The Post-Master’s Research Associate Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is highly selective and offers challenging opportunities to recent recipients of master’s degrees to conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment.

The program’s goals are to:

  • Advance scientific and technical training in areas of critical national need
  • Provide research opportunities for outstanding scientists
  • Promote the influx of new ideas and skills into the Laboratory
  • Enhance interactions with the wider academic and research communities

The emphasis on a research mentoring approach allows program appointees to become integral members of ORNL research and development teams. They gain exposure to current national issues in science and technology, have opportunities to share and exchange innovative ideas and techniques, and make significant contributions to ORNL programs. Depending on the nature of research and availability of funding, program appointees are encouraged to publish and present research findings and assist with proposals as part of a research team to enhance their own professional development. The interaction of ideas, skills, approaches, and technologies is of mutual benefit to the research associate and ORNL.


  • Applicants should be recent master’s degree graduates or should expect to complete all requirements before starting appointment.
  • Applicants who have already finished their master’s degrees must be within five years of graduation at the time of application.
  • Applicants should meet any additional requirements listed within each posting.
  • No citizenship requirement.


To read a full description of each position, click the Position Name. The full description includes information on how to apply for the position online.