LANL’s Science of Signatures Advanced Study Institute

Call for Applications

2020 Science of Signatures Advanced Studies Institute

Application deadline is January 8, 2020

Next spring, the Science of Signatures (SoS) Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) will be held over three weeks during April 13 – May 1, 2020. SoS-ASI is a professional development opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students and postdocs interested in learning skills needed for research program development at National Laboratories and academia.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Engineering Institute invites a multi-disciplinary (e.g. computer science, engineering, biology, physics, earth sciences, mathematics/statistics) group of advanced, highly accomplished Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers for a three-week program to work on multi-disciplinary teams to generate novel, creative solutions to pressing national security problems and build the skills needed for successful research program development at national laboratories and in academia. This program will focus on introducing SoS-ASI Scholars to the process of writing winning proposals and securing research funding.

Prior participants in the program have become winners of the LANL Distinguished Postdoc award, multiple R&D 100 winners, an Achenbach medal winner, a nominee for the Horatio Alger Association Alumni of the Year award, and have gone on to win LANL Laboratory Directed Research and Development Early Career Awards and Presidential Early Career Awards in Science and Engineering. Multiple participants have gone on to assistant professor positions and numerous participants have achieved staff scientist and engineering positions at LANL.

Projects originating in the SoS-ASI have gone on to receive funding from a number of sources including the Weapons program, the Civilian Nuclear Programs Office, LDRD (multiple pathfinder calls), the Institute for Material Science, and the Department of State. Some of the projects have effectively led exploration into new technical areas of interest for LANL.

Past experience shows that the students who actually apply are ones that staff, faculty members, or former students have talked to individually regarding this program, so please take the time to talk about this opportunity. This program is limited to US Citizens or US Permanent Residents and is open to both LANL employees and non-LANL persons.

More information about the SoS-ASI and the application process can be found at  Please send questions to or to David Mascareñas at


Chuck Farrar

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Engineering Institute Leader

MS T-001

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, NM 87545

Ph: 505-665-0860

Cell: 505-500-7302