Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience - UT Austin Provost’s Early Career Program

Austin, Texas
competitive salary
Feb 02, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Position Type

The Department of Neuroscience at UT Austin is recruiting an early-career fellow as part of the UT Austin Early Career Cohort Fellowship Program. We are seeking candidates who are committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through innovations in mentoring, education, and outreach. Candidates may be advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or early career faculty in any area of neuroscience. Fellows will receive at least 2 years of mentored research training and career development at UT. Fellows will develop strong professional networks within UT and beyond, and acquire strong competency in grant writing, lab management, and other areas necessary for success as an independent PI. For scientific training, fellows will select two research mentors, one from among the faculty of the Department of Neuroscience and second from any department at UT Austin. Fellows will conduct research jointly in these two labs. In addition, fellows will receive formal support, mentorship, and career development training from a faculty steering committee that includes representatives from within UT and world-renowned faculty from other universities. At the end of the training period, fellows will be well prepared to succeed as independent investigators and to apply for tenure-track assistant professor positions that are planned in support of the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

Fellows will be appointed within the Department of Neuroscience, but they will also join a community of approximately 20 incoming Provost’s Early Career Fellows who are similarly focused on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are training in different departments across the university. Throughout the duration of the program, Fellows will also participate in university-wide training provided by the Provost’s Office to further develop the skills to build a unique research and teaching portfolio.

The Department of Neuroscience has strengths of learning and memory, addiction, ion channel structure/function, computational/theory and perceptual systems. The department also has close ties with the Dell Medical School providing many opportunities for collaborations with translational researchers in Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. The University of Texas at Austin has strong and interactive research programs in Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer and Computational Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology, with an established culture of cross disciplinary collaboration.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We greatly value multiculturalism and diversity. Women and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For more information on campus diversity initiatives visit: Austin is widely recognized as one of America’s most beautiful and livable cities, and the University recognizes the need to balance work and life. For information about the University’s life and work policies, including family friendly policies, visit:

The funding package that Fellows receive includes a competitive stipend of $67,000/year with fringe benefits and relocation funds. In addition, $10,000/year will be provided for research, travel and professional development.


Applicants must be awarded Ph.D prior to start of the Fellowship.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio (

i) a brief cover letter (max 1 page) summarizing research contributions, providing contact information, identifying 2-4 potential research mentors, and outlining potential research interests that could be pursued during the fellowship.

(ii) a CV (max 5 pages)

(iii) a research statement (max 3 pages). This should be a combination of past, ongoing, and future research and should specifically highlight the research areas the candidate would like to develop during the fellowship

(iv) a diversity statement (max 2 pages) addressing past and potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service

(v) up to 3 reprints/preprints in one pdf document

(vi) names of three individuals who will write letters of recommendation. Note that letters are not required for initial consideration; candidates will be notified if letters are needed.

For additional information about the department, visit We are a vibrant and inclusive community, and we seek candidates who are interested in contributing to diversity and equal opportunity within higher education.


Applications are due March 1, 2021, and can be found on Interfolio ( For more details, please contact Dr. Michael Drew in the Department of Neuroscience ( and/or Dr. Lydia Contreras (Provost Office).

Interviews will be conducted in March 2021 and applicants will be informed if they are awarded fellowships by the end of April 2021. Fellows are expected to start in September 2021 with some flexibility for moving and transition needs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.