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The Peoples Fellowship was created at Fermilab with the goal of attracting outstanding accelerator scientists early in their careers, both to enhance Fermilab’s capabilities in accelerator science and related technologies, and to train and develop the accelerator scientists and technologists who will carry our field forward in the future. The Peoples Fellows program targets entry-level accelerator physicists, specialists in accelerator technologies, and high energy physics researchers who wish to embark on a new career in accelerator physics or technology. Candidates with demonstrated potential for leadership are preferred.

Peoples Fellows have extraordinary latitude in choosing their research activities and are provided with significant research support. Current areas of research that are of interest at Fermilab include (but are not limited to): high intensity proton beams, high intensity neutrino sources, muon storage rings, superconducting magnets and materials, superconducting RF, linear colliders, high luminosity hadron and lepton colliders, beam-beam effects and their compensation, accelerator controls and feedback, instrumentation, high power targetry, advanced beam cooling methods and technologies, computational physics, and modeling.

Fermilab seeks Peoples Fellows candidates with outstanding credentials who have the potential to be leaders of the field.


Candidates must either:

  • Have received within the prior five years a Ph.D. in accelerator physics or accelerator-related technology.


  • Have received within the prior five years a Ph.D. in high energy physics or a related field with interest in an accelerator related field.

Some postdoctoral experience (or equivalent) is desired, but not required.

Potential candidates who do not meet the above criteria but have extenuating circumstances may be considered. Please contact the Committee Chair.

Term of Appointment

The initial term of the Fellowship is for three years and can be considered for an extension of an additional two years. This is a tenure-track position, and at the end of the term, a Peoples Fellow would be eligible for promotion to a permanent position (Scientist).