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Postdoc Appointment Types

Most postdocs will be offered a postdoctoral research associate appointment. Each year, approximately 30 Postdoctoral Fellow appointments, including the Distinguished Fellows, are awarded.

Call for Applications due November 1st - University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Call for Applications (pdf)

Postdoc appointment types offer world of possibilities

Meet the current LANL Distinguished Postdocs

Research Associates

  • Research Associates pursue research as part of ongoing LANL science and engineering programs. Sponsored postdoctoral candidate packages are reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee throughout the year.

Fellows

  • Director's Fellows collaborate with LANL scientists and engineers on staff-initiated research. Selections are made based on academic and research accomplishments and the strength and potential impact of the proposed research. Sponsored candidate packages will be considered during each quarterly review.
  • Agnew National Security Fellows pursue cutting-edge experimental, theoretical, computational science, and engineering research aligned with the national security mission. For more information, see Identified Research Areas (pdf). Open to persons with the ability to obtain a DOE "Q" security clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship. Sponsored candidate packages will be considered during the May quarterly review.
  • Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellow in Space and Earth Science, for cutting-edge experimental, theoretical, computational, and engineering research covering one of the four Center for Space and Earth Science (CSES) Science Disciplines: Astrophysics and Cosmology, Space Science, Solid Earth Geoscience and Climate Science, see Identified Research Areas (pdf). For more information, please contact chick_keller@lanl.gov. Sponsored candidate packages will be reviewed during each quarterly review.
  • Nicholas C. Metropolis Fellows pursue cutting-edge research in the areas of computational and computer science, physics, and engineering. Under the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program, computer simulation capabilities are developed in support of the stockpile stewardship program together with broader national nuclear security needs. Selected candidates will have access to the most powerful supercomputers in the world. For more information, see Identified Research Areas (pdf). Sponsored candidate packages will be considered during the February quarterly review.
  • G.T. Seaborg Fellow – This Fellowship is named after the principal or co-discoverer of ten transactinide elements and co-recipient of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Awarded individuals have demonstrated outstanding ability to conduct research and have proposed experimental or theoretical projects that advance the Laboratory’s actinides and nuclear science mission. Open to all nationalities.

Distinguished Fellows

Distinguished Fellows must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. These fellowships provide the opportunity to collaborate with LANL scientists and engineers on staff-initiated research. Appointments are for three years. Sponsored candidates' packages will be reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee during the January quarterly meeting. To be considered for one of the Distinguished Fellow appointments, candidates must be nominated and sponsored by a member of the Lab's technical staff. Sponsored candidate packages will be reviewed during the December Quarterly meeting.

  • Richard P. Feynman (RPF) Fellow in Theory and Computing - This Fellowship, named after the famed theoretical physicist and winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics, recognizes individuals whose research is in theory or computing and who have demonstrated outstanding ability in research. Candidates must have the ability to obtain a DOE "Q" security clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Darleane Christian Hoffman (DCH) - This fellow appointment, named after the distinguished Los Alamos nuclear scientist and recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Science, recognizes, encourages, and rewards outstanding scientific and engineering contributions by women.
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer (JRO) Fellow - This Fellowship, named after the Laboratory's first Director, recognizes individuals whose research aligns with the Laboratory's mission and who have demonstrated outstanding ability in research. Open to all nationalities and research areas aligned with the Laboratory's mission.
  • Frederick Reines (FR) Fellow in Experimental Sciences - This Fellowship, named after the former LANL researcher who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics, recognizes individuals whose research is in experimental sciences and who have demonstrated outstanding ability in research. Candidates must have the ability to obtain a DOE "Q" security clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship.

Postdoc application review schedule and deadlines

February Review Sponsored candidate packages are submitted in early January, with outcome of review in late February
May Review Sponsored candidate packages are submitted in early April, with outcome of review in late May
August Review

Sponsored candidate packages are submitted in early July, with outcome of review in late August

December Review Sponsored candidate packages are submitted in late October, with outcome of review in mid December

Partnership Appointments:

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.

UC-Affiliated National Laboratory partners

In 2012, the UC-Affiliated National Labs joined in a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), coupled with mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities. The UC-Affiliated National Labs seek Ph.D. recipients with the potential to contribute to diversity and equal opportunity science and technology through their research careers. The program is particularly interested in candidates with the potential for research and public service informed by the perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in science and technology fields.

Applicants for President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships at one of the UC-Affiliated National Laboratories must submit an online application through the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application system. For general questions about the UC-Affiliated National Laboratories President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, please email ppf_nationallabs@lanl.gov


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