The AMR Postdoctoral Program provides a means of advancing knowledge in the areas of basic and applied research and strengthening our national scientific and technical capabilities. The Postdoctoral Fellows provide valuable stimulus to the research efforts of Laboratory staff and make available the most recent developments of university science and engineering departments as well as forming communication links between the Laboratory, industry, and universities. The Laboratory experience presents appointees the opportunity to derive significant professional accomplishment and advancement of their career goals by publishing the results of their research, participating in scientific and technical conferences, and presenting seminars. Candidates are nominated and sponsored by a member of the Laboratory's technical staff. Selection is based on Laboratory-wide competition and is determined by the candidate's academic qualifications and research excellence.
Postdoctoral Fellows are provided the opportunity to pursue independent research of their own choice. Doctoral degree recipients who have received their degrees within the past three years and who are recognized in their fields, are eligible to compete for two-year, renewable for a third year, limited-term appointments. Postdoctoral Research Associates are provided the opportunity to pursue research directly involved with Laboratory programmatic efforts.
The Los Alamos AMR Program strives to attract the "best and brightest" postdoctoral candidates available. The quality of the prospective candidate, irrespective of discipline, remains the overriding consideration when evaluating the postdoctoral package. Because the Postdoctoral Program remains one of the Laboratory's primary recruitment mechanisms, we expect that high-caliber postdoctoral appointees who become regular staff members will make significant contributions to the DOE's mission-oriented programmatic efforts throughout their careers.