Argonne National Laboratory

Computational Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

June 12, 2009

Advanced computers are revolutionizing our ability to address complex problems in science and engineering. To stimulate research in computational science, Argonne has inaugurated an exciting new Computational Postdoctoral Fellowship program for outstanding new Ph.D.s.

What key research areas are supported?
Fellows will carry out research in a computational science or engineering discipline, selected from a wide variety of areas including biological science, chemistry, earth science, engineering, materials science, nuclear energy, physics, and energy science. The home research division of each fellow will be determined based on discipline and areas of interest.

How does computational science fit in?
Fellows will develop and implement advanced computational approaches aimed at scaling applications for high-end computing systems. Using these advanced approaches, the fellows will conduct large-scale simulations on leadership-class computers with the objective of producing breakthrough research in the scientific disciplines of interest. Fellows will interact with both divisional researchers and staff of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) to best utilize high-performance computers.
What high-performance facilities are available for research?
The ALCF operates a 557-teraflop IBM Blue Gene/P system for production scientific and engineering computing and a 13.9-teraflop IBM Blue/Gene P system for system software development, software testing, and tool and application porting. Argonne also has a teraflop-class computing cluster, called Jazz, to facilitate mid-range computing in all of the scientific programs of the laboratory.

Who is eligible, and how do potential fellows apply?
Ph.D. requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment. Fellows must have received their Ph.D. recently. Interested candidates should apply to The subject line should include the candidate's name and discipline of interest. Application packages must consist of the following:

* Curriculum vitae
* Research proposal (< 2 pages)
* List of publications and significant presentations

A multidisciplinary selection committee will review application material. Fellows will be selected based on their academic background, knowledge of and expertise in high-performance computational science, and possible impact to a particular research program as described in their proposal. Fellowships are awarded for a one-year term, with possible renewal for a second year.