Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowships, LHC Theory Initiative

Fellowship ID:LHCTI-LHCTI-POSTDOC [#966]
Fellowship Title: LHC-TI Postdoctoral Fellowship
Location:Various locations, United States
Subject Areas: Physics / Theoretical Physics, HEP-Phenomenology (hep-ph)
Appl Deadline: finished (posted 2011/09/09, finished 2012/09/10, listed until 2012/09/01)

*** this fellowship has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The LHC Theory Initiative is seeking applicants for LHC-TI postdoctoral fellowships beginning in 2012 for physicists involved in LHC-related theoretical research at a US university. Applicants must have completed (or expect to complete) their PhD by Sept. 2012. Fellowship awards are for $150K for a two- or three-year period (including a fixed $10K administrative fee), and may be used for salary, fringe benefits, and other research expenses. It is anticipated that two postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.

Applications are initiated by the prospective postdoctoral fellow. Prospective fellows are required to find a host (a faculty member or other member of senior scientific staff) willing to sponsor the applicant at the host's institution.  A partial list of institutions that are willing to host LHC-TI Fellows can be found at the LHC-TI web site, located at

All application material should be submitted electronically using (AJO).

1. A cover page giving information about the applicant, and specifying the host and sponsoring institution.

2. A five-page research plan written by the applicant.

(Interested physicists should register as "applicants" for the 2012 LHC-TI Postdoctoral Fellowship on AJO, and fill out the cover page, submit their research plan and list their host and two recommenders (see below) as writers of reference letters.)

3. An endorsement letter from the applicant's host describing (a) how the applicant's plan fits into the research program of the host's institution, (b) any research or financial support that will be provided to the applicant if the applicant is awarded the fellowship, and (c) an NSF-required postdoctoral mentoring plan describing mentoring resources and activities to be undertaken during the fellowship. The endorsement letter should also include a budget in standard NSF format, specifying how the fellowship funds will be used (including at least $4K/year for (non-salary) research expenses (travel, equipment, etc.)). Note that a senior scientist may endorse only one postdoctoral fellowship application.

4. An institutional endorsement letter from the host institution specifying a start date, the duration of the fellowship (which must be a minimum of two years), and any financial or other support committed by the host institution. The endorsement letter should certify agreement to a fixed $10K administrative fee in lieu of F&A costs (overhead).

(The endorsement letter and institutional endorsement should be submitted directly to AJO by the host scientist.  Please clearly distinguish between these two documents.)

5. Two supporting letters from senior physicists not at the proposed host institution.  (The letters should be submitted directly to AJO).

Applications, host letters, and institutional endorsement letters are due by Dec. 1, 2011; supporting letters are due by Dec. 12, 2011.

Information on the LHC Theory Initiative may be found at:

and examples of possible projects may be found at: .

It is anticipated that awards will be announced by Jan. 15, 2012, and should begin after Feb. 1, 2012. The nomination of women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities is encouraged.

Note: The LHC Theory Initiative also anticipates the award of four LHC Theory Graduate Fellowships in 2012. Institutions awarded a full 2011 LHC-TI Postdoctoral Fellowship are ineligible to nominate a candidate for 2012.

This activity is sponsored by Johns Hopkins University as part of the NSF-funded LHC Theory Initiative, Jonathan Bagger, PI.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
3236 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

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