National Centers for Systems Biology

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Center for Modular Biology (Harvard University)

Bauer Fellows Program
The mainstay of the Center for Modular Biology is the Bauer Fellows program. The fellows are selected based on their ability, their drive to explore new fields, and their willingness to collaborate. Their backgrounds are in molecular and cellular biology, evolutionary biology, theoretical and computational biology, physics or chemistry. They are young researchers, usually straight from graduate school or a short postdoc in a different field, with full PI rights for a period of 5 years. They have daily contact with each other, and dedicated mentoring from the Center’s director (Murray), the director of the FAS Center for Systems Biology (O’Shea), and a formal mentoring committee whose composition is different for each fellow and always includes faculty from a variety of backgrounds. We made the Bauer Fellows Program the core of the Center for Modular Biology for several reasons: many of the best scientists in new fields like systems biology emerge at an early stage of their careers; the obligations of large labs, like university and community service, make it hard for many faculty to devote the concerted time and energy to an interdisciplinary program; the fellows’ youth and willingness to enter fields where they lack a track record make it extremely hard for them to obtain RO1 funding making a mechanism like the NIGMS National Centers for Systems Biology pivotal in ensuring its continuing success.

Center for Quantitative Biology (Princeton University)

Lewis-Sigler Fellows
The scientific goals of the Lewis-Sigler Institute at Princeton University require new approaches to studying the properties of living organisms. To promote innovation and creativity, the Institute provides very generous salary and research support for early career scientists at the beginning of their independent research careers. The intent of this program is to release these scientists from the requirement to raise their own grant support, and to encourage risk taking in their research. In addition, the Lewis-Sigler Fellows play an important role in the undergraduate teaching mission of the Institute, developing the laboratory components and running the precepts for the new integrated science courses. This Program is used to attract early career scientists to the Institute with diverse backgrounds and exceptional promise, people who will eventually populate the new interdisciplinary field of integrative genomics. They are largely drawn from the ranks of recent Ph.D. graduates, and conduct their independent research under the mentorship of the Institute. Appointments are for a non-renewable term of 5 years.

The Institute provides an exceptional, one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary environment and research funds for these term appointments.

Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology (UC San Francisco)

Systems Biology Fellows Program
Independent Systems Biology Fellows are a central component of the NIGMS-funded UCSF Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, which aims to break down boundaries in establishing new approaches to biology, as well as new applications of biology. Given that UCSF lacks many of the traditional math, physics, and engineering departments, we established the Systems Biology Fellow program as a mechanism to bring in outstanding young scientists from non-traditional, non-biological backgrounds into the strong medical and biology-oriented community at UCSF. Fellows are exceptionally creative and independent individuals with backgrounds in engineering, physics, mathematics and computer science, who are dedicated to applying quantitative approaches to the study of complex biological systems. Fellows are free to pursue their own research interests and/or to collaborate with any UCSF faculty of interest, also serving to better integrate our Center within the broader community. The Fellows also have close interactions with UCSF’s iPQB graduate program harboring three tracks in Biophysics, Bioinformatics, and Complex Biological Systems. The focus of the Fellows positions is primarily on creative computational and theoretical approaches to biological problems. Nonetheless, fellows are immersed in outstanding experimental environments, presented with the opportunity to work in wet labs through collaboration, in addition to having access to UCSF’s world-class shared experimental facilities. Initial appointments are for three years.

San Diego Center for Systems Biology (UC San Diego)

A key new mechanism for Center integration is the SDCSB Systems Biology Postdoctoral Fellows Program, which will establish a significant new Mesa-wide postdoctoral training program in Systems Biology with a steady state of 15 Systems Biology Fellows. Systems Biology Fellows will have two faculty advisors, at least one of whom must be a member of the SDCSB. For the inaugural batch, SDCSB faculty members have identified outstanding post-docs in their labs to serve as Fellows for the first year. In later years, Fellows applications will be solicited on an annual basis, with existing Systems Biology Fellows allowed to compete for renewal on an equal footing with new applications.

We will seek high visibility for this program in appropriate scientific journals and annual meetings. It will be open to faculty co-sponsors from across the Torrey Pines Mesa including UCSD, the Salk Institute, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Scripps Research Institute. Applications will be solicited that consist of an NIH biosketch, a letter of support from both faculty advisors and a two-page research plan. Applications will be reviewed and selected by the SDCSB Steering Committee. Applications will be judged on their potential for groundbreaking science and synergy across mentors. Fellows will be expected to present at the SDCSB Annual Retreat and the weekly research meeting and journal club. The SDCSB will also organize a variety of training activities for Fellows and other post-docs, including seminars on grant writing, data presentation and career development both inside and out of academia. Fellows will be required to spend 20 hours each year on SDCSB-related outreach activities. These can be activities that are organized by the SDCSB or activities proposed by the Fellow and approved by the SDCSB.

Center for Systems Biology (Institute for Systems Biology)

Biotechnology Fellowship.  ISB transfers knowledge to society in multiple ways, and this is enhanced by the Center.  ISB has spun off several companies, including “Accelerator Corporation”, an “incubator” for start-up companies developing novel technologies.  In 2006 the Center established an innovative Biotechnology Fellowship with Accelerator to provide a unique training opportunity for ISB research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, or graduate students interested in biotechnology, and the process of marketing new technologies.  The Fellows allocate 10% of their time to work directly with Accelerator scientists and investors from the Seattle biotechnology community. The program provides Fellows connections to the biotechnology community, significant for their future career development.

Chicago Center for Systems Biology

CCSB Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
The Center seeks highly qualified, doctoral scientists for postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), with support from The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. The Center is based at The University of Chicago with participating investigators from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Postdoctoral fellowships will be available to support work that studies the principles that transcriptional regulatory networks share as they respond to different types of environmental and genetic variation. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D and/or M.D with a strong publication record in genomics and molecular biology. Fellows will be required to identify a primary mentor among the Center core leaders. In addition, they will be encouraged to identify a second mentor who is affiliated with the Center at another CBC site in Chicago. In this way, fellows will serve as effective bridges between different laboratories and will help further the Center’s interdisciplinary goal.

Duke Center for Systems Biology

Postdoctoral Fellowships
The DCSB faculty welcome applications for postdoctoral fellows to participate in the high-profile interdisciplinary research of the center. A fellowship will be associated to a center research project, and thus allow a fellow a chance to interact with more than one faculty member in a significant collaboration. Applicants are expected to be competitive candidates for future faculty or research positions at prominent universities and companies. Women and members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.  To apply, please email the DCSB faculty member that you are interested in working with.

Visiting Scholars
The DCSB invites proposals for short-term visitors. Visitors will reside on-site for the appointment period, which can range from a few days to a few months. Research proposals can address any aspect of systems biology, but we have a strong preference for collaborative projects that engage members of our group. Applications should include CV, brief research proposal (two pages), and cover letter stating proposed dates and rationale for the visit. More information on applying can be found here.

New Mexico Center for Spatiotemporal Modeling

The STMC offers one year fellowships, renewable once, for postdoctoral fellows in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences whose research integrates cell biology, new technology and modeling to improve understanding of cell signaling pathways and membrane organization in the context of human disease, especially inflammatory diseases and cancer. These fellowships are restricted to postdocs whose mentors are STMC members or are willing to become active participants in the STMC. STMC postdoctoral fellowships provide 0.5 FTE support on the NIH scale. Mentors must provide assurance that the other 0.5 FTE support is available. Mentors may be UNM faculty or national laboratory scientists with adjunct appointments at UNM.

Additional fellowships for technology-intensive postdocs are available through the complementary Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center whose co-PIs, J. Oliver and A. Datye, are respectively the STMC PI and the Director of the UNM Center for Microengineered Materials (CMEM). Again, the grant provides 0.5 FTE support on the NIH scale and Mentors must provide assurance that the other 0.5 FTE support is available. Mentors may be UNM faculty or national laboratory scientists.

Systems Biology Center New York (SBCNY)

SBCNY Postdoctoral Fellowships
SBCNY Postdoctoral Fellowships
: support the training of postdoctoral fellows who conduct collaborative research between the laboratories of SBCNY investigators and non-participating faculty members. The projects must include integration of experimental and theoretical components and have a “Systems Biology” approach. Such fellowships will last typically one year, but in exceptional circumstances a second year may be considered.

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowships:  support visiting postdoctoral fellows up to three months at the Center. SBCNY will provide partial support for the visits to defray housing and living expenses. The goal of the visits will depend on the individual and can take one of two formats: a) develop the researcher’s projects with the complementary resources (either experimental or theoretical) or b) allow the researcher to participate in one of the ongoing projects within the Center.