Joint Faculty Appointments

Solving the grand scientific and engineering challenges requires bringing together the best teams. The ORNL Joint Faculty Program allows ORNL and universities alike to attract the most talented researchers from academia to work in collaboration with each other. ORNL has agreements in place with more than 50 universities to engage highly recognized researchers as joint faculty appointees between the two institutions, thereby enhancing the scientific excellence and breadth of collaborative research programs of interest to the universities and ORNL. Each joint faculty appointee has a principal appointment at either the university or ORNL and a joint appointment at the partner institution. Typically the position at a university will be a tenured, tenure-track, or research professional position within a department, and the position at ORNL will be as professional staff, research associate, or research professor. The UT-ORNL Tennessee Governor’s Chair Program is an illustrious implementation of a joint faculty program between ORNL and UT designed to attract exceptionally accomplished researchers from across the nation to pursue knowledge that will lead to solving our biggest problems. For further information on the Joint Faculty Program contact: Moody Altamimi, Director, Office of Research Excellence at or 865.576.7777 Lisa Brown, Joint Faculty Program Manager at or 865.576.8600