Archives for April 13, 2016

Internships in federal agencies

INFOpaper: Federal Pathways Program

Fort Leonard Wood Liaison (tuppers@mst.edu 573-329-8515)

Reference: Hiring Authorities Students & Recent Graduates

The Federal Government overcomes a competitive disadvantage compared to other sectors in recruiting and hiring students and recent graduates via Executive Order 13562, “Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent Graduates”.

The order establishes programs, collectively the Pathways Programs. (a) Internship Program is for current students (b) Recent Graduates Program for people who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs (2 years from the date the graduate completed an academic course of study) and (c) Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program for people who obtained an advanced degree (e.g., graduate or professional degree) within the preceding two years.

Of primary concern to the S&T campus is the Internship Program designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. Administration of the program is via USAJobs. Steps are straightforward:

  • Find a job that suits you at USAJobs [e.g. Student Trainee (Interdisciplinary) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • If you don’t already have an account at USAJobs create a new account.
  • Apply for the job.
  • Interview – accept an offer.
  • Sign a Participant Agreement that sets forth the expectations for the internship.

Postdocs in federal labs

INFOpaper: Postdocs in federal programs

Fort Leonard Wood Liaison (tuppers@mst.edu 573-329-8515)

Reference: Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

Postdoc fellowships and research positions are available at national labs and federal research facilities nationwide. This program gives the labs an infusion of talented scientists who have recently completed their Ph.D. in a science or engineering discipline. For a postdoc researcher these positions make an excellent start to a career at a national laboratory or provide several years’ experience before an academic appointment.

Federal agencies manage their programs via contract administrators.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) covers DOE, CDC, FDA, EPA, DOT, USDA, ONI, HHS, DHS, and US Army.

The National Academies of Science – Engineering – Medicine (NRC) cover DoD agencies and several others. There is some overlap with ORAU.

Here is a humorous view of the postdoc world from Science Magazine.

Spotlight: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT (OSE3

Office creates strategic partnerships by promoting the exceptional faculty expertise, state-of-the-art research and demonstration facilities, and innovative campus sustainability activities.

see OSE3 website

Spotlight: VRAM Lab

Laboratory conducts research aimed at meeting some of the major technical challenges of rapid product realization.

Visit the labs website.

five-year project to perform material analysis for the selective laser melting

see eNews article

A team of Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers is collaborating with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies in Kansas City, Missouri on a five-year project to perform material analysis for the selective laser melting (SLM) process in metal powder bed. Dr. Ming Leu, Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Distinguished Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing and the director of the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri S&T, is leading a team of seven other Missouri S&T professors on the project.

Guest Lecture: The Difficulties of Data Collection under Extreme Conditions

see eNews article

Dr. James Cochran, professor of statistics and Rogers-Spivey Faculty Fellow at the University of Alabama

4 p.m. Friday, April 22

140 Toomey Hall

Missouri S&T’s office of sponsored programs distinguished research seminar series

Extreme DoS Defense (XD3)

see PIVOT notice

Abstract
DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of resilient defenses against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on computer networks. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

The XD3 program considers three broad areas of opportunity to improve resilience against DDoS attacks, as summarized in Table 1. Each of these opportunities addresses a common aspect of current cyber infrastructure that inherently limits our ability to defend against DDoS attacks. In general, the program aims to thwart DDoS attacks by dispersing cyber assets (physically and/or logically), disguising the characteristics and behaviors of those assets, and mitigating the attacks (especially lowâ€volume attacks) that still penetrate the targeted environment.

The overriding objective of the XD3 program is to produce the best possible technologies for enabling resilience against DDoS attacks. To this end, the Government intends XD3 to be a collaborative program in which all performers (both within and across TAs) constructively interact with one another. To facilitate the open exchange of information, performers may have an Associate Contractor Agreement (ACA) clause included in their award (see Section VIII.C). This clause is intended to ensure appropriate coordination and potential integration of work done by the XD3 performers. Once selections have been made, selectees should have their ACAs in place prior to the first program kick off meeting.

Computer Media Forensics (MediFor)

Abstract

The overriding objective of the MediFor program is to produce the best possible technologies to advance the field of media forensics. To this end, DARPA intends MediFor to be a collaborative program in which all performers (within and across Technical Areas) constructively interact with one another. To facilitate the open exchange of information, performers may have an associate contractor agreement (ACA) clause included in their award (see Section VIII.B). This clause is intended to ensure appropriate coordination and potential integration of work done by the MediFor performers. Once selections have been made, selectees should have their ACAs in place prior to the first program kick off meeting.

A key goal of the program is to establish an open, standard-based, multisource, plug-and-play architecture that allows for interoperability and integration. This goal includes the ability to easily add, remove, substitute, and modify software and hardware components. Rapid innovation will be facilitated by providing a base for future users or developers of program technologies and deliverables. Therefore, DARPA desires that all noncommercial software (including source code), software documentation, hardware designs and documentation, and technical data generated by the program be provided as deliverables to the Government with a minimum of Government purpose rights (GPR), as lesser rights may adversely affect the lifecycle costs of affected items, components, or processes.

It is anticipated that the MediFor program will consist of three phases:
Phase 1 will be 24 months long, and Phases 2 and 3 will each be 12 months long. MediFor Technical Areas (TAs) will be as follows and are described in detail further below.
* TA1 – Integrity Analytics Research and Development
– TA1.1 – Digital Integrity
– TA1.2 – Physical Integrity
– TA1.3 – Semantic Integrity
* TA2 – Integrity Reasoning Engine and MediFor Console Development
* TA3 – Media Resource Development: Corpora Creation, Manipulation, and Annotations

Innovative Vacuum Electronics Science and Technology (INVEST)

see PIVOT notice

Abstract
The DARPA Microsystems Technology Office is soliciting fundamental research proposals in the area of vacuum electronics science and technology. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches to modeling,advanced manufacturing, theory and design of components, and other focus areas that enable revolutionary advances in vacuum electron devices at millimeter wave (mm-wave) frequencies above 75 GHz. Specifically excluded are efforts that primarily result in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

Make-It

see PIVOT notice

Abstract
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of research related to the development of an automated chemical synthesizer that can produce, purify,characterize and scale a wide range of small molecules. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices and/or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.

The Make-It program will specifically address the development of an automated end-to-end system that includes capabilities for (i) computational analysis and design of synthetic pathways, (ii) a reagent/starting material delivery mechanism, and (iii) interconnected fluidic modules for synthesis and in-line monitoring, purification and formulation. A successful Make-It system will demonstrate maximal synthetic flexibility using a minimal set of modules by synthesizing several organic small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), including in-line formulation of one API to yield a finished drug product, as well as synthesizing a series of DARPA-defined small molecule challenge targets. DARPA anticipates that Make-It will completely overhaul the current workflow for chemical design, synthesis and scale-up.