Annual Postdoctoral Prize

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The JSA Annual Postdoctoral Prize for outstanding postdocs has once again been funded by JSA.

The Prize competition is run by the Users Group Board of Directors. The Prize is for funding of a research project of the candidate's choosing - in fact, the award is based (in part) on the originality and quality of this proposed research.

The Prize has been fully funded at $10,000 for 2015, and the deadline for the 2014 competition is set set for January 22, 2016, by 5 p.m. If you want to be considered, please email your complete application package to Lorelei Chopard by the deadline (see instructions below). The winner will be announced in Spring 2016.

The rules are:

  • All nominees must be within five years of graduation, and in a postdoc

or equivalent position (at JLab, a University, or a National Lab) at the time of nomination.

  • Postdocs in both experiment and theory are eligible. Previous winners

are not eligible to apply.

  • Entries should include a research statement (five page limit) and CV

by the nominee, along with three letters of reference. The research statement should describe past work and future plans and should include a preliminary budget with a total budget not to exceed $10K. All materials may be emailed in separately.

  • The competition will be judged by the Users Group Board of Directors.
  • The basis for picking the top candidate includes a record of

accomplishment in physics, a planned high impact Jefferson Lab physics program, proposed use of the research grant, and promise of further accomplishments in the Jefferson Lab research fields in the future.

  • The Prize will be in the form of a research grant. The funds can be used

for travel, supplies, or equipment in support of the proposed research plan. The research plan need not be new or independent of the candidate's current research program, but the quality and novelty of the proposed research is considered in the evaluation process.

This project is supported by the JSA Initiatives Fund Program (, a commitment from the JSA owners,SURA and PAE Applied Technologies. Initiatives Funds support programs,initiatives, and activities that further the scientific out-reach, promote the science,education and technology of the Jefferson Lab and benefit the Lab's ex-tended user community in ways that complement the Lab's basic and applied research missions

Past Postdoctoral Prize Award Winners

2015 : Raul Briceno

2014 : Zhihong Ye

2013 : Christopher Monahan

2012 : Sarah Phillips

2011 : Mark Dalton

2010 : Simona Malace

2009 : Patricia Solvignion

2008 : Bradley Sawatzky