2019 Postdoctoral Performance Awards call for nominations
Deadline extended: Statement of intent due July 22
Nominations are being sought for the 2019 Postdoctoral Performance Awards to recognize outstanding achievement by postdoctoral appointees in the areas of applied research, basic research, and engineering research. The awards recognize the value and expertise postdocs bring to Argonne’s world-class community of talent. The statement of intent to nominate is due by Monday, July 22, 2019.
The awards are sponsored by Laboratory Director Paul Kearns. The Postdoctoral Program Office will oversee the selection process. Nominations will be reviewed by committees of staff members with demonstrated subject matter expertise. Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be presented at a reception in their honor tentatively scheduled for Sept. 16, during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.
Nominees must be a current divisional postdoctoral appointees at the time of nomination. Argonne Scholars (e.g., Named Fellows, Margaret Butler Fellows and Wilkinson Fellows) are not eligible. The basis of the nomination is limited to work performed at Argonne during the nominee’s postdoctoral appointment.
Nominators must submit an essay describing the candidate’s:
- Significant intellectual contributions to the nominee’s research field (as reflected in publications, patents, reports, presentations, research highlights, etc.)
- Ingenuity in problem solving (as demonstrated through development of new methods, engineering solutions or research tools with a significant impact on the research community)
- Demonstration of collaborative and leadership ability
- Significant contributions to Argonne and U.S. Department of Energy missions
The Postdoctoral Performance Awards strive to recognize the diverse array of contributions our postdocs make to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) research enterprise through fundamental discoveries and applied and engineering advancements. Research in each of the award areas may fall into, but is not limited by, the following definitions:
- Applied research seeks solutions to problems integral to Argonne’s strategic missions through the development of new materials, methods, solutions and technologies, building upon fundamental knowledge and bridging engineering advances.
- Basic research encompasses fundamental, theoretical, and discovery science that seeks understanding of systems and the creation of new knowledge.
- Engineering research takes fundamental knowledge and applied solutions to the next level through application to real-world problems, designing process improvements, and delivering final products.
Individuals who plan to submit a nomination must inform the postdoctoral program lead via email at email@example.com of their intent. The email must include the postdoc’s:
- Area of expertise
- Award category (basic, applied, or engineering research)
The statement of intent must be received by July 22, 2019. The nominator will then be asked to complete a full nomination form, ANL-1221, which includes a one-page essay supporting the basis for the nomination. The full nomination is due Aug. 5, 2019.
Review and selection of award recipients will conclude by Aug. 23, 2019, and recipients will be notified shortly thereafter.
Last year eight individuals received the Postdoctoral Performance Award. Information on previous recipients may be found here. Award recipients’ achievements reflect the positive impact postdocs have on the Laboratory’s mission to accelerate science to drive U.S. prosperity and security.
Questions and inquiries may be directed to the Postdoctoral Program Office through firstname.lastname@example.org.