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ALS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Print
Monday, 19 July 2010 15:13

The Advanced Light Source (ALS) has launched a new “ALS Postdoctoral Fellowship” program that provides challenging opportunities to conduct research in areas supportive of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and ALS missions. Fellows become integral members of ALS research teams, where they are exposed to current scientific challenges that can be tackled with the use of advanced synchrotron radiation tools. They share and exchange innovative scientific ideas and techniques, and enhance their professional development. To view projects and details about previous fellowhsip recipients, see ALS Postdoctoral Fellowship Highlights.

Fellows also have access to a valuable combination of outstanding professional staff, scientific equipment and facilities available at the ALS as well as potential access to other LBNL user facilities including the Molecular Foundry, the National Center of Electron Microscopy and the NERSC computing facility.

Research Areas at the ALS include Physical Sciences, Energy Sciences, Biosciences, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and General Sciences. The ALS is recognized as one of the world leading facilities in the following specialized areas of science:

  • Photoemission
  • Coherent Imaging and Scattering
  • Ultrafast and Ultrasmall Science
  • Mantetism and Magnetization Dynamics
  • In-situ studies of systems with Photon-In/Photon-Out and Photon-In/Electron-Out Techniques


The Advanced Light Source (ALS)
The Advanced Light Source (ALS), a division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a national user facility that generates intense x-ray radiation for scientific and technological research. As the world's first third-generation synchrotron radiation source, the ALS offers outstanding performance in the VUV-soft x-ray energy range and excellent performance from the infrared to the hard x-ray regions. The facility welcomes researchers from universities, industries, and government laboratories around the world. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

Program Objectives
The purpose of the ALS Postdoctoral Fellowship program is to identify outstanding individuals in new and emerging scientific and engineering research fields.  This program will provide advanced training for Postdoctoral Fellows in a scientific or engineering career in Synchrotron Radiation Science.  As an added mission it will also provide opportunity to identify outstanding scientists in historically underrepresented groups.

The ALS is divided into various functional groups (see Organization).  Five of these groups will formally participate in this program - the Scientific Support, the Experimental Systems, Accelerator Physics, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering groups with the first three listed above being the primary participants.

Fellow Eligibility
Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States, regardless of citizenship and have received a doctoral research degree from an accredited academic institution in an appropriate scientific or engineering discipline within three years of the appointment start date. Awards are initially for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second and/or third year, contingent on satisfactory annual performance reviews and funding availability. Renewals will be evaluated at the end of each year.

Salary and Stipend
A monthly salary will be paid at a rate competitive with current ALS/LBNL postdoctoral fellows. Additional funding support will be available for research-related materials, supplies and services, professional development, and research-related travel. Postdoctoral fellows are also eligible for mid-level career benefits.

Application Procedure
Applicants must submit a completed ALS Postdoctoral Fellowship packet that includes: an application form, C.V., publication list, statement of research (up to 3 pages) to be performed (preferably written in consultation with an ALS Scientific mentor), and three references. Applicants must also obtain the commitment of an ALS scientific mentor who will work with them throughout the duration of the proposed fellowship. For further guidance, the applicant may directly contact the leaders of the aforementioned ALS functional groups.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents online via Berkeley Lab's Current Job Openings Web site (requisition 72882)after reviewing the job description and application requirements.

Required documents

Selection Procedure and Criteria
All Fellowship packets will be received, processed, and reviewed by the ALS Postdoctoral Fellowship committee. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Applicants will be reviewed with regard to their qualifications and the merits of their proposed research. Additionally, applicants will be rated on their diversity of experience, educational background, and the relevance of these qualifications to ALS research needs. Research statements will be evaluated on a demonstrating an understanding of the problem, the soundness and originality of the proposal, and its relevance to the ALS.   

Award Announcements
All candidates will be considered on an individual basis. Award recipients will be notified within 30 days of the application review and must provide written confirmation of their acceptance within 30 days after notification. The number of Fellowship awards granted each year is dependent upon the availability of funding and the quality of applications.

All contingencies of an appointment offer must be met before the Fellowship term begins. If an award is offered to a doctoral degree candidate, the candidate must present acceptable evidence that all formal academic doctoral degree requirements have been met.

Fellowships involve a full-time commitment to the research program, and the fellow must be in residence at ALS/LBNL during the entire period of the fellowship. Fellowship research must be conducted in accordance with a plan that meets the overall research needs of the ALS.

Fellows are required to sign and abide by the appointment letter, the terms of appointment, and other required ALS/LBNL documents. They are also required to submit a final report of research accomplishments to the ALS, acknowledge the support of ALS/DOE/BE S in publications and presentations related to research conducted during the fellowship, and provide a copy of these publications to the ALS/LBNL.