Harry S. Truman Fellowship 2019

Livermore, California
October 05 2018
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We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Harry S. Truman Fellowship (in National Security Science and Engineering). The Truman Fellowship is Sandia National Laboratories’ most prestigious post-doctoral fellowship with about two recipients each year.

The Truman Fellowship provides an opportunity for recipients to pursue independent research that supports the national security mission of Sandia National Laboratories. Candidates must display extraordinary abilities in scientific research and show clear and definite promise of becoming outstanding leaders in the research they pursue. They are expected to have solved a major scientific or engineering problem in their thesis work or will provide a new approach to solving a major problem, as evidenced by a recognized impact in their field.

The Truman Fellowship is a three-year appointment and normally commences on October 1, although exceptions may be made to accommodate special circumstances.

For complete application instructions, please visit: http://www.sandia.gov/careers/students_postdocs/fellowships/truman_fellowship.html.

Please submit complete package to: Program Coordinator, Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, MS 0359, Albuquerque, NM 87183-0359, or email: ymoreno@sandia.gov. All materials and online application must be received by midnight November 1, 2018.

Department Description:

Sandia's Science and Technology and Research Foundations Division supports development and delivery of a full spectrum of differentiating capabilities, ranging from fundamental scientific discoveries to system-level engineering solutions, to support the Laboratories' mission needs. Areas of special focus in the Division include: nanosciences, materials sciences and engineering, radiation sciences, high-energy density physics, microsystems science and technology, supercomputer architectures and high-performance computing, large-scale engineering testing, and modeling and simulation-based engineering sciences.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


  • PhD conferred within the past three years or completion of PhD requirements by commencement of appointment (10/1/2019)
  • No previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory (pre-postdoc internships excluded)
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance, which requires US citizenship


  • Minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 for undergraduate degree(s) and 3.7/4.0 for graduate degree(s)
  • Creativity and self-motivation
  • Compelling research proposal relevant to Sandia’s national security mission
  • Good communication skills
  • Interest in working in a team-oriented, dynamic environment
  • Broad-based background and extensive knowledge in one or more of the following areas: bioscience, computing and information science, engineering sciences, geoscience, materials science, nanodevices and microsystems, and radiation effects and high energy density sciences

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.