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Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium

The Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium is an annual event that showcases the research of postdoctoral researchers and advanced graduate students.

The symposium promotes collaboration through networking, and enables industry and government leaders to connect with and recruit from the nation’s top scientific and engineering talent.

The event features:

  • Keynote address by Valerie Taylor (MCS Division Director)
  • Postdoctoral research poster presentations
  • Networking with company representatives
  • Career panel discussion featuring alumni from diverse careers:

    • Prasanna Balaprakash, Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
    • Chad Husko (tentative), Founder and CEO, Iris Light Technologies
    • Casey Larsen, Assistant Professor, Benedictine University
    • Jonnathan Medina Ramos, Staff Scientist, Flinn Scientific
    • Dolly Batra, RD&E Group Leader, Polymer Research, Nalco Water-an Ecolab Company

The full working agenda can be viewed here.

If you have specific questions for the career panelists to answer, please fill out the form here. We will select some of your questions for the panelists to answer, in addition to the open Q&A during the event.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors, Materials Development, Inc. (MDI)Nalco Water - an Ecolab Company, and The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC)!

Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium

Thank you to all our participants, panelists, and speakers at the 2019 Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium!


Postdocs and graduate students may register as attendees only or may sign up to give a poster presentation.

Poster presentations

The Symposium seeks abstracts for poster presentations that are aligned with Argonne’s goal of addressing vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security through multidisciplinary science and engineering. Abstracts are to be submitted at the time of registration. Please review the abstract instructions to ensure proper formatting. See the poster guidelines for formatting requirements, sample judging rubric and tips for designing and presenting posters.

For more information, please submit inquiries to postdoc-​symposium@​anl.​gov.

Resume Submission

A resume file will be compiled for distribution to industry exhibitors and sponsors. If you would like your resumé included, please fill out the resume template and e-mail it to postdoc-​symposium@​anl.​gov with the subject line resume_yourname”.

Participating Companies and Organizations

Join Us

Argonne National Laboratory’s postdoctoral program draws top talent from virtually every science and engineering discipline, including mathematics and computer sciences, and gives PhD scientists and engineers an excellent opportunity to kickstart their careers. With close to 300 postdoctoral researchers at various stages of their appointments, Argonne offers a unique opportunity for our partners in industry, government and academia to collaborate and connect with the next generation of innovators.

A nominal fee of $200 is requested for company participants. This fee includes: 

  • Exhibit booth space for up to two representatives
  • Networking lunch with symposium attendees
  • Resume file of participating postdoctoral researchers and graduate students
  • Space for on-site interviews