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The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of the seven laboratories of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC), which is the Army Corps of Engineers’ integrated research and development (R&D) organization. EL provides solutions to environmental challenges for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Nation through environmental science and engineering research and development. Researchers in EL conduct research in ecosystem science and technology, environmental resiliency, environmental sensing, ecological modeling and forecasting, risk and decision science, environmentally sustainable material, systems biology, climate change, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental security. For more information about the US Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory (EL), please visit

What will I be doing?

Under the guidance of a mentor, the you will conduct research utilizing one or more computational chemistry approaches such as density functional theory, molecular dynamics simulations, and coarse-graining techniques. Knowledge of AI/ML in computational chemistry will be advantageous but not a necessary requirement. Research may cover one or more area relevant to fate and transport of different chemicals, structures and interactions of chemicals in the complex media, and development of multifunctional materials. Research may also focus on studying effects of hydration, adsorption, transport and diffusion of organic/inorganic species on some modeled surfaces at both the atomistic and coarse-graining level. You will engage in preparation of research results to be presented to the broader ERDC community; including, developing these results into publications to inform the broader scientific community through peer-reviewed journals and developing project ideas.

Where will I be located?

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Why should I apply?

This fellowship provides the opportunity to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed research forward. There are multiple opportunities available to engage in your applied research and evaluation interests.

What is the anticipated state date?

ERDC-EL is ready to make an appointment. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidates.

What is the length of the appointment?

This ORISE appointment is a full-time 12 month opportunity. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-EL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


You must have a Ph.D. degree or graduating soon with knowledge in one or more of electronic structure methods, MD simulations, coarse-graining or computational rheology. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing