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THE 20TH LOS ALAMOS DYNAMICS SUMMER SCHOOL (LADSS) June 3 – August 9, 2019

Applications accepted beginning Oct. 1, 2018

Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019

Questions/inquiries email: ladss@lanl.gov

Document submission email: ladss@lanl.gov

Acceptance notifications sent Jan. 20, 2019

Contact: Sarah Balkey, ladss@lanl.gov or 505-667-8777

We are currently soliciting applicants for the 20th Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School. The Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School focuses a select group of students on the multi-disciplinary field of dynamics, spanning electrical, mechanical, structural and cyber-physical systems*. The students’ research will be applied to creating solutions to Los Alamos National Laboratory mission-relevant problems defined by LANL R&D engineers and scientists. In addition to this research component, the LADSS also offers formal technical and career–development tutorials.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Students should download the application form and demographic forms from our website, http://ladss.lanl.gov. Then, email the following documents to ladss@lanl.gov.

1. Application form

2. Resume

3. One-page cover letter describing your interest in this summer school and multi-disciplinary dynamic systems research as well as your near term (1-3 year) academic and professional goals

4. Complete transcripts

5. At least one letter of recommendation

6. OPTIONAL – Demographic self-identification forms

 

PROJECTS

The students will be placed into 3-person multi-disciplinary teams, assigned a research activity to be completed in an intense 10-week time frame, and partnered with a LANL staff member as a mentor. The projects typically have a modeling, experimental, and analysis component. The goal is for the students to produce results and document their activities in a manner suitable for reporting at professional conferences. The students will prepare a paper for and present their research results at an international conference.

TUTORIALS

Students will participate in weekly tutorials on various aspects of dynamic system engineering and cyber-physical systems such as signal processing, modeling dynamic systems, system identification, embedded systems, model validation, nonlinear systems, and machine learning. In most cases the students will apply the material presented in these tutorials to their respective projects. In addition to the research-focused tutorials, students are presented with professional development lectures that cover applying to graduate school and applying for graduate fellowships. Over the past twelve years, 56 former LADSS students have competed for and won highly competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation and National Defense graduate fellowships.

STUDENTS

The program is designed for 21 upper-division (rising Senior) undergraduate students or firstyear graduate students. High-quality students from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds are sought to participate. Acceptance into the program is based on academic record and letters of recommendation. As a general guideline, students should have sufficient academic achievement that they are, or will be, eligible for graduate school. A variety of academic disciplines are being sought, including computer science, aerospace / mechanical / nuclear / electrical / civil engineering, and mathematics / statistics. In lieu of salaries, the students will be provided with a fellowship that is intended to also cover relocation and housing expenses. Fellowship amounts range from $7,500 to $11,500, depending on academic status and the point of origin for the student’s travel to LANL. This program is limited to US citizens.

 

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Idaho State University seeks to develop an interdisciplinary community of scholars who will build and sustain educational and research excellence in technology and its energy applications. This effort is central to a polytechnic initiative funded by the State of Idaho and Idaho State University (ISU) in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and other key industry and educational partners in Eastern Idaho. ISU plans to hire a cluster of five faculty members whose proven capabilities complement INL’s emphasis on the generation, distribution and security of electric power. These faculty will be key to creating a new, interdisciplinary polytechnic center of excellence in the Intermountain/Pacific Northwest as ISU builds capacity and opportunity in engineering and affiliated disciplines.

Applicants from the fields of electrical engineering, computer engineering, cybersecurity, computer science and data science are encouraged to apply. Subject matter expertise in energy-relevant areas of informatics, cybersecurity and smart-grid technology are of particular interest. Applications are for tenure track or tenured positions at the rank of assistant or associate professor in the College of Science and Engineering. The positions will be located at ISU’s campus in Idaho Falls which is adjacent to the Idaho National Laboratory.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant discipline, with post-doctoral experience preferred
  • For Assistant Professor applicants:
    • Demonstrated interest in and aptitude for undergraduate and graduate education
    • Strong potential for extramural funding for research related to INL’s mission and capabilities
  • For Associate Professor applicants:
    • Demonstrated experience in teaching and training of students
    • Funded collaborative research
    • Academic leadership

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to be granted access to restricted facilities of the United States government
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary collaboration or willingness to engage in such
  • Professional industry experience
  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Valid work permits

 

Detailed information about the position and ISU’s profile can be found at http://apptrkr.com/1335609.

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATION

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. Applications received by January 15, 2019, will be given full consideration. Send a letter of application; curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five professional references. Calls to references will occur later in the search process and only with prior notification of candidates. All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (.pdf or MS Word format preferred) to: ISUFacultyCOSE@academic-search.com. The committee is assisted by Dr. Wanda Durrett Bigham, Senior Consultant, who can be reached at wdb@academic-search.com.