Physical Sciences Directorate

Opportunities for Employment, Students/Faculty, and Fellowships

Choosing a career? Consider coming to ORNL! Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory. As an international leader in a range of scientific areas that support the Department of Energy’s mission, ORNL has six major mission roles: neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology, materials science at the nanoscale, and national security. With funding in excess of $1 billion and a staff of four thousand, we are one of the world's foremost research centers and one of the United States' largest national laboratories.

In addition, ORNL is located in a beautiful section of the country – in between the Great Smoky and Cumberland Mountains. We have nationally ranked public schools and a low cost of living. For more information about the surrounding area and living near ORNL, go to either website below and click on “Life After Work.”

For more information about working at ORNL and to find an open position, please visit our web site at: To find Postdoc positions, look under “Additional Opportunities” or go straight to

For Students (from pre-college to post-grad) and Educators: check out Educational and Research Experiences at ORNL. ORNL has a long history in linking with academia, and last summer over 350 students and faculty came to ORNL to get hands on research experience, in addition to those who came during the year. There are a variety of programs available, with durations ranging from 2-10 weeks for pre-college students, 2-12 months for all other students, and from 2 weeks to a 6-12 months sabbatical program for faculty. ORNL educational opportunities for both students and faculty are managed by The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). For more information regarding these opportunities please look under “Additional Opportunities” at, or go to