Applicant Information

Current Opportunities

Applications are not currently being accepted. Please check back for future opportunities.


Underground WIPP
Using Recovery Act funds, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, N.M., has purchased $5.5 million worth of new equipment to improve efficiency and reduce downtime while repairs are needed. Designed for use in the disposal of remote-handled transuranic (RH-TRU) waste, the new equipment includes a light-weight facility cask, an alignment fixture assembly shield valve, and a horizontal emplacement machine. RH-TRU waste emits penetrating radiation and must be handled and transported in shielded casks.

CBFO appointments, administered by ORAU through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE), are designed to provide high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates the opportunity to participate in project-specific CBFO research and developmental activities.

The CBFO Fellowship Program is open to U.S. Citizens only and proof of citizenship is required if selected. Fellowships are awarded based on academic level and skills/experience to students and postgraduates in STEM disciplines. To apply, you must have strong analytical, research, oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity for creative thinking. You must also be interested in being a part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy technology research and development.

The location for appointments is Carlsbad, N.M., and includes the DOE Carlsbad Field Office, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the National Transuranic Program. Appointments are made for up to one year and may be renewed for up to five years, based on program needs, satisfactory performance by the appointee and continued availability of funding. Shorter appointment terms may also be available.

Additional Information for High School Students

CBFO expects to begin the high school component of the program in summer 2014.

To apply, you must be a high school senior, at least 16 years of age, and enrolled at a local high school in the Carlsbad area. If you are under the age of 18, you will have to complete a release of liability form and obtain your parent's or guardian's signature. You may begin your appointment during the summer before your senior year, may be appointed or continue your appointment during the school year, and may continue your appointment during the summer following your senior year. You will be appointed in an office setting. You may also be considered for future appointments while attending college based on the needs of the program, satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical ability, genetic information, sexual orientation or covered veteran's status.