Truman Fellowship

Sandia established the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering to attract the best nationally recognized new Ph.D. scientists and engineers. This three-year fellowship is named for President Truman who charged Sandia in 1949 with providing "an exceptional service in the national interest" – a motto that leads Sandia to excel to this day.

Truman Fellows conduct independent ground-breaking research that supports Sandia’s national-security mission. Fellows choose their own research topics and benefit by having access to Sandia’s state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with some of the nation’s best scientists and engineers. Fellows may work at either of Sandia’s principal locations in New Mexico or California.

A member of Sandia’s technical staff mentors each Truman Fellow. This emphasis on research mentoring enables Fellows to become integral members of Sandia R&D teams.


Sandia’s competitive wage and benefits package includes an annual salary of $111,200; flexible work arrangements; 11 paid holidays; three weeks of vacation; health, vision, and dental insurance; and a 401(k) savings plan with company match.


  • Ph.D. conferred within the past three years or completion of PhD requirements by commencement of appointment (10/1/2022)
  • No previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory (pre-postdoc internships excluded)
  • Research in areas meaningful to national security
  • Development and submission of a compelling research proposal
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance, which requires US citizenship

Application procedure

The Truman Fellowship is a three-year appointment that typically begins on October 1. The application deadline for October 2022 is October 15, 2021. Applicants for the Truman Fellowship are encouraged to apply for other positions at Sandia.

  • Read the Truman Fellowship application guidelines (PDF, 210 kB), and submit the required documentation, as described in the guidelines.
  • Search "Truman Fellowship" on Sandia’s Careers portal.
  • Click "Apply Now," and follow the instructions to upload your application, including resume and required documentation as described in the guidelines.

Fellowship Experiences

Thomas Hardin

Thomas Hardin

2020 Truman Fellow

Thomas Hardin received his BS in mechanical engineering/math and MS in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and his PhD in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His proposed research will expand on his interest in modeling the structure and properties of glass. He plans to apply “smooth overlap of atomic positions” motifs to better understand structure/property/processing from a modeling standpoint. Thomas’ research will enhance Sandia’s capabilities in modeling amorphous/glass materials. His mentor will be Mike Chandross (1864) and his manager will be Veena Tikare (1864).

Joshua Rackers

Joshua Rackers

2020 Truman Fellow

Josh Rackers received his BS in physics from Ohio State, his MEd in urban education from Johns Hopkins, and his PhD in biophysics from Washington University in St. Louis. Josh plans to extend his work in molecular dynamics for biological systems and his hydrogen-like intermolecular polarizable potential (HIPPO) model. He will look at ion-channel selectivity, develop GPU-compatible software, and apply machine learning for pattern recognition to deal with boundary conditions in multiscale molecular dynamics. His mentors will be Steve Plimpton and Aidan Thompson (1444); and Susan Rempe (8635). His manager will be David Littlewood (1444).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Sandia invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.
Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.
For more information, please review the New Hire Vaccination Requirements.