Idaho State University
April 16 – May 4, 2018

The NSEC SoS Advanced Study Institute is looking for post-doc and advanced doctoral students for their 3 week program.

SOS ASI Flyer 2018 Revised

Applications accepted beginning Nov. 17, 2017
Deadline: Jan. 21, 2018 EXTENDED DEADLINE
Questions/inquiries email:
Document Submission email:
Acceptance notifications sent Jan. 26, 2018
Contact: Sarah Balkey, or 505-665-8777
We are currently soliciting applicants for the Advanced Studies Institute.
The Advanced Studies Institute is a professional development opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students (i.e. ones
who have completed all of their course work) and postdocs interested in learning skills needed for research program
development at National Laboratories/Academia.


Students should download the application and demographic forms from our website,

Then, email the following documents to
1. Application form
2. Resume
3. 1-page cover letter describing your interest in this program as well as your near term (1-3 year)
academic and professional goals
4. At least one letter of recommendation
5. OPTIONAL – Demographic self-identification forms

The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s National Security Education Center invites a multi-disciplinary (e.g. computer
science, engineering, biology, physics, earth sciences, mathematics/statistics) group of advanced, highly accomplished
Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers from around the country to come to Los Alamos National Laboratory for an
opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary teams to generate novel, creative solutions to pressing national security problems
and build the skills needed for successful research program development at national laboratories and in academia. This
program will focus on introducing Advanced Studies Scholars to the process of writing winning proposals and securing
research funding.

This program is designed for 15 advanced Ph.D. students (those who have completed all of their course work) and/or
postdocs (internal or external to Los Alamos National Laboratory). We intend to bring in high quality participants from
diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. Students and/or postdocs from all technical disciplines are invited to
participate in this program. Expenses will be reimbursed for external participants’ travel, lodging, and subsistence for the
duration of the program. Local participants do not receive reimbursement. This program is limited to U.S. Citizens or
U.S. Permanent Residents.
The students work in 3-person multidisciplinary teams and are assigned a research topic to be studies during the course
of the 3-week program. Research topics focusing on Science of Signature-Forward Deployment problems are defined
by LANL technical staff for the participants. Prior to the beginning of ASI, the students are given a list of topics, and they
will be asked to indicate their preference for a particular topic. Team assignments are based on those preferences and a
balance of each student’s respective technical skill set. Teams then work on their challenge topics, under the guidance of
LANL mentors, with the expectation of creating a research proposal to sell their solution concept. The program culminates
with team presentations on their solution concept to a committee of LANL staff and program managers for critical review.
During the program, students attend daily technical and professional development lectures as well as work on
their team research topics. Professional development lectures are given by laboratory staff and managers and outside
academics on topics including proposal writing, the tenure process, starting a research group at the lab,
and commercializing technology developed at the laboratory. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with
multi-disciplinary researchers from around the country to facilitate future career opportunities and collaborations, and they
will have the opportunity to shape new fields.
The program requires a 100% time commitment by all participants for the 3-week
duration of the program.

Contact: Sarah Balkey, or 505-665-8777