Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowships: Call for Applications

By Kathi Barkigia

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Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber and Maurice Goldhaber

Applications are being accepted for the Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship program. Brookhaven Science Associates created these prestigious fellowships in 2000 and they have since been awarded to more than 50 postdoctoral researchers.

The Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship program provides our scientists with a special opportunity to attract top up-and-coming talent to join research teams at the Lab. The program is also an important tool to help identify exceptional individuals who would qualify for scientific staff positions at the Lab after their fellowship appointments are complete. The recipients—no more than two for this round of the selection process—must have a strong desire for independent research at the frontiers of their fields and will be awarded three-year appointments with a starting annual salary of $95,700.

Who Should Apply

Applicants should have earned a Ph.D. no more than three years before the time of their application and their qualifications should align with the Lab’s science and technology portfolio. Consideration will be given to 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 a Goldhaber Fellowship must have a commitment of support from a prospective mentor here 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. The Fellowship program provides the additional funds to increase the salary to the stated level as well as a modest amount of independent funds for materials and supplies.

More Information for Those Interested

If you're interested, check the Goldhaber Distinguished Fellowship website for specific guidance about the application process. There, you can also find out more about the Goldhabers, for whom the fellowship is named. Maurice Goldhaber was a physicist and former Lab Director who, among many other contributions, measured the mass of the neutron with James Chadwick in 1934. Gertrude Scharff-Goldhaber was a well-recognized physicist, the first woman Ph.D. employed at the Laboratory, and her research helped set the groundwork for the theory of nuclear motion.

The solicitation will open tomorrow, April 20, and close June 8. We look forward to reviewing them!

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

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