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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.

Types of Appointments

Most selected candidates will be offered a Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment. Each year, approximately 30 Postdoctoral Fellow appointments, including the Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows, are awarded.  Initial appointments are for two years, three years for the Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows.

Postdoctoral Research Associates pursue research as part of ongoing LANL science and engineering programs. Funding is provided through programmatic or Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funds. Sponsored postdoctoral candidate packages are reviewed throughout the year.

Fellows

Harold Agnew National Security Postdoctoral Fellows* pursue cutting-edge experi­mental, theoretical, computational science, and engineer­ing research aligned with the national security mission (Research Areas). Sponsored candidate packages will be considered during the May Quarterly Review.

Director's Postdoctoral Fellows collaborate with LANL scientists and engineers on staff-initiated research. Selections are made based on academic and research accomplishments, the strength of the proposed research, as well as their potential impact at the Laboratory. Sponsored candidate packages will be considered during each Quarterly Review.

Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellows in Space and Earth Science pursue 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 (Research Areas). Details regarding the science topics can be found on the Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellowship website.  For more information, contact chick_keller@lanl.gov. Sponsored candidate packages will be considered during each Quarterly Review.

Nicholas C. Metropolis Postdoctoral Fellows* pursue cutting-edge research in the areas of computational and computer science, physics, and engi­neering. 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 (Research Areas). Sponsored candidate packages will be considered during the February Quarterly Review.

G.T. Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellows – Named after the principal or co-discoverer of ten transactinide elements and co-recipient of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, this fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding ability to conduct research and have proposed experimental or theoretical projects that advance the Laboratory’s actinides and nuclear science mission. Further information can be found on the Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellowship website.

Distinguished Fellows

Meet the current Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Postdocs

Candidates must display extraordinary ability in scientific research, potential to impact Laboratory programs and/or ability to establish new capabilities, and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. These fellowships provide the opportunity to collaborate with LANL scientists and engineers on staff-initiated research. 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 Review.

Richard P. Feynman (RPF) Fellow in Theory and Computing* - Named after the famed theoretical physicist and winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics, this fellowship recognizes individuals whose research is in theory or computing.

Darleane Christian Hoffman (DCH) Fellow  -Named after the distinguished Los Alamos nuclear scientist and recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Science, this fellowship recognizes, encourages, and rewards outstanding scientific and engineering contributions by women.

  1. Robert Oppenheimer (JRO) Fellow- Named after the Laboratory’s first Dir­ector, this fellowship recognizes individuals whose research aligns with the Laboratory’s mission.

Frederick Reines (FR) Fellow in Experimental Sciences* - Named after the former LANL researcher who was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physics, this fellow appointment recognizes individuals whose research is in experi­mental sciences.

*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 by early January, with outcome of review in late February

May Review

Sponsored* candidate packages are submitted by early April, with outcome of review in late May

August Review

Sponsored* candidate packages are submitted by 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

* Sponsored means a Los Alamos National Lab staff member/mentor has been identified for the candidate. If a sponsor has not been identified, please submit your application no later than the beginning of the month prior to the deadline to allow sufficient time to identify a mentor.

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.