We are now accepting applications for the 2020 John von Neumann Fellowship in Computational Science. This is one of Sandia's most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships with funding from the Applied Mathematics Research Program in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research and Sandia's Lab Directed Research and Development Program. Fellows will:

  • Address complex problems in support of broad-ranging mission areas
  • Collaborate with highly motivated researchers on challenging research questions
  • Present their work within leading publication and conference venue

We are seeking researchers in the broadly-defined domain of computational and applied mathematics, including algorithm analysis, applied probability, combinatorial scientific computing, control, data science, discrete mathematics, discretization methods, graph algorithms, high-performance computing, integral equations and nonlocal models, linear algebra, machine learning, mathematical analysis, meshing, modeling & simulation, multilevel/multiphysics/multiscale methods, numerical analysis, operations research, optimization, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, solvers, statistical inference, time integration, and uncertainty quantification.

We seek applicants with interests in applying computational methods to scientific and engineering applications, including additive manufacturing, circuit simulation, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational solid mechanics, cyber security, earth systems, electrical systems, hyperspectral imaging, magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD), micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), material design, molecular dynamics, power grid, sensor data fusion, shock physics, signal processing, and turbulence modeling.

Appointments are for one year, with the option of a second year, and include a highly competitive salary, moving expenses and a generous professional travel allowance. Fellows pursue a combination of self-directed research and integration with existing Sandia R&D projects, under the guidance of Sandia staff mentors. They are expected to publish the results of their work in leading journals and present it at top-tier conferences.


  • You have, or are pursuing, a Ph.D. in applied/computational mathematics or a related area, such as computer science, engineering, or statistics, conferred within the past three years, or anticipated completion of Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment
  • Your background includes the appropriate research experience, as evidenced by strong record of research publications and presentations
  • You can obtain a DOE clearance which requires US Citizenship

Application procedure

To apply for the 2020 John von Neumann Fellowship, follow these steps:

  1. Submit a single PDF file containing your cover letter, CV, and a 3-5 page research statement when applying to Job ID 669042.
  2. Have three letters of recommendation sent to Denis Ridzal at dridzal@sandia.gov; Use "2020 VN Fellowship" as the subject line.
Applications will be accepted through November 22, 2019.