Cyclotron Road Applied Research Fellows

2015-2016 Applied Research Fellow Samuel Hanson (B.S. polymer chemistry, University of Southern Mississippi) at his fume hood in the Molecular Foundry.

2015-2016 Applied Research Fellow Samuel Hanson (B.S. polymer chemistry, University of Southern Mississippi) at his fume hood in the Molecular Foundry.

Cyclotron Road provides a home for top entrepreneurial researchers developing hard materials and manufacturing innovations that are too early to pursue in the private sector. Our goal is to help these projects achieve focused technology development objectives in a discrete period of time to facilitate the transition from lab to market.

The program presents an exceptional platform for the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in advanced energy technologies.

The Cyclotron Road Applied Research Fellowship Program provides a mentored opportunity for pre-doctoral scientists and engineers to apply their education in support of a commercially oriented R&D project. Through participation in this program, participants will:

  • Work directly on a mentored R&D project with one of our third cohort of companies.
  • Apply their scientific and engineering expertise to help solve critical technical development challenges identified by Cyclotron Road projects.
  • Gain deep insight into applied R&D and technology commercialization through educational programming and hands-on experience.
  • Help develop innovative technologies that have the potential to positively impact the US economy, environment, and society.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree held for less than five years in a field of science, engineering, or other highly quantitative field such as mathematics.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have Permanent Resident (Green Card) status, if a foreign national.
  • Post-doctoral candidates are not eligible for this program

Ideal candidates will:

  • Have shown superior academic performance
  • Have a strong technical background and practical experience working in a lab
  • Enjoy challenging conventional wisdom to seek innovative solutions
  • Think independently from first principles to solve difficult problems
  • Have strong analytical, research and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Thrive in a fast-paced startup environment by readily adapting to changing needs
  • Work well in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team
  • Be interested in translating research into a commercial product
  • Have a passion for making a positive impact in global energy use

Other important information:

  • Although located at Cyclotron Road in Berkeley, this program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in collaboration with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. Fellows will become administratively associated with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through a signed letter of appointment.
  • This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran's status.

Stipend and benefits:

Selected participants will receive a stipend as support for their living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by DOE officials and are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. Fellows will also be eligible to receive a health insurance allowance and reimbursement for travel expenses. Because this is an educational fellowship, the stipend includes an allowance for conference attendance and travel.

Start date and term length:

Selected participants will be working as affiliates at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Fellows are expected to begin their appointment in early September 2017. Slight adjustments to the start date may be considered on a case by case basis. Appointments are for exactly one year from the start date.

Review criteria:

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic and research record, interest and opportunity for educational growth in applying their technical skills and knowledge to a Cyclotron Road project, and potential for making contributions to the project for which they are applying. Project Leads for each available project opportunity (contact information below) will be asked to submit a letter of endorsement for individual candidates to the Cyclotron Road program team. Review of applications and endorsements will be conducted by the Cyclotron Road team and final selections will be made by the DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, the sponsor of the program.


how to apply

1. Review program description and eligibility requirements above

2. Review project opportunities below. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Project Leads for specific opportunities to indicate their interest in applying.

3. Click here* to submit an application for up to three specific project opportunities of interest

*By clicking on the link above you will be directed to a form to submit your application. If you encounter any problems with this form, or have questions about the application process, please email beth [at] cyclotronroad [dot] org. 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED on a rolling basis BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 16TH. PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN THEIR APPOINTMENTS IN EARLY SEPTEMBER 2017.


Project Opportunities

  1. Astrileux – Next generation semiconductors

  2. Dauntless – Machine learning for Energy Applications

  3. Treau - Thermodynamics things for building heating and cooling


astrileux - Next generation semiconductors

Astrileux is a rapidly growing next generation semiconductor company. The successful applicant will characterize new nanoscale materials using world class facilities at LBNL, ALS Beamline and Center for X-ray Optics, and the LBL Molecular Foundry, helping to integrate them in the next three generations of technology (7 nm node) at the leading edge of the semiconductor industry. We hope to provide the candidate with an exciting opportunity to be part of an early stage company with great market impact, and a chance to see their work implemented at forefront of science, and globally proliferated in a dynamic next-generation industry.

Astrileux is the winner of the 2016 Materials Research Society iMatSci Competition and the winners of the Semicon West 2015 Innovation Award. Astrileux is also working with CASIS, managers of the International Space Station on projects relating to electronics manufacture in space.

As an Applied Research Fellow, you will:

  • Work in state of the art nano-characterization facilities, and other measurement laboratories at LBNL using high end characterization tools and the synchrotron beamline.
  • Perform characterization measurements using TEM/SEM/AFM and spectral measurements at the synchrotron.
  • Execute data analysis, including business presentations for customers, and other related business operations activities

We are looking for:

The ideal candidate will be an outstanding research/industry oriented engineer/scientist who desires an exciting opportunity measuring new nanoscale devices at 10 nm and smaller. They are a highly motivated individual, and self-starter, with a desire to achieve high value results. In particular, they will have:

  • Strong experience with one or more Nanocharacterization tools e.g. TEM/SEM/XRD/XPS/AFM/Spectral measurements, including sample preparation and data analysis.
  • Experience with Nanofabrication equipment, working in a clean room is preferred.
  • Master’s degree Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Material Science/Physics/Engineering is preferred, but we will also consider applications from strong candidates with B.S degrees.
  • Strong communication skills, especially in data presentation and analysis.

Project Lead contact information:

Supriya Jaiswal (info [at] astrileux [dot] com)

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dauntless - Machine learning for Energy Applications

At Dauntless.io we believe Machine Learning (ML) is the key to solving many complex energy challenges society faces today.  To realize ML’s potential, we’re building a collaborative platform that connects ML to real-world energy systems, with target applications that span a spectrum from advanced combustion to nuclear fusion.  Our focus is on making ML technology easy-to-use, in the control loop, and fast (response times needed for some energy applications are on the order of 5-100 microseconds).  A two-minute demo of our technology applied to near chaotic combustion that’s ~20% more efficient than conventional combustion is available at http://ml.dauntless.io.

As an Applied Research Fellow, you will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with researchers at Berkeley Lab on a variety of energy applications
  • Developing advanced machine learning algorithms for real-time control
  • Building the software / hardware tools needed to connect to real-world energy systems
  • Running modeling and control experiments on target applications

We are looking for:

Candidates should have a B.S. or M.S. in control systems, computer science, electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, data science, or similar fields.  Candidates with a background in computer programming using real-time C / C++, assembly code, JavaScript, and/or GPUs are preferred.  Experience designing and building embedded electronics is a plus.

Project Lead contact information:

Adam Vaughan (adam [at] dauntless [dot] io)

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treau - Thermodynamics things for building heating and cooling

Treau is using polymer films to create heat exchangers, compressors, expanders, and various thermodynamic cycles and systems which use them. We currently have two areas of focus. First, we have invented heat exchangers that have equivalent performance with 90% less cost than traditional heat exchangers, in order to make space heating and cooling twice as efficient. Second, we have invented a compressor/expander which operates very near to the isothermal limit (state-of-the-art devices operate near the adiabatic limit).  This ability enables us to create a compressor that uses up to 50% less energy than a state-of-the-art device.

As an Applied Research Fellow, you will be responsible for:

  • Designing and building prototypes
  • Designing and running experiments
  • Performing data analysis and failure analysis
  • Performance modeling
  • System analysis
  • Customer research
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Manufacturing and process development

We are looking for:  

Candidates should have a B.S. or M. S. in mechanical engineering, chemistry, materials science, manufacturing, business, architecture, or similar. Candidates with experience in CAD, heat transfer, HVAC, polymer processing, or thermodynamics are preferred.

Project Lead contact information:

Vince Romanin (Vince [at] otherlab [dot] com)

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