We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. This program, called IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program), is funded by the IRACDA mechanism of NIH-NIGMS.
This NIGMS-funded program is designed to prepare 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. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area. The training is further supplemented by workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, scientific presentations, and responsible conduct of research as well as on teaching methods that encourage active learning. The training components are sequenced to allow scholars to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. The first year of support for IRACDA scholars is provided by the faculty research mentor and then up to three years of support, plus a yearly travel and supply allowance, comes from the IRACDA Program. Annual salary levels match the NIH postdoctoral stipend levels.
The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2020 is March 1, 2020. Later applications will be considered if positions are available.
For additional information on the Tufts IRACDA Program and application procedures, please visit our website at https://gsbs.tufts.edu/academics/TuftsIRACDA
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. Commitment to the goals of the program, strong academic and research credentials and an interest in teaching, mentoring, and active citizenship will be important criteria used in the selection process. Applicants may have no more than 2 completed years of postdoctoral experience at the time of program entrance.
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.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify the research mentor prior to the application process, and to discuss this choice with the Program Director. Candidates may also apply to Tufts IRACDA without having designated a mentor by the application deadline and work with the Program Director to select someone appropriate for their research interests. In the 2020 cycle these applications will be reviewed only if a mentor has been finalized by the time of the Advisory Committee meeting, which is typically about three weeks after the application deadline of March 1, or if positions open up later in the year.
The NIH and Tufts IRACDA encourage applications from those currently 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.