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Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in working for Ames Laboratory. Ames Laboratory is a Department of Energy national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory employees are Iowa State University employees, and employment opportunities are posted and filled through the Iowa State University recruitment process.

Therefore, employment opportunities can be found on the Iowa State University job opportunities page.

Director of the Critical Materials Institute

The Director of the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) is responsible for managing, developing, guiding, and advancing the mission of CMI, a Department of Energy Innovation Hub headquartered at Ames Laboratory. The Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated research facility of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and situated on the campus of Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa. CMI is a national, multi-institutional partnership that brings together multi-disciplinary, world-class researchers, and industry partners. This team is dedicated to finding innovative scientific and technical solutions and carving creative, transformational paths to eliminate materials criticality through diversification of supplies; development of substitutes; improvement of usage efficiency, reuse, and recycling; and cross-cutting research. CMI has organized sustained, coordinated, cross-disciplinary efforts to identify urgent problems and is developing short-, intermediate- and long-term solutions across the entire lifecycle of critical materials driving our nation’s energy future.

For more information read the full description or view the posting on the ISU job board.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to

2018 Spedding Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ames Laboratory