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CBS Launches New Post-Doc Program

The CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program focuses on the potential to bridge disciplines.

A new CBS post-doctoral program designed to expand multidisciplinary collaboration will launch this winter. The college will begin accepting applications from post-doctoral associates interested in working with two or more faculty advisors (one of them must be a CBS faculty member) on projects that address major societal challenges in November. The CBS Grand Challenges in Biology Postdoctoral Program is part of a larger effort by the University to bring researchers from different fields together to address “grand challenges” connected to the environment and health.

"Post-doctoral researchers have experience doing independent research, but they are still in a training stage of their career," says CBS Dean Valery Forbes. "They know they can’t simply continue along the same lines as their Ph.D. theses and so are in a prime position to branch out into new areas. They can bring different kinds of expertise, methods and approaches together in new ways with the support of faculty advisors working in different areas."

Over the course of the two-year fellowships, post-doctoral associates will participate in grant proposal development workshops and other professional development activities offered at the University. They can also serve as principal investigators on grant proposals. The program will fund up to six post-doctoral researchers at a time.

CBS faculty members are encouraged to recruit potential candidates for these positions via their professional networks. Additional details are forthcoming, and the application deadline is scheduled for early February.