Gil Herrera Postdoctoral Fellowship

Seeking Applicants!

Are you looking to perform innovative research in Quantum Information Science? Are you excited about research informed by real-world needs and problems of national importance? If so, envision the opportunities as Sandia’s next Gil Herrera Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Information Science.

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Gil Herrera Fellowship in Quantum Information Science. This is one of Sandia’s most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, where selected fellows will also be able to take part of the strong academic partnerships between Sandia and partner universities.

As a fellow, you will:

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Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2024

Address complex problems in support of broad-ranging national security areas
Challenging research questions using innovative computational resources
Present your work at leading publications and conference venues
Share your knowledge with students at our partner institutions, reaching across cultural and institutional barriers

We encourage exceptional and highly motivated new Ph.D. scientists and engineers to apply. The selected Fellows will receive a two-year appointment with the option for a possible third year, which includes a competitive salary and benefits, moving expenses, and a generous professional travel allowance. All interviews will be conducted virtually with an option for selected fellows to visit their physical campus as part of the interview process prior to accepting an offer.


  • You have or will receive a Ph.D. in Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, or a related science or engineering field
  • A background that includes research experience as evidenced by a strong record of research publications and presentations
  • A compelling research proposal for self-directed research to be conducted as a Gil Herrera QIS Fellow. The research proposal must have relevance to the broader field of quantum information science, touching on areas such as: Algorithms and applications; Benchmarking, characterizing, and optimizing quantum devices; Novel qubit calibration and control schemes; Quantum device and noise modeling; and Error mitigation techniques for many qubit quantum platforms
  • Built into the proposal, willingness to mentor early graduate students or engage with other educational outreach activities
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE security clearance which requires US Citizenship

Application Process

To apply, please do the following:

  • Search “Herrera Fellowship” or “Job ID 691897” on Sandia’s Careers portal and complete the online application
  • Submit a single PDF file containing your cover letter, CV, and a 2-5 page research proposal
  • Have three letters of recommendation submitted to with “2024 Herrera QIS Fellowship” as the subject line.

Complete applications received through January 31, 2024 will receive full consideration.

More Information

Visit Gil Herrera Fellowship in Quantum Information Science on Sandia’s Careers website.

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