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Postdoc Eligibility

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LANL Postdoctoral Position

Candidates are eligible to apply for a LANL postdoctoral position within five years of receiving their PhD and within the Postdoc Program Office submission deadlines corresponding to the quarterly meeting being proposed, or the candidate will have completed all PhD requirements by hire-on date. Requests for exceptions to the five-year eligibility requirement will be considered based on extenuating circumstances, such as a career break for raising a family. If a current LANL postdoc is being considered for a different type of appointment, the Postdoc Program Office submission deadlines corresponding to the quarterly meeting being proposed must be within one year of the postdoc's original hire date and also within five years of the candidate receiving his/her PhD.

Postdoctoral Fellow

A candidate may be considered two times for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Agnew, Director's, Metropolis) appointment. If unsuccessful the first time reviewed and hired as a Research Associate, resubmission for a Fellow appointment must be within one year of the initial hire date and within the Postdoc Program Office's submission deadlines that correspond to the quarterly meeting being reproposed. If the candidate is not currently a LANL postdoc, the candidate can be reconsidered 1 additional time with no time limit for resubmission other than the candidate is within five years of receiving a PhD.

Distinguished Fellow

A postdoctoral candidate can only be considered one time for a Distinguished Fellow appointment in December. If currently a LANL postdoc, the candidate must be proposed at the first December quarterly meeting after the candidate's initial date of hire.

LANL GRAs applying for LANL postdoctoral appointments

Candidates who have conducted graduate research at the Lab need to submit a research project that demonstrates substantial changes in topic/direction or the candidate may be ineligible. The goal is to broaden the overall research experience and opportunities of the candidate. The postdoctoral committee considers factors such as

  • substantial change in research topic/direction
  • change in Laboratory advisors and/or sponsoring organization
  • extent to which thesis research direction was provided by LANL staff
  • length of graduate residence at the Laboratory

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