The Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (LGSP) and its predecessor programs have played a critical role for many years in helping to recruit new scientific and engineering talent to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Top Ph.D. students are granted appointments of up to four years to conduct research of interest to the Laboratory while completing their thesis.
A key feature of the program is the triad relationship between the student, the university thesis advisor, and the Laboratory technical supervisor. This team will jointly plan and execute the student’s research program. The Lab technical supervisor is a scientist or engineer and should ideally be a member of the student’s thesis committee. The LLNL technical supervisor must be a part of this team prior to student application. The student’s success and the technical benefit to LLNL depend upon the close, productive relationships of these three partners. Joint publications, which include the three members of the LGSP Team, will be the primary evidence that this relationship is working properly. The LGSP management and staff pay close attention to assuring that the student is progressing as planned through the course of the four-year appointment. Once accepted into the LGSP, the student becomes an employee of LLNL and is expected to perform the majority of his or her research at the Laboratory. Our expectation for a successful proposal is that the student will spend a minimum of 50% of the calendar year at LLNL, though scheduling is flexible. LGSP students receive a highly competitive salary. Selections are made on a competitive basis.