Northeastern University - U.S. Army Research Laboratory Research Associateship For Advanced, High-Strength Materials Research

This doctoral degree program fellowship in the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern University features a U.S. Army Research Laboratory research associateship appointment administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).  The research seeks to understand and transcend the molecular processes that limit the design and optimization of advanced, high-strength polymeric materials for protective, personnel armor. Collaborative, multi-disciplinary computational and experimental approaches are taken to optimize molecular structure and materials processing to achieve a step change in performance.

Benefits: The initial appointment is typically for one year and may be renewed for up to three additional years based upon recommendation of the Army Research Lab and subject to availability of funds. Government pay scale increases with continual experience and academic accomplishment. The entry-level annual stipend with a BS degree is over $61K and with an MS degree is over $74K. Benefits include: annual stipend, tuition and fees, health insurance, inbound travel and moving expenses reimbursed according to established policies, professional travel and other costs for training related to the project reimbursed and approved by ORAU and ARL.

About RAP-ARL: The Research Associateship Program (RAP) for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) provides opportunities for fellows to participate in ARL’s on-going research projects for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs by pursuing scientific research and technological developments in diverse fields such as: applied mathematics, materials science, digital/optical signal processing, nanotechnology, material science and technology, multifunctional technology, combustion processes, and computational and information sciences. Fellows have the opportunity to perform research on topics of interest to the U.S. Government and to interact with leading scientists across universities and other government agencies covering a broad research community. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet government decision-makers and learn directly from them about the role of scientific research in addressing complex, real-world (i.e., operational) needs. Furthermore, fellows have the opportunity to learn how research products transition from the proof-of-concept stage to integrated production systems.

Application: U.S. citizens may apply by sending: 1. Contact information: name, address, email address, and phone number; 2. Resume: all publications and presentations, accomplishments in scientific and/or service projects; 3. Transcripts: last academic institution(s) attended with classes taken and degree(s) earned;  4. References: three names, each with email and phone number, for those familiar with your professional and/or academic qualifications;  to Prof. Steve Lustig ( 

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