Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computational Molecular Biology

Paul Hardy phardy at
Wed Oct 1 14:09:37 EST 1997

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
     U.S. Department of Energy
     Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computational Molecular Biology
     (Round III)
     The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy 
     believe that a nexus with exceptional scientific potential is
     between the powerful theoretical and practical tools of molecular 
     biology and the revolutionary power of modern computational 
     techniques. However, too few scientists possess the
     skills in both molecular biology and computation that are needed to 
     further such advances. 
     The purpose of these fellowships is to catalyze career transitions 
     into computational molecular biology from physics, mathematics, 
     computer science, chemistry, and related fields. Ideal candidates
     have strong educational backgrounds in such fields and wish to
     these backgrounds to bear upon computational molecular research 
     questions. In exceptional cases, we will also consider applications 
     from more traditional biological orientations in transition to 
     computational molecular biology. Applicants already firmly rooted
     computational molecular biology, or who are proposing to continue 
     pursuit of research undertaken for their Ph.D.s, may be more 
      appropriate candidates for other postdoctoral opportunities. 
     This postdoctoral program is designed to give computationally 
     sophisticated young scientists an intensive postdoctoral
     in an appropriate molecular biology laboratory. We particularly
     to encourage applications from those holding doctorates in 
     mathematics, physics, computer science, chemistry, or other
     fields who would like to develop the capacity to apply their 
     computational sophistication to the complex problems that
     face molecular biology. 
     The focus of this program is upon computational molecular biology 
     related to data and information from studies of human and other 
     genomes. Computational molecular biology is taken broadly to
     the application of mathematics (continuous and discrete),
     probability, and computer science to fundamental problems of
     biology. The goal is to foster interactions between the
     and biological sciences and to provide rigorous training for 
     scientists in this new interdisciplinary area. Of special interest
     important problems in structural biology and genome analysis, 
     including analysis of protein and nucleic acid sequence, protein
     nucleic acid structure, genome structure and maps, cross-species 
     genome analysis, multi-genic traits, and structure-function 
     relationships where the structures are from genomes, genes, or gene 
     Applications will be reviewed by:
     Philip P. Green, University of Washington
     Barry Honig, Columbia University
     Leroy E. Hood, University of Washington
     Michael Levitt, Stanford University
     Michael S. Waterman, University of Southern California 
     Awards will support up to two years of research work in an
     molecular biology department or laboratory in the U.S. or Canada 
     selected by the applicant. The principal selection criteria will be 
     the potential of the applicant and the proposed postdoctoral
     and training plan for furthering rigorous computational approaches
     analysis of important molecular biological problems, both
     and empirical. The capabilities of the proposed laboratory and
     scientist in computational molecular research, and support for the 
     postdoctoral research by the senior scientist (department chair or 
     laboratory director) will be an important  element considered in 
     selection. In addition, where possible, applicants are encouraged
     seek a secondary faculty sponsor from the mathematical/computer 
     sciences sector of the same campus.  Only one proposal per
     will be considered, and a senior scientist should endorse only one 
     applicant for this competition. 
     There are no formal application forms needed for this program. 
     Further details and application procedures are as follows: 
     Number, Starting Date and Grant Period: 
     Up to 10 fellowships will be granted during 1998, each with a total 
     budget of $100,000 (including indirect and overhead costs, which 
     together will be limited to 15% of direct costs). These funds are
     be spread over a grant period of two years ($50,000 per year). 
     Selections for this third round will be announced in May, 1998. 
     Funding may begin any time after September 1, 1998. 
     -$42,000 per year to Fellow, inclusive of benefits.
     -$ 1,500 per year in research expenses to be allocated at
     discretion of the Fellow.
     -Institutional overhead of up to 15% of direct costs.
     Fellow - Applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents
     the United States. Ph.D. earned within the past 5 years or expected
     June, 1998, in mathematics, physics, computer science, chemistry or 
     other relevant fields. (Initiation of postdoc requires completion
     Ph.D.) Applications to extend an existing postdoc cannot be 
     Institution - Non-profit private or public institution of higher 
     education or research, located in the United States or Canada. 
     Applicant must make formal arrangements with a senior scientist
     laboratory director) at the institution where the postdoctoral 
     fellowship would be held before applying for the award. 
     Materials Needed for Application:
     From Applicant (8 copies, fully collated):
     Cover Page, including:
     - Applicant's name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail -
     current department and institution 
     - Title of proposed postdoctoral research project and institution
     which it would be conducted (including mail and email addresses
     telephone and fax numbers) 
     - Planned starting date of postdoctoral fellowship 
     - Applicant's Ph.D. granting institution and year of receipt (or
     realistically expected) 
     - Brief educational history indicating the year and institution
     graduate study and of any postdoctoral research
     - Laboratory, department and institution in which
     fellowship would be held 
     - Name, address and telephone of senior scientist 
     - Names, addresses, telephone numbers, etc., of references
     Abstract of proposed research (not to exceed 300 words) 
     Proposed research/training plan describing scientific importance of 
     subject, with considerable specificity as to analytic methods and
     to be employed, and reason for choice of proposed sponsoring
     and institution (with a firm maximum of 1,500 words, including 
     selected citations). 
     If desired, copies of up to two reprints may be attached to each 
     collated copy of proposal. 
     Statement of applicant's reasons for interest in computational 
     molecular biology, current career goals, and potential role of 
     postdoctoral fellowship in attaining such goals (ca. 250 words). 
     A summary of the major findings of the applicant's dissertation 
     research (250 words). 
     Curriculum vitae including educational background, topic of
     dissertation, positions held to date, scientific awards and grants 
     received citing source, duration and amount (direct costs),full 
     titles, and references of all publications. 
     Formal institutional endorsement of proposal may be included, but
     not required unless and until a formal award offer has been made. 
     A stamped, self-addressed postcard (if applicant desires) to
     that application materials have been received (allow at least 3
     for processing; no telephone calls, please). 
     All applications should be final and complete; no substitutions or 
     From Sponsoring Senior Scientist (8 copies, fully collated): 
     Letter of agreement to host and supervise the research of
     applicant, including any necessary institutional clearances, e.g. 
     animal experimentation, human subjects, recombinant DNA, etc. 
     must include qualitative comments concerning scientific merit of 
     proposed research and training plan. 
     Brief description (500 words) of current research, sources of
     relevance of applicant's proposed research, and personnel with whom 
     applicant would work. 
     Curriculum vitae including educational background, current and
     positions, scientific awards and grants received citing source, 
     duration and amount (direct costs), full titles and references of 
     publications related to computational molecular biology. 
     From References (8 copies): 
     The applicant must request reference letters from three scientists 
     (excluding sponsoring scientist) in relevant disciplines who are 
     knowledgeable about applicant's capabilities and previous research, 
     and to whom he/she has sent a copy of the research/training plan 
     proposed for the postdoctoral fellowship. If possible, one of these 
     three should have personal knowledge of the applicant's doctoral 
     research, and all must comment on the applicant's summary of the
     findings of his/her recent research. 
     Reference letters should include comments on overall ranking of 
     applicant, e.g. top 1% of Ph.D.s, top 10%, etc. It is the
     responsibility to assure that reference letters (8 copies) are
     Deadline and Announcements: 
     The deadline for receipt of all application materials from
     sponsoring scientist, and related reference letters is January 19, 
     1998 (firm). Announcements will be made by May, 1998. 
     Send Application To:
     Dr. Michael S. Teitelbaum
     Sloan/DOE Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships 
       in Computational Molecular Biology
     Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
     630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2550
     New York, NY 10111-0242

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