The world’s most challenging and compelling scientific problems are bigger than any single organization and require collaboration to solve. PNNL’s partnerships with universities are critical to the lab’s success and benefit academic institutions around the globe.
Academic partnerships allow PNNL to tap unique resources and expertise, and cultivate the next generation of thought leaders. At the same time, universities gain access to top-flight expertise and instruments at the laboratory. PNNL is committed to collaborating with the best academic institutions and uses a variety of vehicles to facilitate research partnerships with them.
Flexible joint appointments allow scientists and engineers at PNNL and other institutions to collaborate with fellow experts in other laboratories. And scientists based in the academic world benefit from exposure to the unique resources of a national laboratory, often carrying knowledge of PNNL capabilities back to their home institutions. PNNL currently has more than 100 joint appointments with 26 partner universities and other research institutions.
PNNL offers employment opportunities for postdoctoral fellows in many fields. Working at PNNL allows recent Ph.D. recipients to develop their skills further by working on challenges alongside senior research staff, while earning competitive salary and benefits. The laboratory benefits as well: This inflow of newly minted research expertise provides a constant and welcome source of knowledge and innovation to PNNL scientists.