Applied Math Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Fellowship ID: ORNL-HOUSEHOLDERFY18 [#11247]
Fellowship Title: Alston S. Householder Fellowship
Fellowship Type: Fellowship or award
Fellowship Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2017/12/15* finished (posted 2017/11/03, finished 2018/06/17, listed until 2017/12/15)
Fellowship Description:    

*** this fellowship has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Alston S. Householder Fellowship

    The Computational & Applied Mathematics (CAM) Group, within the Computer Science and Mathematics (CSM) Division at The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites outstanding candidates to apply for the Alston S. Householder Fellowship in mathematics and scientific computing. This prestigious Fellowship offers an excellent opportunity to conduct exceptional and innovative research in mathematics, statistics and scientific computing, for applications of national priority, utilizing the world’s most powerful extreme scale computing platforms, including TITAN and SUMMIT.  ORNL’s CAM research efforts provide the fundamental mathematical methods and algorithms needed to model complex physical, chemical, and biological systems. ORNL’s computational science research efforts enable scientists to efficiently implement these models at the extreme-­‐scale of computing, and to store, manage, analyze, and visualize the massive amounts of data that result. Finally, ORNL’s statistics research provides the techniques to link the data producers, e.g., supercomputers and large experimental facilities, with the data consumers, i.e., scientists who need the data. Additional information about CAM at ORNL can be found at  The Fellowship honors Dr. Alston S. Householder, founding director of the Mathematics Division (now CSM Division) at ORNL and recognizes his seminal research contributions to the fields of numerical analysis and scientific computing.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Each Householder Fellowship appointment is fully funded for a period of three years for recipients with proven exceptional academic records and achievements, along with formal mentorship and guidance designed to facilitate successful integration and alignment of their research activities within DOE programs.  Recipients are expected to conduct research of the highest quality and impact, elevate the reputation of the Laboratory, and become scientific leaders in their field.  The fellowship offers collaborative research opportunities in active Programs at ORNL, a highly competitive salary, moving expenses, and a generous professional travel allowance.  The selected individual will be mentored by a senior scientist within CAM, but are encouraged to pursue their own research agenda, through access to the most advanced computer architectures, and opportunities to facilitate technology transfer from the laboratory research environment to industry and academia through training of new Mathematicians and computational scientists.

Qualifications Required

  •  Each applicant must be the recipient of an earned doctorate in Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Computational Science or related field and, with rare exceptions, must be no more than five years beyond the highest degree. 
  • A proven academic record of high quality research with clear potential to perform cutting edge, high-impact, and innovative research in applied mathematics, statistics and/or computational science;
  • A rigorous Statement of Research, that provides the significance of your current research as well as the technical background of your proposed research at ORNL;
  • Three Letters of Reference, describing the applicant’s distinct contributions to their field of research, and;
  • The applicant must have a strong background and expertise in more than one area of particular relevance to the ORNL’s computational and applied mathematics program. Principal research areas include:

–    Multi-scale methods, including atomistic‐to-continuum coupling;

–    Computational kinetic theory;

–    Computational fluid dynamics and turbulence;

–    High-dimensional approximation theory;

–    Large-scale iterative methods for linear and eigenvalue problems;

–    Numerical methods for stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs);

–    Uncertainty quantification;

–    Probability theory;

–    Statistical sampling and design of experiments;

–    Combinatorial optimization and graph theory;

–    Computational geometry and mesh generation;

–    Sparse methods for data analytics;

–    High-order continuous and discontinuous methods for PDEs, and

–    Multi-resolution analysis

  • U.S. citizenship and a security clearance are NOT required for this position.


Finalists for the Fellowship will be invited to visit ORNL to present a seminar and visit the area. The selected Fellow must be available to begin the appointment during calendar year 2018. The application process will remain open until December 15, 2017. This appointment is offered through Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

 How to apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to the Householder Fellowship posting in order to be considered.

All applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with the online application and email a Statement of Research (using directions below) to The Statement of Research should provide the significance of your current research as well as the technical background of your proposed research at ORNL.

Also, you are responsible for requesting three (3) recommendation letters from your references, and all references should submit their letters directly to References should be individuals you have known for at least 1 year.  Letters should be written on official letterhead, and each letter and form must be signed with a handwritten signature and sent to Please have your references address their letters to the “Distinguished Fellowship Committee”. To ensure proper receipt, please ask your references to use a subject line with your name included.

Statement of Research Directions

Please follow the below guidelines to submit a research statement for the Alston S. Householder Fellowship. All research statements are limited to two (2) pages not including references.

Input Research Statement Title:

1. Your Name as Principal Investigator:

2. A grand challenge idea: Summarize the scientific/technical idea you would like to pursue.

3. Significance: Explain why this problem is significant and its relationship to ORNL and introduce your specific approach for addressing this problem.

4. Research Plan:

                a. Provide a brief overview of your research plan and your specific objectives

                b. For each objective, address the following:

  1. Describe the scientific hypothese to be tested or technical concepts to be demonstrated to achieve the objective/aim.
  2. Discuss the methods, materials, facilites, protocols to be employed, and techniques for analyzing data and validating results as appropriate.
  3. Describe the expected results and impact (e.g., fundamental breakthroughs, enabling technologies).
  4. Provide a deliverable for each year of the three-year project.

5. Future funding possibilities (if applicable)

Technical Questions

Contact Dr. Clayton Webster ( Please reference the position title when corresponding about this position.

 UT-Battelle is recognized by our employees and the community as an inclusive environment where diversity is valued and individuals and teams are inspired to contribute fully to the organization's success. ORNL is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.


Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the fellowship description.

Further Info:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Rd. MS6164, Oak Ridge, TN 37831

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