The University Relations & Science Education Office (UR&SE) is launching a new faculty sabbatical training program to initiate more university–LLNL research collaborations. The program is designed to bring top academic talent from universities across the U.S. for one- to three-month Laboratory visits to exchange knowledge and develop collaborations. Faculty will be able to learn firsthand about research and capabilities at the Laboratory, work in labs and gain new knowledge. Staff scientists gain the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists from around the country on their research programs.

“It is a win–win situation,” said Annie Kersting, director of UR&SE. “What I’m most excited about is that this program serves to increase the number of university collaborations we have going on at any one time and is designed to develop stronger and deeper interactions with universities that are so vital for combining science and technology excellence with the Lab’s mission focus.”

The UR&SE (of the Office of the Deputy Director for Science & Technology) will pay for the faculty member’s salary and travel. To lower barriers to arranging these sabbaticals, UR&SE has worked to streamline hiring. Staff scientists will be instrumental in recruiting faculty to apply to the posting<> and working to identify appropriate projects for the faculty member. Once the faculty member has applied, the staff host also will be responsible for completing a short form<> to return to Mildred Lambrecht in the UR&SE. The application and short form will be formally reviewed and approved by a Laboratory-wide committee chaired by Kersting. The committee consists of a representative from each Directorate or Principal Associate Directorate:

*   Henry Shaw, PLS
*   Rob Sharp, ENG
*   Eric McKinzie, COMP
*   Jeff Bude, NIF
*   Cindy Atkins-Duffin, GS
*   Denise Hinkel, WCI

Pat Falcone, deputy director for Science & Technology, said: “I’m delighted we have another avenue to support academic partnerships that can strengthen our science and technology.”

Successful faculty applicants will be hired into the Laboratory’s existing Faculty Employee (FS) category. The program will be open all year until funding is fully committed. For further information, contact Lambrecht<> or Kersting<>.