Alabama 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)

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. 




International Space Weather Camp (ISWC)


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The International Space Weather Camp (ISWC) 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. More than twenty students from Alabama, Germany, South Africa and Italy participate in a multiple week series of lectures, hands-on projects, experiments, and excursions as they learn
both the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of Space Weather and solar and space physics.


Additional Opportunities

The Magnetized Plasma Research Laboratory in the Physics Department at Auburn University announces the availability of a Research Scientist / Research Professor position. A successful candidate in this position will have a variety of responsibilities including: overseeing the design, operation, and diagnosis of low-temperature rf and dc-generated plasma experiments including in-situ probes, optical diagnostic tools (e.g., laser-induced fluorescence, spectroscopy, high-speed imaging, particle image velocimetry, etc.), leading studies that focus on the transport and stability of plasmas containing nanoparticles and microparticles (i.e., dusty plasmas), studies of plasma-surface interactions. Experiments will be performed using a range of tabletop plasma devices, the Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment – a high magnetic field, multi-user research facility, and the ALEXIS linear plasma device at Auburn University. The candidate will be expected to work closely with the group’s technical personnel, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, as well as assisting with collaborative activities associated with the MRPL. The candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development of ongoing research proposals as well as developing new research directions by developing their own research proposals.

We are seeking applications from individuals with a Ph.D. physics or closely related fields at the time employment begins. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment, and must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.  Review of applications will begin July 15th and continue until the position is filled. The contact person for this activity is Prof. Edward Thomas, Jr. (

Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a postdoc for their Fusion Group with a background of Experimental Plasma Physics. Click here for more information.

The Physics Department at Auburn University invites applications for a post-doctoral research fellow to support the development of emission spectroscopy-based diagnostics for low-temperature plasmas. Click here for more information.

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.


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.  

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