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The HEDS Center at LLNL is dedicated to helping the next generation of HED science experts explore career options, expand their knowledge, and connect with other scientists who are exploring matter and energy under extreme conditions.

We offer paid opportunities for student interns, postdocs, and early career scientists to conduct research at LLNL, where you can access our world-class laser facilities and conduct research side-by-side with our scientists. At LLNL, you will also benefit from our weekly seminar series, where HED science leaders from LLNL and other institutions share their insight. 

Student Opportunities

The HED Physics Summer Student Program at LLNL offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct experimental, theoretical, and computational research in disciplines such as astrophysics, hydrodynamics, turbulence, plasma physics, inertial confinement physics, and radiation/particle transport. In addition, graduate students can apply for an NNSA fellowship in HED science, providing support for students who conduct research in areas related to NNSA's mission.

Postdoctoral Research Appointments

The Center offers a highly competitive, two-year postdoctoral position at LLNL. The fellowship is open to researchers working in all HED-related disciplines. Fellows are free to pursue their own research agenda under the guidance of a senior staff scientist who serves as a mentor. We invite you to find out more about this opportunity to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in HED science by visiting our postdoctoral fellowship information page.

In addition, LLNL offers other postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in a range of areas, including HED science. You can find out more about upcoming opportunities by visiting LLNL's postdoc website.

Faculty Research and Teaching Opportunities

The Center collaborates with experts from academia and other research institutions to expand access to educational opportunities in HED science. If you are interested in developing or teaching a short course in collaboration with LLNL, please contact us to discuss your ideas. We offer paid mini-sabbaticals, lasting between one and three months, enabling HED science experts to come on site to LLNL and teach a course. If you are interested in developing or teaching a short course, please email our Center Administrator, Jessica Letteer, at letteer1 [at] (letteer1[at]llnl[dot]gov), describing your idea for developing or teaching a short course. To learn more about short courses delivered by the Center and its collaborators, visit our course web page.

LLNL also offers collaborative research opportunities through a mini-sabbatical program offered by LLNL's University Relations Program. Faculty from U.S. universities come on-site for a 1-3 month paid sabbatical. 

Career Positions

We are always looking for talented scientists who want to work in our exciting, multidisciplinary research environment. We invite you to search current job postings on the LLNL careers page. Or feel free to contact the HEDS Center leadership team to discuss career options.