Young Investigator Awards

The LCLS Young Investigator Award recognizes contributions from scientists in the early stages of their research career for exceptional research performed with the LCLS X-ray free-electron laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Candidates must have been awarded their PhD less than 6 years before the annual SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting at which the award is given and be employed no higher than Assistant Professor level at the time of nomination. Nominations are invited from across the user community in advance of the Users' Meeting, with a winner selected by the LCLS User Executive Committee. The winner is invited to present at the SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting, and receives their award from the LCLS Director.

Nominate a candidate for the Young Investigator Award

Past Winners

2021 LCLS Young Investigator Award: Aditya Sood

Aditya Sood, a research scientist with the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has received the 2021 LCLS Young Investigator Award for his work combining materials science with ultrafast physics. The award celebrates early-career scientists who perform noteworthy research using SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser.

Alongside fellow finalists Yanwen Sun, Siqi Li, and Haiwang Yong, Dr. Sood presented on "Uncovering electrically driven phase transitions using ultrafast operando diffraction" at the 2021 SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting.

2020 LCLS Young Investigator Award: Elisa Biasin

2019 LCLS Young Investigator Award: Matteo Mitrano

2018 LCLS Young Investigator Award: Tais Gorkhover

2017 First LCLS Young Investigator Award: Kasper Kjaer