Portably obtaining purified bioenergy
at ORAU/ORISE DoD Programs

Date Posted: 11/28/2018

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Portably obtaining purified bioenergy and useful chemicals from field-available substrates The Army needs to obtain energy and/or energetic chemicals while on maneuvers, for use in vehicles, robots, fuel cells, artificial muscles, etc., to extend the range of the soldiers while reducing their carry load. Chemicals used as energy sources must be reasonably pure to be useful, and must be produced from substrates readily available in the field, such as food, vegetation, and insects. The delivery system must be light enough, and produce energy/chemicals fast enough, to justify taking it along. Ideally, it would also do so in a manner that minimizes the Army's ecological footprint on the area of operation. Similar justifications and criteria apply to the production in the field of other useful chemicals, with potable water a notable example. This RO is for doing research with and assisting lead ARL S&Es on projects of this type in the BioTechnology Branch. Candidate must have a B.S. degree and research experience in chemical engineering, and also have demonstrated skills/experience in microbiology. Organism experience should include culturing both yeasts and bacteria, and combinations thereof. Techniques experience should include fuel cells, FTIR, bioseparations, Matlab programming, and DNA sequencing. Candidate must also be a hard worker, with good ideas, and be easygoing and eager to please. Must demonstrate experience as a technical writer and public speaker via journal publications and conference talks, with both supporting author and first-author credits. (Corresponding author credit is not necessary.) Must be U.S. citizen, and able to obtain security clearance. Click here for more information

Opportunity Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Adelphi, MD
  • Opportunity Type: Other
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 11/28/2018

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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.

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