Techniques for Detection of Bioaerosols
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 4/23/2019

Opportunity Description

Currently, there is no reliable method for real-time detection and/or identification of hazardous biological aerosols. Early warning systems are badly needed that are capable of instantaneously detecting the presence of hazardous airborne particulates. Existing point-detection deployed today involves fluorescent antibody tagging that requires long time periods to process and analyze. Furthermore, these types of systems are easily thwarted since they are tailored to detect only a few very specific antigens. As a result, they are put at a disadvantage by choosing a BW agent (or variant) that is considered atypical. If rapid detection is a primary objective for detecting BW agents (either for point or long-range detection), then direct optical probing must be considered. Our experimental program is considering the following techniques: conventional Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy FTIR Raman spectroscopy resonate Raman laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy various single particle and ensemble photoacoustic techniques. Research designed to measure specific IR absorption and Raman spectra on intact bioaerosols is extremely rare in the literature and is still considered in its infancy. Click here for more information

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Adelphi, MD
  • Opportunity Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 4/23/2019

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Grooming future leaders in science and technology requires enhancing the skills, knowledge and experience of workers early in their careers. To that end, ORAU (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) assists in connecting the best and most diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and jobs, whether in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices or private sector R&D departments.

ORAU works with agencies such as 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. We work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to place recent graduates in full-time and part-time jobs in the Office of Research and Development at EPA under the National Student Services Contract. ORAU also works with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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