LANL Postdoc Programs
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.
- Research Associates pursue research as part of ongoing Los Alamos National Laboratory science and engineering programs. Sponsored postdoctoral candidate packages are reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee throughout the year.
- Director's Fellows collaborate with Los Alamos National Laboratory 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 must display extraordinary ability in scientific research and show clear promise of becoming outstanding leaders. These fellowships provide the opportunity to collaborate with Los Alamos National Laboratory 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.