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Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.


PNNL's Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed for the next generation of scientists and engineers who will push the boundaries of science to world-recognized discoveries.


The Linus Pauling Distinguished Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is accepting qualified candidate applications from recent and upcoming PhD Graduates in Science & Engineering, who wish to conduct research on a project of their choice.

Candidates will be required to submit the following items as one PDF uploaded attachment when applying to this position:

1.  Cover letter

2.  Current CV

3.  Statement of Research Plans (including reasoning on why PNNL is a good place to carry out your studies)

4.  Written Response to each of the following questions (please include views from your own research interests as well as a wider scope across your field):  

-What is the most interesting/challenging problem in your field today? What intrigues you most about this problem?  

-What do you think it will take to solve that problem (do we need to invent new tools, new algorithms, push the bounds of detection limits)?  What will it take and how would you propose to engage or participate? 

 -If that problem were already solved, what would the impact be on you? On science?  On society?

5.  Unofficial Transcripts


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have received a PhD in 2019 or later, or prior to the start of the fellowship from an accredited college or university in a Science or Engineering field related to the mission areas of PNNL.
  • Have submitted the PDF application packet as indicated above.


PNNL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) ten national laboratories, managed by DOE's Office of Science. PNNL also performs research for other DOE offices as well as government agencies, universities, and industry to deliver breakthrough science and technology to meet today's key national needs. PNNL provides the facilities, unique scientific equipment, and world-renowned scientists/engineers to strengthen U.S. scientific foundations for fundamental research and innovation prevents and counters acts of terrorism through applied research in information analysis, cyber security, and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction increases U.S. energy capacity and reduces dependence on imported oil through research of hydrogen and biomass-based fuels reduces the effects of energy generation and use on the environment. PNNL currently has approximately 4,000 staff members and a business volume of $760 million. The William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science national scientific user facility, is located on PNNL's Richland campus.
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