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We are now accepting applications for the Laboratory Director Jill Hruby Postdoctoral Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering. The Hruby Fellowship is one of Sandia National Laboratories’ prestigious postdoctoral fellowships. This fellowship aims to develop women in the engineering and science fields who are passionate about technical leadership careers in national security. All qualified applicants will be considered for this fellowship.

Jill Hruby who served as President and Director of Sandia National Laboratories from 2015 to 2017, spent 34 years at Sandia, and was the first woman to be appointed director of a large multidisciplinary national security laboratory. Most recently, Jill Hruby was appointed as the new Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. She has been a driving force for other women at Sandia and across the country to follow careers in technical leadership.

Selection will be based on a comprehensive application and interview process. Special attention will be given to recruiting and attracting outstanding women with demonstrated academic achievement and leadership capabilities.

Program Design

As postdoctoral employees of Sandia, Hruby Fellows will conduct independent research and development that supports Sandia’s purpose: to develop advanced technologies that ensure global peace. Fellows will propose their own research topic and benefit by having access to Sandia’s state- of-the-art facilities and collaborating with some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers.

A member of Sandia’s technical staff with experience/interest in the area of research proposed by the Fellow will be assigned to mentor the Fellow. This emphasis on research mentoring enables Fellows to become integral members of Sandia R&D teams while acquiring unique skills during their early career development.

Leadership Development

In addition to research, Hruby Fellows will participate in a unique leadership development program that will prepare them for career advancement as recognized leaders in their field or institution. Fellows will:

  • Participate as a member on internal research proposal selection committee
  • Engage with government relations to understand how Sandia supports national decision making
  • Participate in a leadership development program, including coaching and peer mentoring
  • Opportunities for mentorship from senior technical leadership at the laboratory

To be considered, applicants must submit a CV to this posting and follow the research idea submission instructions at the website below. The application materials and online application must be received by 5 PM Mountain Daylight Time October 17, 2022. The Hruby Fellowship is a three-year appointment and normally commences on October 1, although exceptions may be made to accommodate special circumstances.

How to Apply

The Jill Hruby Fellowship is a three-year appointment that will begin on October 1, 2023.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Apply to this job posting by submitting a CV online to job # 683955 by October 17th at 5 PM Mountain Time
  • Submit research idea, see
  • If invited for interview, you will be assigned a Sandia mentor and required to submit a full research proposal prior to your interview
  • Interviews are tentatively planned for the week of January 16, 2023

For more information, see the website listed above and contact: 

All materials and online application must be received by 5PM Mountain Daylight Time, October 17, 2022.



Qualifications We Require

  • Ph.D. conferred within the past three years or completion of Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment
  • Evidence of strong academic achievement, excellent technical accomplishment, leadership and ability to team effectively
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance, which requires US citizenship
  • Completion of the full application process, which includes submission of a research proposal relevant to Sandia’s national security mission


Qualifications We Desire

  • Creativity and self-motivation
  • Good communication skills
  • Interest in leadership
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented, dynamic environment
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in service to the nation
  • Broad-based background and deep understanding in one or more of the following areas: bioscience, computing and information science, engineering sciences, geoscience, materials science, nanotechnology and microsystems, and radiation effects and high energy density sciences


About Our Team

Group 1920 CRO Office. 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 Laboratory’s 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

• 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:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.