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The ARS Postdoctoral Research Program does NOT have application deadlines; applications are accepted for each position until position is filled.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Application Form
    The Application Form must be submitted via email to

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    Your résumé should include academic history, employment history, relevant experiences and publications list. To be submitted with application form via email at

  • Transcript (All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.)
    If you are currently a doctoral student, transcript must include recent coursework and grades. If are not currently a student, transcript should include your graduation date and degree awarded. Copies of official transcripts are accepted. Transcripts may be submitted by the institution’s registrar’s office or by the applicant as instructed below.

    E-mail: Scanned copies of transcripts including official university/college markings may be sent via e-mail to It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts submitted via e-mail do not contain personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and Student ID Number that, if lost or compromised, could cause serious harm (including identify theft) to you.

Postal Mail

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
ATTN: ARS Postdoctoral Research Program
P.O. Box 117, MS 36
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117


(865) 576-4197
ATTN: ARS Program

Shipping/Overnight Address

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
ATTN: Elizabeth Nelson
1299 Bethel Valley Road, Building SC-200
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Important Information

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
  • While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with USDA, ARS or any other agency, this position may require a pre-employment check and a full background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative, pending favorable outcome of the pre-employment check.

Note to Mac OS users: to complete these forms, please save them to your desktop first by control-clicking each link and choosing “Save Link As...” (Firefox) or “Download Linked File” (Safari). You will need the free Adobe Reader to complete the forms and return them by email.