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Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program



The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) sponsors a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at a number of Naval R D centers and laboratories. The program is designed to significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy.

The NRL Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides approximately forty (40) new postdoctoral appointments per year. Fellows are competitively selected on the basis of their overall qualifications and technical proposals addressing specific areas defined by the host Navy laboratories. The selected participants will work in a unique Navy laboratory environment, while interacting with senior laboratory scientists and engineers.

As corporate research laboratory of the Navy, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) conducts a broadly based multidisciplinary program of scientific research in advanced technological development, techniques, systems, and related operational procedures. NRL is one of the largest scientific institutions within the US government.

Established in 1923, NRL still occupies its original site on the Potomac River in Washington, DC. Additional facilities are located at Stennis Space Center, MS; Monterey, CA; and other support facilities and field-experiment sites throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Current research interests focus on such areas as computer science, artificial intelligence, plasma physics, acoustics, radar, fluid dynamics, chemistry, materials science, optical sciences, condensed matter and radiation sciences, electronics science, environmental sciences, marine geosciences, remote sensing, oceanography, marine meteorology, space technology, and space sciences. Facilities include a Connection Machine computer; a high-power gyrotron laboratory; a large-aperture, high-resolution towed thermistor chain; a 4-TW accelerator; a 3-MV tandem Van de Graaff; versatile facilities for high-magnetic-field and cryogenics research; light-gas guns for studying hypervelocity impact; a 300-m3 pressurizable chamber for combustion studies; extensive facilities for studying mechanical properties of materials; a variety of gas and solid-state lasers; one of the world's largest anechoic chambers; a micro-electronics facility, molecular beam epitaxy facilities; a combined wave and wind channel; a physical acoustic center; deep ocean and shallow water instrumentation; oceanographic equipment for optical measurements; geophysical/acoustic deep-towed measurement system; a new magnetic observatory; aircraft-mounted multispectral scanner; electromagnetic sensor system; and experimental satellite development and test facilities.

NRL has a continuing need for scientists and engineers in many fields of research. For this reason, NRL conducts postdoctoral fellowship programs with the objectives of (1) providing postdoctoral scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability the opportunity for research on problems that are compatible with the interest of the Navy and (2) contributing to the overall efforts of NRL by the stimulus offered to research programs by the presence of bright, highly motivated, recent doctoral graduates.


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