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DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña swears in Dr Samson as PNRI Deputy Director on 19 October 2021.


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Honor and excellence are the bedrock of Dr. Samson's service as a scientist and government employee..

Dr. Samson is new PNRI Deputy Director

Dr. Vallerie Ann I. Samson was appointed deputy director of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI). She took her oath of office on 19 October 2021 before DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.

Dr. Samson holds the position of Associate Scientist from the DOST (detailed in PNRI) for almost two years prior to her promotion. From 2018-2020, Dr. Samson was a former assistant professor at the National Institute of Physics (NIP) at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She completed her BS and MS degrees in Physics from the NIP. She joined PNRI in 2002 and served as Science Research Specialist II under the Atomic Research Division. In 2008, she was awarded a MEXT scholarship by the Japanese government and in 2012, she completed her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tsukuba in Japan.

She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba from 2012-2014 and later joined the microXAS Beamline Project of the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland as a postdoctoral fellow from 2014-2017. In 2018, she returned to the Philippines as a DOST-Balik Scientist. After her stint in UP Diliman, she returned to PNRI as DOST-Associate Scientist.

Dr. Samson is the PNRI Lead Coordinator for the Nuclear Forensics Working Group and the Institute’s primary contact point for the nuclear S&T collaborations between the DOST-PNRI and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Australia’s nuclear agency.

Dr. Samson was recently conferred with the rank of Scientist I by the DOST and the Civil Service Commission under the Scientific Career System of the Philippine government.