ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship
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Grant amount: US $100,000
Deadline: May 31, 2019 2:00pm PDT
Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher
Funding uses: Fellowship
Location of project: United States
Location of residency: Anywhere in the world
Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 3 years of receiving their PhDView website Save Need help writing this grant?
About this funder:
The ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships will provide the opportunity for recipients to pursue independent research of their own choosing that supports the mission of ARL. The Fellow benefits by having this opportunity and by working alongside some of the Nation's best scientists and engineers. ARL benefits by the expected transfer of new science and technology that enhances the capabilities of the U.S. Army and the warfighter in times of both peace and war.
For more than 50 years, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has conducted the great majority of the Army's basic science programs. Among their many successes, ARL civilian employees helped develop the proximity fuze, worked to develop ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, the first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer), grew some of the first synthetic large quartz crystals, and developed the titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V. Currently, ARL scientists and engineers are pioneering research in such areas as neuroscience, energetic materials and propulsion, electronics technologies, network sciences, virtual interfaces, and synthetic environments and autonomous systems. They are leaders in modeling and simulation, and have high performance computing resources on-site. They are expanding into frontier areas, such as quantum information and quantum networks.
The Army Research Laboratory invites exceptional young researchers to participate in this excitement as ARL Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows. These Fellows must display extraordinary ability in scientific research, and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. Candidates are expected to have successfully tackled a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or to have provided a new approach or insight, evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.
The Harry Diamond Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship recognizes the significant work that Harry Diamond performed in inventing the proximity fuze, described at the time as “one of the outstanding scientific developments of World War II ... second only to the atomic bomb.”
The George F. Adams Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship recognizes the early work in computational chemistry that Dr. Adams pioneered at the forerunner to ARL, the Army’s Ballistics Research Lab. By recognizing the importance of theoretical chemistry, he laid the foundations for quantum mechanical predictions of structures of small molecules and energetic materials for the Army, a critical enabler for present-day ARL multi-scale computational research.
The Robert J. Eichelberger Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship recognizes the significant contributions made by Dr. Eichelberger to detonation physics and electromagnetic phenomena induced by strong shocks in solids, and for his role as Director of the forerunner to ARL, the Army’s Ballistics Research Lab, from 1967 to 1986.
ENIAC was designed and constructed for the United States Army, Ordnance Corps, Research and Development Command. The construction contract was signed on June 5, 1943. Development began in secret at the University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering under the code name "Project PX." Once completed, ENIAC was housed and run by the Army’s Ballistic Research Laboratory, a forerunner laboratory of ARL.
The Brad E. Forch Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship was established to honor an ARL scientist who, in addition to his outstanding technical accomplishments, was renowned for his broad expertise and his spirit of volunteerism. Dr. Forch began his Army career as NRC Research Associate and quickly moved up the ranks to career scientist, to team leader, to branch chief, and ultimately to the Army's highest rank of ST, serving as the expert in ballistics and energetic materials. His many technical achievements include the development of laser ignition technology for the 155-mm self-propelled howitzer.
- Stipend - $100,000
- Health insurance
- Paid relocation
- Professional travel allowance
- Research budget
- Awards are contingent upon the successful completion of a background security investigation.
- One-year appointments are renewable for up to three years based on performance.
- Fellowship appointments require a full-time commitment to the research program at ARL, and Fellows must be in residence at ARL (i.e. conduct their research on site) during the entire period of the appointment. In some cases, ARL may provide for temporary location at another facility (e.g. another federal facility or a facility ARL is working with under the Open Campus effort) to meet the specific needs of the research program.
- Fellows will be required to submit annual progress reports and a final report at the end of the appointment. These reports include an abstract of the research conducted and copies of publications resulting from it. If future papers are published as a result of research performed at ARL, copies must be provided to ARL.
- Fellows will be required to sign and abide by an appointment letter and an ARL IP agreement concerning discoveries, inventions, data, copyrights, and a disclaimer of liability.
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- By the application deadline, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the physical sciences, life sciences, computational sciences, behavioral sciences, or engineering.
- As of the application deadline, applicants may not be more than five years beyond the award date of their Ph.D. or Sc.D.
- There are no citizenship requirements; however, selected fellows must successfully complete a Department of Defense clearance process, requiring a background security investigation.
- Foreign nationals must get further DoD approval, requiring a background investigation.
- Applicants must demonstrate exceptional qualifications with respect to academic and scholarly achievement, as evidenced by research and publication.
- Candidates are expected to have conducted research on a major scientific or engineering problem during their thesis work or have provided a new approach or insight evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.
- Applicants who intend to defend their dissertation after the application deadline are not eligible.
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