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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 it enables industry and government leaders to connect with and recruit from the nation’s top scientific and engineering talent. This year’s symposium will be a two-day virtual event hosted on Zoom Meetings and Microsoft Teams.

What: Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium, ANL

When: November 4th and 5th, 2021

Where: Zoom Meetings and Microsoft Teams

The event features:

  • Keynote address by Dr. Linda L. Horton
    • Dr. Linda L. Horton is the Associate Director of Science for Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC). With an annual budget of more than $2 billion, BES is the nation’s leading supporter of fundamental research in materials sciences, chemistry, geosciences, and aspects of biosciences. BES is also a major supporter of scientific user facilities, including the nation’s premier x-ray light sources, neutron scattering facilities, and nanoscale science research centers. These facilities serve over 16,000 users annually, and they provide the tools for the preparation and examination of materials and the study of their physical and chemical properties and transformations.

  • Postdoctoral research presentations
    • Recorded video presentations of technical research will be shared during and prior to the event. The attendees will have an opportunity to interact with the presenters and share ideas during scheduled sessions. Presentations will be judged by ANL scientific staff and the best presentations will be awarded.
  • Networking with company representatives
    • Symposium attendees will have an opportunity to network (virtually) with company representatives to explore future career opportunities in industry. Multiple networking sessions will take place in online meeting rooms set up for each participating company, which attendees can join by pre-registering to these sessions.
      • We will provide a list of the participating companies closer to the event date.
  • Career panel discussion featuring ANL alumni from diverse careers
    • Multiple career panel discussions featuring industry, national laboratory, academic and non-traditional career pathways. Panel sessions will consist of 5 to 6 speakers with a diverse background of industry and laboratory experiences. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the panel or submit their questions prior. A finalized list of panelists will be provided soon.
    • DOE/National Labs

      • Giselle Sandi, Deputy Division Director, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Argonne National Lab
      • Ashley Head, Associate Scientist, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Lab
      • Anibal Boscoboinik, Staff Scientist, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Lab
      • Paulina Rychenkova, Business Development Executive, Argonne National Lab
      • Paul Albertus, previous Program Director, Advanced Research Programs Agency – Energy, US Department of Energy
      • Irina Demeshko, Staff Scientist, Computational and Statistical Sciences Division, Argonne National Lab
    • Traditional Academia and R&D

      • Kiran Sasikumar, Researcher, Avant-garde Materials Simulation
      • Matt Smylie, Assistant Professor of Physics, Hofstra University
      • Sarah Phan-Budd, Associate Professor of Physics, Winona State University
      • Santanu Chaudhuri, Professor of Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
      • Badri Narayanan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville
    • Non-traditional

      • Aaron Fluitt, Senior Manager, Initiative Development, Argonne National Lab
      • Aeraj Haque, Senior Patent Agent/Patent Law Clerk, Foley & Lardner LLP
      • Jenny Morber, Freelance Science Writer and Journalist
      • Joseph Barforoush, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Avium LLC
      • James Dolan, Science Communicator, King’s College, University of Cambridge
      • David Nackashi - Chief Executive Officer, Protochips
  • Trivia Social
    • Are you the smartest of them all? Compete against your fellow attendees in a trivia showdown to see who will be crowned trivia champion. Respectful banter and socializing encouraged.

Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium

The registration deadline for non-ANL visitors is Thursday, October 21, 2021. The registration deadline for ANL staff is Monday, November 1, 2021. For any questions, please contact postdoc-​symposium@​anl.​gov.

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Symposium Website

Symposium agenda and other details can be found on the event website.