Air Temperature and Various Heights above Roof Surfaces with Varying Reflectivity - Student
Auburn, AL
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
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How to Apply

Components of the online application are as follows:
Profile Information
Educational and Employment History
Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the opportunity)
Resume (PDF)
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All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.


The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) focuses on technologies applied to the civil engineer mission encompassing, among others, pavements, materials, soils, matting systems, infrastructure protection, system control, and energy. For more information, go to

The selected participant will collaborate with AFCEC on research that focuses on the effects of reflective roofing on adjacent building components and equipment. Cool roofs attempt to lower the temperature of the roof surface so that the interior can be cooled using less energy. The surface of dark, especially black, are significantly hotter than ambient temperature. Lighter color membranes are less hot, and white is the coolest color. A reason is that it is reflective. This project will investigate if that reflectivity has any effect on air and adjacent surface temperatures within about 4 feet of the surface. The participant will collaborate in the project design, experimental approach, collection and analysis of data, and critical interpretation of results to provide meaningful conclusions relevant to the understanding of advanced airfield pavement systems.

Appointment Length

This appointment is a twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by AFCEC. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
Relocation Allowance
Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


Candidates shall have completed at least the majority of undergraduate courses in an engineering curriculum with emphasis on energy conservation or HVAC. Courses on thermodynamics or other courses of similar content are important.

A GPA of at least 3.0 is required.

Candidates shall be attending Auburn University (College of Engineering) and have access to the university resources and facilities.

Eligibility Requirements
Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree to be received by 12/31/2021 11:59:00 PM.
Overall GPA: 3.00

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