Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Postdoc Application Process

Point your career towards Los Alamos: work with the best minds on the planet in an inclusive environment that is rich in intellectual vitality and opportunities for growth.

Submit general application or apply for specific posted position

For initial consideration, you can submit a general application to the Postdoctoral Research program and/or for a specific posted position. Access the general application or view specific posted postdoc positions.

You may apply to as many posted postdoc positions as you like, provided you are interested in and qualified for them. We recommend modifying your cover letter to address the specific technical points of each job. Your online application will also place you on an applicant listing for technical staff that are searching for suitable candidates.

Every postdoc applicant must be sponsored by a technical staff member to be considered for a postdoc position. To identify a potential sponsor, you can review the Science Organizations and Science & Innovation areas of the Laboratory. In addition, you can meet potential sponsors by attending national and international conferences and workshops, networking with colleagues, or scanning journal publications.

All postdoc appointments must be approved by the Postdoctoral Committee before an offer can be extended. The sponsor along with the candidate is responsible for compiling the Postdoc Application Package (pdf) and submitting it to the Postdoctoral Committee for review once complete.

Postdoctoral Appointments and Reviews

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate - Sponsored postdoctoral candidate packages can be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee throughout the year.
  • Agnew National Security Postdoctoral Fellow - Sponsored candidate packages will be reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee during the May quarterly review.
  • Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellow – Sponsored candidate packages will be reviewed during each of the quarterly reviews.
  • Director's Postdoctoral Fellow - Sponsored candidate packages will be reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee during each of the quarterly reviews.
  • Nicholas C. Metropolis Postdoctoral Fellow - Sponsored candidate packages will be reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee only during the February quarterly review.
  • Distinguished Curie, Feynman, Oppenheimer, and Reines Postdoctoral Fellows- Sponsored candidates packages will be reviewed by the Postdoctoral Committee only during the December quarterly review.

Postdoc application review schedule and deadlines

  • February Review - Submit by early December, outcome mid February
  • May Review - Submit by early March, outcome mid May
  • August Review - Submit by early June, outcome mid August
  • December Review - Submit by mid September, outcome mid-December

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