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NextProf Nexus 2019 Atlanta, GA Oct. 2-5

NextProf Nexus is a three-day program that is part of a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders in engineering. This preeminent event is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for a faculty position in academia.  

Join a select cohort of diverse engineering Ph.D. students, recent doctoral graduates and top faculty and deans from around the country. NextProf Nexus is designed to encourage academic careers from traditionally underrepresented U.S. demographic groups and  is open to individuals of any ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, veteran status, socio economic status, first generation to college status, and religion. 

We strongly encourage women and traditionally underrepresented groups at U.S. institutions who are senior-level Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers or early-career scientists and researchers in the field of engineering to apply.  

Attendees will leave NextProf with a clear understanding of the academic job market and how to navigate the rigors of first faculty positions.

For more information and the application see their website. Applications are due June 10 at 5 PM ET.



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2019 Tell Every Amazing Lady (T.E.A.L.®) Medical Research and Awareness Program Beneficiary RFP

The Tell Every Amazing Lady® About Ovarian Cancer Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation 2019 Medical Research Program offers funding in support of ovarian cancer research studies that are most aligned with that mission as determined by the T.E.A.L.® board of directors and scientific advisory board. 

The mission of T.E.A.L.® is to promote public awareness of and education about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of ovarian cancer,  provide support to survivors, and raise funds for research in order to find a cure. 

In 2019, T.E.A.L.® will award one-year grants of up to $40,000. Project costs must be thoroughly outlined in the budget portion of the application, and grants cannot be applied to indirect costs or salary.  Learn more about T.E.A.L.® and apply to become a T.E.A.L.® Research Beneficiary.

Deadline for proposals is May 31, 2019.



CPRIT TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Research

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a post-doctoral program providing unique training in clinical and translational research. The immediate goal of our program is to recruit talented, productive, well-trained PhDs and train them through didactic course work as well as clinical rotations and a unique mentorship to pursue clinical and/or translational research.  A long-term goal of this program is to produce scientists who can be paired with suitable physician scientists to co-PI a research laboratory.

The CPRIT TRIUMPH Program is a three-year training program. The first year, postdoctoral fellows participate in a series of didactic clinical course work offered at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School (GSBS), MD Anderson Cancer Center, or the UTHealth McGovern School of Medicine and strategically matched clinical rotations, while pursuing research in a basic or translational research laboratory. Second and third year fellows are co-mentored by a basic science/translational scientist mentor and a physician/clinical scientist mentor on clinical/translational research projects. The expectation for our post-docs is that by the end of their 3-year training, they will have first authored manuscripts high impact journals. Our multidisciplinary training program will award a certificate upon completion.

Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next cycle due dates of December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Additional information regarding eligibility, application process, and current trainees and program alumni profiles are found on their website. Please contact Dr. Kari Brewer Savannah, Program Manager, with any questions.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - Distinguished Staff Fellowship Program

ORNL is the largest and most diverse science and energy laboratory in the US Department of Energy (DOE) system. ORNL’s Distinguished Staff Fellowship Program plays a vital role in ensuring the accomplishment of the Laboratory’s mission of delivering scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs needed to realize solutions in energy and national security and provide economic benefit to the nation.

The goal of the Distinguished Staff Fellowship Program is to identify and develop future ORNL leaders in science and technology. The Program offers early-career scientists and engineers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to conduct world-class research at a premier institution, providing generous support as the Fellows initiate long-term careers at the Laboratory.

ORNL’s strategic research areas for this round of the Program include:

  • Accelerating the discovery and design of new materials and chemical processes for energy
  • Scaling computing and data analytics to exascale and beyond
  • Advancing the science and impact of neutrons
  • Advancing the scientific basis for breakthrough nuclear technologies and systems
  • Advancing the understanding of complexity in biological and environmental systems
  • Enhancing strategic capabilities in isotope R&D and production
  • Accelerating R&D and manufacturing of integrated energy systems
  • Delivering science and technology to address complex security challenges

We are also expanding our research efforts in the following areas:

  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Quantum Materials and Information Sciences
  • Quantitative Biology and Genome Security
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Applicants must have received their doctoral degree in a science or engineering field before their start date and can be no more than five years beyond receiving their highest technical degree at the date of application submission. Current ORNL postdoctoral researchers and ORNL staff members are not eligible to apply. For more information regarding the Wigner, Weinberg, and Russell Fellowships available through the ORNL Distinguished Staff Fellowships Program, please visit our website.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 29, 2019


CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology.

A panel of scientists drawn from our Scientific Advisory Council rigorously evaluates each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

The Institute seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology. The applicant and sponsor should make every effort to demonstrate the potential of the proposed studies to directly impact our understanding of the immune system’s role in cancer.

Learn more about the fellowship, including financial information and eligibility requirements on

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2019 and October 1, 2019, at 5:00PM Eastern time.


Wenner-Gren Foundation:  Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships

By providing funds for scholars to devote themselves full-time to writing, the Wenner-Gren Foundation aims to enable a new generation of scholars to publish significant works that will impact the development of anthropology. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are nonrenewable and provide  $40,000 of financial support for 12 months of continuous, full time writing.  For full details regarding the fellowships, including eligibility and the application process, visit the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship site on the Wenner-Gren Foundation website.

Deadline for application is May 1, 2019.


 Novartis Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship

At Novartis, we are committed to training the next generation of scientific leaders. The Novartis Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship offers aspiring drug hunters a unique opportunity to join our teams at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), the innovation engine of Novartis. Mentored by NIBR scientific leaders, Innovation Fellows will gain first-hand experience in the design and development of breakthrough therapies and innovative technologies. We are looking for Innovation Fellows who will bring their scientific creativity and natural curiosity to tackle important therapeutic challenges. Join us as we reimagine medicine together.

Program highlights

  • Program duration:  2-3 years
  • Boot camp: Innovation Fellows will attend a fully immersive boot camp covering the fundamentals of drug discovery and development
  • Mentorship & access to technology: Innovation Fellows will have access to NIBR state-of-the-art technology platforms and be mentored by selected NIBR scientific leaders
  • Rotations: Innovation Fellows will benefit from a tailored rotation schedule in both scientific and business-related disciplines
  • Fireside chats with local leaders in academia and industry
  • Community: Innovation Fellows will join Discovery Fellows in our vibrant postdoctoral community with dedicated events, including our annual Research Day Symposium

Who are the Innovation Fellows?

  • Early-career scientists, within 3 years of receiving their MD and/or PhD (students in their last 4 months of graduation are eligible to apply)
  • All scientific and technical disciplines welcome (e.g. biology, biophysics, chemical biology, chemistry, computational and data sciences, engineering, and more)
  • Strong publication track record or other scientific achievements 
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and boundless curiosity
  • Dedicated to translating scientific discoveries into medicines that improve human health

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV and cover letter by May 1, 2019 for consideration. Include a potential area of unmet medical need where you believe you could make an impact.  Apply on the Novartis careers website.
  • All applications will be evaluated by a review team comprised of discipline experts and drug hunters from NIBR. 
  • Candidates selected as finalists will be invited to our Cambridge, MA campus for an all-day interview in June 2019. New Innovation Fellows will start in September 2019 at our Cambridge site.

Deadline for application is May 1, 2019.


 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships in Israel for U.S. Citizens

The Fulbright United States - Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) is looking for the brightest and most innovative scholars planning to pursue research in Israel.  The grants, which will commence during the 2020/21 academic year, are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work in Israel for up to 20 months (two academic years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022).

Applicants may seek additional funding available from the following host institutions:

  • Weizmann Institute for Science
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Bar Ilan University
  • University of Haifa
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • The Volcani Center, Agricultural Research Organization

Direct questions regarding assistance with identifying suitable host institutions or contacts to Noa Turgemen at USIEF, and review full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, on the USIEF website.

Apply by September 16, 2019.



National Postdoctoral Association

Visit the NPA website to find postdoc positions across the United States.

Science Careers

Created by the journal Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Careers posts job opportunities worldwide and in the US for postdocs, plus career advice and events.