Being a Postdoc at LLNL

The postdoc program at the Lab is a critical component of the Lab’s strategy for attracting world-class scientific talent. This program provides opportunities for postdocs to conduct world-class research in an exciting, diverse, often interdisciplinary environment. Postdocs are selected for their scientific expertise, capability and enthusiasm for working at an institution that places a premium on using scientific creativity and innovation to solve important and challenging problems.

Successful candidates are offered a one- or two-year term with the possibility of being extended up to 3 years. During their tenure, postdocs are expected to conduct basic or applied research that is publishable in peer-reviewed journals, develop scientific expertise in their field of research, present their research at national and international meetings, and gain experience in the writing research proposals.

Within the Lab, the postdocs are housed in either a discipline (Computation, Engineering, or Physical and Life Sciences) or a program (Global Security, Weapons and Complex Integration or National Ignition Facility and Photon Science). Successful postdoc have demonstrated: 1) scientific productivity through a robust publication list, 2) academic excellence through a strong grade point average at a reputable university and 3) collaboration and teamwork through convincing letters of reference. To be eligible for a postdoc position, applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of being hired.

Postdoctoral Opportunities at LLNL Flyer

The lab offers a handful of postdoctoral fellowships:

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