POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING FOR ACADEMIC CAREERS IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Posted on November 4,

We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.  This NIH-funded program, called Tufts IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program), prepares talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Scholars spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Key features of the program are:

  • Outstanding research opportunities in cell and developmental biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, chemical biology and nutrition.
  • Development of teaching skills through mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area and workshops on teaching methods that encourage active learning.
  • Workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, and scientific presentations as well as coaching throughout the job search process.
  • Up to four years of support, plus a yearly travel and supply allowance in Years 2-4.
  • A tight-knit community of postdocs interested in academic careers plus opportunities to network with scholars in the 20 other IRACDA programs across the nation.
  • Successful job searches: We have placed 44 of our 49 alumni (90%) at institutions of higher education across the country, with 39 of these being tenure-track positions.
  • Campus locations in the Boston metropolitan area, a hub of biomedical research in academia and industry as well as a city rich in culture, sports and access to outdoor activities and extensive public transportation.

The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2022 is February 1, 2022.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. We are looking for scholars who are passionate about research, want to develop skills critical for an academic research career and to gain experience with innovative teaching practices, and are committed to increasing diversity in the academic environment.

For additional information on the Tufts IRACDA Program and application procedures, please visit our website, or contact us with your questions at [email protected]. We will have a live virtual Info Session with our Directors and scholars on November 18, from 3-5 pm. 

Tufts IRACDA encourages applications from those under-represented in biomedical research as defined by the NIH. Currently, these include, but are not limited to African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, people with disabilities and members of groups that are economically or socially disadvantaged.