General Lab Information

About the Fellowship

The Department of Energy (DOE) at Brookhaven National Laboratory sponsors the Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowships Program. These prestigious Fellowships are awarded to candidates with exceptional talent and credentials who have a strong desire for independent research at the frontiers of their fields. The fellowships are three-year appointments and carry a starting annual salary of $103,000. Candidates should be no more than three years past receipt of the Ph.D. at the time of the application. The intention of the program is to select individuals who would qualify for scientific staff positions at Brookhaven Lab upon completion of the appointment.

Candidates seeking a Goldhaber Fellowship must have a commitment of support from a prospective mentor at the Lab. Before an application is submitted, prospective mentors must have an opening and be able to support the candidate at the standard starting salary for postdoctoral research associates for three years. A letter from the prospective mentor is required. See the Instructions for Mentors.

Questions? Contact Kathi Barkigia, Special Assistant to the Director, at

How to Apply

Consideration will be given to excellent candidates with training in any discipline pertinent to the Lab's mission to deliver expertise and capabilities that drive scientific breakthroughs and innovation for today and tomorrow. Candidates seeking to apply for this Fellowship must submit an online application (search for Goldhaber Fellowship) and attach the following items to the application as a single PDF document:

  1. A well-organized research proposal outlining your research interests, not to exceed three pages (literature references don't count toward the three-page limit). Research Proposal Template
  2. A CV including a list of publications.

Important: Be prepared to provide names and contact information for reference requests.

The application is complete when all of these items have been received. Applications will be accepted from March 22, 2024 until May 10, 2024. We will select up to a total of two recipients in response to this solicitation.

About Brookhaven

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multi-program laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries and 75 years of pioneering research. Brookhaven's highest-level science initiatives are nuclear physics, energy and climate science, quantum information science and technology, data science, particle physics, and isotope production. Brookhaven's programs also help prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and aim to protect astronauts on future space missions. Brookhaven is home to a suite of premier user facilities that include the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, the Accelerator Test Facility, as well as underpinning capabilities, such as high-performance computing and advanced instrumentation. Brookhaven is the site of the future Electron-Ion Collider, a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility that will keep America in the forefront of nuclear physics research. Candidates can refer to our website for more information about the Lab and postdoctoral employment opportunities.

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