The Panofsky Fellowship honors SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s founder and first Director, Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky. It is intended to recognize exceptional and promising young scientists who would most benefit from the unique opportunity to conduct their research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the scientific direction of the candidates is expected to have some overlap with existing programs, an emphasis will also be placed on the potential for innovation and growth of new opportunities as their career develops. The intent is to foster the creativity and high achievement to which W.K.H. Panofsky devoted himself both as a researcher and as a visionary leader in enabling fundamental science research.
The Fellowship celebrates W.K.H. Panofsky’s breadth of activities and is awarded without regard to a candidate's particular specialty within our programs. The candidate's research plan should encompass one or more areas within the general scope of the science program at SLAC:
- Accelerator science & advanced accelerator research (Bruce Dunham)
- Applied Energy research (Mark Hartney)
- Biosciences (Soichi Wakatsuki)
- Chemical science (Tony Heinz)
- Computer science (Alex Aiken)
- Elementary particle physics (JoAnne Hewett)
- High energy density matter (Siegfried Glenzer)
- Material and condensed matter science (Tom Devereaux)
- Particle astrophysics and cosmology (Risa Wechsler)
- X-ray science, including ultrafast science and advanced X-ray instrumentation, at LCLS (Mike Dunne) and SSRL (Kelly Gaffney)
Applicants are encouraged to contact the indicated program leads to find out more details about the individual SLAC research activities and the context for developing their proposed research plan as a Panofsky Fellow.
Fellowship appointments are awarded by the SLAC Director following a lab-wide selection process. Candidates should be early in their career but have demonstrated experience at the postdoctoral level and be widely recognized as having potential for exceptional scholarship, breadth, innovation, and leadership. The appointment carries a five-year term at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, with salary and benefits commensurate with the experience of the candidate and generous research support including funding for a postdoctoral researcher. Since the Fellowship's inception in 1989, Panofsky Fellows have gone on to play important roles in their fields as members of the Faculty and Staff of prominent institutions and are eligible for continuing appointment at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.