Where innovation meets creativity
Our postdoctoral program provides opportunities for postdocs to conduct world-class research in an exciting, diverse, and often interdisciplinary environment. We select our postdocs based on their scientific expertise, capability, and enthusiasm for working at an institution that places a premium on scientific creativity and innovation.
Hear firsthand from our postdocs and fellows
Balance and moderation in all you do is the path to a happy and fulfilling life.
I love the balance in the LLNL work environment. This balance comes in two forms, work life balance, and balance between different research projects. Moving here I immediately observed a healthy work environment and a great and supportive team from mentors to division leaders!
LLNL gives you the opportunity to work on projects that are on the forefront of fundamental and applied science.
The lab is an exceptional environment for establishing important collaborative contacts and cultivating cutting-edge research.
A glimpse into our postdoc program
We offer a wide variety of opportunities for postdocs, whether your expertise is in nuclear physics or synthetic biology. As one of our postdocs, you'll have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research and collaborate with other experts in various fields.
Explore our fellowships
In addition to our postdoc program, we offer a handful of highly-competitive fellowships at LLNL. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. Additionally, fellows are expected to conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment. Our fellows have conducted research in laser science and plasma physics, biomedical engineering, cosmochemistry, and a variety of other cutting-edge fields. Learn more about our fellowship programs and application processes below.
Fernbach Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Sidney Fernbach Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Computing Sciences is a highly competitive postdoctoral position that is awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements in computational mathematics, computer science, data science, and/or scientific computing.
High Energy Density Science (HEDS) Fellowship
Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. Typically, one new fellowship is awarded each year.
The Lawrence Fellowship is a highly-competitive postdoctoral position at LLNL 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. Find out more about current and former Lawrence fellows.
Career development and networking activities
As a postdoc with us, you can look forward to a variety of career development, social, and networking activities, including monthly brown bags, poster sessions, and other chances to showcase your research and connect with colleagues. Read more about our networking activities below.
Annual Postdoc Poster Symposium
The annual postdoc poster symposium is a great opportunity to show and discuss your research and see what other postdocs are working on in your field or related ones.
Monthly Brown Bags & Panel Presentations
Our brown bag sessions are a place where postdocs can bring their lunch while participating in seminars, workshops, and panel discussions on topics relevant to the postdoc experience.
Annual Research Slam!
In this annual contest, we challenge our postdocs to answer the question “Why is your research important?” in a 3-minute presentation.
Social & Networking Events
As one of our postdoc appointees, you'll be invited to participate in off-site lunches, happy hours, coffee talks, the annual postdoc picnic, and more.
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