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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, and/or scientific computing. The fellowship is named after Sidney Fernbach, former Director of the Computation Department at LLNL and one of the pioneers in high performance scientific computing. Fellows have the freedom to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a LLNL staff scientist who serves as a mentor. The fellows are expected to conduct their research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner with others in a team environment. 


LLNL is a premier research and development institution for science and technology applied to national security that has been a leader in scientific and high performance computing for decades. We conduct world-class, collaborative scientific research and development in high performance computing, computational physics, numerical mathematics, computer science, and data science. Major research thrust areas include scalable algorithms and software for linear and nonlinear solvers, partial differential equations, adaptive mesh refinement, verification and uncertainty quantification, large-scale data analysis, scientific visualization, performance tools, programming models, and compiler analysis. LLNL is home to a number of the most powerful computer systems in the world, including Sequoia, a 17-petaFLOP system. The Laboratory is located in Livermore, California, the Eastern-most community in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.


Fellows will receive a highly competitive salary, moving expenses, and a professional travel allowance. In addition, fellows will work in a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research environment with accomplished researchers and will have access to Livermore Computing’s world-class HPC environment.

Terms of Appointment

Each appointment will be for one year with a possible renewal for a second year.

Eligibility and Selection Process

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must have or will soon receive a Ph.D. in applied/computational mathematics, computer science, or related computational science and engineering disciplines. Applicants must either be in the process of completing their Ph.D. (within one year and employment may not start until Ph.D. requirements have been verified) or have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of being hired as a Fernbach Fellow. 

Although U.S. citizenship is not required for application, candidates should be well-versed on their current visa status (if any).

How to Apply

The Fernbach Fellowship is offered only when there is an opening, which is generally every other year. We expect to open the application process in summer 2017. Bookmark this page to find out when future postings are made.

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates will

  • demonstrate creativity, exceptional ability, and superior knowledge in computational mathematics, scientific computing, and/or computer science;

  • demonstrate the ability to conduct original and independent research through a track record of scientific accomplishment;

  • present a clear research plan that identifies the importance of the proposed research and the relevance to the laboratory’s mission;

  • demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and

  • demonstrate the potential for technical leadership.

Statement of Technical Interest

When writing your statement of technical interest, it is important to be succinct (no more than 6 pages) and remember to include a title. The committee that will be reviewing your statement is composed of scientists with backgrounds in applied mathematics, computer science, physics, and engineering. Your statement should have an introduction that would be understandable to a broad audience but should also include enough detail to satisfy the experts. Most essential is a description of why this research is important, the advantages of carrying out this research at LLNL, and a description of the research plan. We encourage applicants to explore this site and the LLNL website. In addition, candidates are encouraged to identify LLNL researchers with whom they are interested in working; communicating with these staff members prior to applying can significantly strengthen your statement of interest.

Reference Letters

Upon submission of your referee names, a request for recommendation letters will be automatically generated and sent via email to the references with instructions for submitting their letters. These letters are a critical part of the committee’s evaluation of applications.We highly recommend that you contact these references prior to submitting your application to confirm their availability to provide us with a letter on your behalf. Application packages that do not include all reference letters by the deadline will not receive full consideration.