AL Plasma Internship Program (ALPIP)


The AL Plasma Internship Program (ALPIP) is a partnership with the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL) that provides undergraduate students with a combination of scientific training and research experiences at PPPL for one week followed by a hands-on research experience at a CPU2AL institution for nine weeks. During the first week at PPPL, students will be part of a larger national plasma science student cohort, learn about opportunities in plasma science, and be exposed to the research environment of the national laboratory. 

Alabama Research Experience for Undergraduates (ALREU)

The NSF EPSCoR CPU2AL project intends to support 4 interns for the summer of 2019 under the Alabama Research Experiences for Undergraduates (ALREU). The ALREU program is a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate students enrolled at HBCU institutions in Alabama that are part of the CPU2AL project. The main goal of the program is to attract undergraduate students from HBCUs to research and graduate programs in Alabama. The ALREU program is envisioned to run in parallel to NSF REU programs at the different institutions.

Corporate Internship Program on Plasma Technology Applications (CIPPTA)

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This program provides undergraduate and graduate students with internship opportunities with AL companies to learn about industrial plasma technology applications and prepare them for transition into the AL workforce. For more information, visit the CIPPTA webpage.




Graduate Research Assistantships

gra brochureThe CPU2AL project provides financial support to selected graduate students involved in hands-on research on low-temperature plasmas at CPU2AL institutions. For more information, visit the Graduate Research Assistantships web page. 




 Joint Space Weather Summer Camp (JSWSC)

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The Joint Space Weather Summer Camp (JSWSC) is an opportunity to learn about space physics in the context of meeting a very practical need -- to understand the influence of the Sun on the space and upper atmosphere of the Earth and its related impact on the technological systems and needs of modern society. Over twenty students from Alabama, Northern Germany, South Africa and Italy participate in a multiple week series of lectures, hands-on projects and experiments and excursions as they learn both the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of Space Weather and solar and space physics.

 Alabama Research Exchange (ALRX)

This program provides financial support to junior and senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs from CPU2AL institutions to spend extended periods (up to three months) conducting research at different CPU2AL institutions for cross-training and expertise sharing between partner institutions. Funds are for travel and housing only and should not include stipends.

Students and postdocs interested in using these funds should work with their home and host institutional mentors to prepare and submit a request to The request should include the following:

  • Description of the purpose of the trip
  • Budget
  • Names of a mentor at the home institution and a mentor at the host institution (both mentors should be copied in the request)

Additional Opportunities

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU). The candidate would work in the area of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment of agricultural produce and products with a focus on determining the mode of action. For more information, click here.

Alabama State University is seeking applications for Summer 2019 REU program on "NanoBioengineering". For more information check out the webpage.

Application Deadline: March 10, 2019


DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program provides supplemental awards for Ph.D. students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory for 3 to 12 consecutive months. The program accepts applications twice a year with deadlines in May and November. Benefits include a stipend of $3000 per month and reimbursement for transportation costs to and from the laboratories. The goal of the program is preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.  

Detailed information about the program can be found here


Past Opportunities

The University of Alabama REU program in Fluid Mechanics with Analysis Using Computations and Experiments is housed in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. This program spans 10 weeks and offers opportunities for up to 10 students from UA and other institutions across the nation.

Early Bird Deadline: Feb. 17, 2018

Final Application Deadline: March 5, 2018

The University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center are accepting applications for the Summer 2018 program on "Heliophysics". For more information visit their website.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2018

The Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville is currently seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant III. This researcher, funded by the NSF EPSCoR project Connecting the Plasma Universe to Plasma Technology in Alabama (CPU2AL) , will undertake research in the general field of Low-Temperature Plasma (LTP) physics in the context of solar and space physics, as well as in developing theoretical and computational models that describe complex LTP plasma (including the role of dust).

The University of Alabama at Birmingham National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) "Regional Initiative to Promote Undergraduate Participation in Experimental and Computational Materials Research"

Deadline: April 1, 2018

National Science Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Masters and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The program provides up to three years of graduate education support, including an annual $34,000 stipend.

Applications for Mathematical Sciences topics are due October 26, 2018.
The program solicitation contains full details. 

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF)

The NSTRF program accepts proposals from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Recipients will perform innovative space technology research and will improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing the Nation with a pipeline of innovative space technologies.  Successful NSTRF proposals result in grant awards. The maximum amount of an NSTRF grant is $80,000 per year, including an annual $36,000 student stipend and allowances for faculty, tuition, health insurance, and visiting technologist experience. Applications for the fall of 2019 are due on November 1, 2018. Detailed program solicitation information can be found here.

Past Faculty Positions 

The UAB Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position (experiment) that will enhance the Department’s multi-year program on Advanced Materials Physics and Spectroscopies. Research areas of interest include but are not limited to, advanced control and characterization of complex and quantum materials and plasmas, laser-matter and ultrafast interactions, and properties of materials under extreme and nonequilibrium conditions. The new faculty member will also be a part of an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional program supported by NSF EPSCoR. She/he must have an outstanding publication record and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and in supervising research at both graduate and undergraduate levels. We particularly welcome applicants from groups
underrepresented in the physical sciences, such as women, black/African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and  Hispanic/Latino scholars. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 


Application Procedure: Full consideration will be given to all applications received by December 1 that include: (i) short letter clearly explaining the applicant’s research and extramural funding  ideas and his/her experiences and qualifications relevant to this position, (ii) full curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of planned and past research projects, (iv) brief description of teaching and mentoring interests and philosophy, (v) three or more reference letters. For more information, please contact the chair of the search committee Prof. Yogesh Vohra,

The UAH Department of Space Science is seeking an outstanding scientist and teacher to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position in the field of low-temperature plasma (LTP) science, broadly defined. This is the first of three positions that will be filled in this general area over the next three years, all of which are expected to support and complement a recently awarded National Science Foundation Established Program in Support of Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant in low-temperature plasma physics. Within the general field of LTP science, areas of particular interest to the Department include solar physics, interplanetary and heliospheric physics, magnetospheric physics, physics of the very local interstellar medium, dusty and/or complex plasma, gas discharge physics, and plasma interactions with soft and/or hard matter. For more information and how to apply, click hereReviewing of applicants will begin by January 18. 2019.