Liane B. Russell Fellowship

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The Liane Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship honors Dr. Liane Russell, ORNL’s groundbreaking geneticist, National Academy of Sciences member, prominent conservationist, and strong advocate for women in science.  The Russell Fellowship aims to attract early career scientists who have demonstrated outstanding scientific ability and research interests that align with the core capabilities of ORNL in the biological, environmental, and information sciences. Recipients are expected to conduct research of the highest quality and impact, aim to pursue long-term careers with ORNL, elevate the reputation of the Laboratory, and become scientific leaders in their field. The ORNL Fellowship program is an integral part of ORNL's diversity recruiting effort to attract a diverse workforce of scientists and engineers who will be the scientific leaders of the future. Russell Fellows will have the opportunity to bring new scientific experiences and approaches to understand complex biological and ecological systems and their relationship with the environment, evaluate the consequences of alternative energy and environmental strategies, and develop innovative strategies and technologies that will strengthen the nation's leadership in creating solutions to help sustain the Earth’s natural resources.


Applicants should demonstrate competency in one or more areas of computational biology, genomics, microbial ecology, biophysics and structural biology, environmental and ecosystem sciences, climate change science, environmental assessment, and data systems. The Russell Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity to pursue research within these areas of interest and expertise, collaborate with Laboratory R&D staff and distinguished scientists, and have access to Laboratory expertise, facilities, and programs across diverse scientific disciplines. ORNL hires Russell Fellows as staff associates and aims to retain each Fellow at the Laboratory as a staff member at the end of the three-year Fellowship term if it is mutually desirable for ORNL and the Fellow.  Applicants must have received their doctoral degree before his or her start date and can be no more than five years beyond receiving their doctoral degree at the date of application submission. 

The Wigner, Weinberg and Russell Fellowships are jointly posted as the ORNL Distinguished Staff Fellowship Program. The application window is now open and will close on October 30, 2018. If you are interested, Apply Here! If you have questions, please email


For more information about the Russell Fellowship, contact Paresh Patel - .