#UCDavis New Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship

New BiologyPostdoctoral Fellowship

College of Biological Sciences

UC Davis

The College of Biological Science at UC Davis invites applications for the New Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship program that brings outstanding young researchers to campus to conduct highly integrative research addressing major societal challenges. Fellows will have a home in a sponsoring CBS laboratory and will conduct research that leverages the tools and approaches represented by at least one additional laboratory at UC Davis.

A 2011 report by the National Research Council champions the power of deep integration of traditionally distinct research approaches and methods. The essence of the New Biology, as defined by this report, is integration – re-integration of the many sub-disciplines of biology, and the integration into biology of physicists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to create a research community with the capacity to tackle a broad range of scientific and societal problems.

Application: Interested early career individuals should establish communications with at least one host laboratory in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences (http://biosci3.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/) and a second bridge laboratory from throughout the UC Davis community that can be from CBS or any other campus department. Eligibility is restricted to individuals who have the Ph.D. degree and will have completed no more than three years of postdoctoral training at the time of this appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes names and addresses of three letter writers, with their CV, statement of research accomplishments (1-2 pages) and a project summary of not more than 4 pages describing the research goals, the proposed integration of approaches, and explains how the work will lead to progress on a major societal challenge in nutrition, energy, health or the environment. Applications must be made electronically at: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00328.

Duration: Fellows are awarded a two year appointment.

Duties of the Fellow: In addition to conducting new research, the fellow would engage the community at UCD on three levels throughout the term of the fellowship:

  1. The fellow would give a research seminar near the inception of their tenure as an introduction of themselves and their research to the life sciences community at UCD.
  2. During the course of their tenure the fellow would offer a workshop or discussion series aimed at graduate students and others involving the transferal of new methods, tools, techniques or concepts to the UCD community. This might take the form of a focused workshop to demonstrate the utility of new analytical techniques or a more distributed discussion group that stretched over the course of fellow’s tenure. This activity will be defined in collaboration with the primary host PI and normally will take place during the second year of the postdoc.
  3. The fellow would engage the non-academic community in some form of public outreach activity. This could be a lecture aimed at the general public, an outreach event at local schools, picnic day, etc.

Together with the development of a fellow’s research program these three activities will help prepare the fellow for the multiple demands of academic life: research, teaching, and outreach.

Salary and Research Support: Awardees will be paid a salary of $50,000 per year ($34K from CBS, $8K from the hosting department, and $4K from each of the two sponsoring faculty members plus 17.45% for benefits and GAEL). While some research infrastructure will be supported by the host labs, to allow the scholar to pursue his or her research independent of grant funding from the host labs, a $10,000 per year research and travel budget will be provided by the college.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Ph.D. in biological sciences or related field at the time of appointment (but not necessarily at the time of nomination, as we would want to consider very recent PhDs.)
  2. Publication and prior research record that shows strong evidence of independent thinking and “superstar” potential
  3. Proposed research agenda / project that capitalizes on different research strengths of the two sponsoring faculty at UC Davis.
  4. Eligibility is restricted to individuals who have the Ph.D. degree and will have completed no more than three years of postdoctoral training at the time of this appointment.

EFFECTIVE: August 5, 2014



About Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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