Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



From working at the frontiers of climate research to using the world’s most powerful supercomputers to reaching toward fusion at the National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore has always been at the forefront of the world’s most important scientific discoveries. Shouldn’t you be able to say the same thing about your career?

If working on interdisciplinary teams to tackle the most challenging scientific problems appeals to you, then consider joining us as a postdoc. You’ll get hands-on experience while working closely with leading scientific researchers and colleagues—and you will have the opportunity to make significant contributions in areas of national interest.

Our postdoctoral employees in LLNL’s Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate are talented scientists from across the broad spectrum of physical and biological sciences who work in a highly collaborative environment that places a premium on scientific innovation and publication.

Join a vibrant postdoc community!

  • We have between 130 and 150 postdocs at any given time in all disciplines at the Laboratory.
  • Postdocs are selected for their scientific expertise, capability, and enthusiasm for working at an institution that places a premium on scientific creativity and innovation.
  • Appointments are for one or two years, with a possible third year renewal.
  • LLNL provides career development opportunities.

PLS Postdoctoral Program Contact

Director:
 Sarah Chinn

Important Links

LLNL Lab-Wide Postdoctoral Program 

Lawrence Fellowship 

LLNL Careers Page 

The Lawrence Fellow Program is a highly competitive program that provides scientific freedom to pursue creative, groundbreaking projects of your own design.

  • Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievement.
  • Open to all disciplines.

PLS Postdoctoral News

Victory Through Annihilation: Jason Brodsky’s Neutrinos that Saved the Universe

Jason Brodsky says his work is like “looking for a candle in a raging inferno.”

Brodsky’s specialty is rare-event detection, both during his Princeton graduate work on dark matter and his current postdoctoral research at LLNL, in which he searches for what he calls “the neutrinos that saved the universe.”


Pushing Boundaries in Plasma Physics: Michael Campanell Brings His Revolutionary Model to LLNL

When Michael Campanell was a graduate student at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, he noticed something unusual: the boundary physics simulation he was running wasn’t behaving the way it was supposed to. A century of plasma theory predicted one thing, but Campanell’s simulation was doing another. This was the impetus for his thesis, and a big challenge to the status quo in his field. It also propelled him toward a career at LLNL.


Meet Ivy Krystal Jones

Ivy Krystal Jones is a postdoc working in the High Pressure Physics/Physics (Materials Science) Division of the Physical & Life Sciences Directorate.

“I’m working on fabricating functionally graded solid-state laser gain media via direct ink writing and transparent ceramic processing.”


PLS postdocs embrace Research Slam

Picture this: it’s the day of your first poster presentation as a postdoc. You've picked out your best professional suit (or your only professional suit, reserved just for this occasion), your poster has been beautifully printed with help from the Lab's print plant, and your heart is racing with nerves and excitement. Your first interested visitor stops by, quizzically glances at your poster, and asks you for a short synopsis of your research for the non-specialist. How do you reply?


PLS research well represented at poster symposium

The PLS postdoc program offers young scientists the opportunity to collaborate with experienced researchers and make significant contributions in basic and applied research areas of national interest.


PLS Postdoctoral Openings

Current postdoctoral openings in Physical and Life Sciences are listed below: 

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Physics  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Chemical Engineering  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - MesoKinetics  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member  
Electrocatalysis Postdoctoral Researcher  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Physics  
Computational Systems Biology Postdoctoral Researcher  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Bioinformatics & Machine Learning  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - High Pressure  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Microphysics and Cloud Processes  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Atmospheric Modeling  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Nuclear Theory  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Genetics & Forensic Biology  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Physics  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Cloud Processes Research and Modeling  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Relativistic Heavy-Ion Physics  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Global Atmospheric Dispersion, Aerosols, and Chemistry  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Nanofluidics  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Magnetic Fusion Energy  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Microbiology  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Nuclear Structure & Reaction Theory  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Nuclear Nonproliferation & Threat Detection  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Nuclear Theory  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Environmental Microbiology & Geochemistry  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Stable Isotope Geochemistry  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Cumulus Parameterizations  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Physics  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Cloud Processes Research  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Analytical Spectroscopy  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Carbon Cycle Research  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - High Energy Density Physics  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Soil Organic Matter  
Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Molecular Biology