The Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that is open to all technical disciplines. Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, two to four fellowships are awarded each year, and the awards are for three years. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows most often conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment.
Application: The application is web-based and includes a CV, a statement of interest, a project relevance statement, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Applications are accepted beginning in early August and are due by October 1, 2020 in order to receive full consideration.
Key Selection Criteria: The statement of technical interests, letters of recommendation, and your scientific track record (publication record) are all very important. Candidates who reach the pool of finalists are invited for a two-day interview that includes a seminar about their current research work.
Process: Applications are due on October 1. The selection committee, comprised of ten voting members representing various technical organizations in the laboratory, reviews applications between October and November to select roughly six finalists from the hundreds of applications. Between mid-December and early February, selected finalists are invited to LLNL for two days of interviews and to give a seminar. Hiring decisions are made in mid-February.
Outcomes: At the conclusion of the fellowship, approximately 60% of the fellows secure a staff position at LLNL. The majority of those who leave obtain tenure-track positions at top-tier universities including MIT, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. A number of former fellows have started their own companies.
Read more about how to apply and start your application on the LLNL website.