Comp Bio Postdoc Fellowships

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/US Dept of Energy 

Postdoctoral Fellowships 
Catalyzing Career Transitions into Computational Molecular Biology 
from physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, engineering and related

Below you will find the complete announcement for our next round of the above
referenced fellowship program, both in the text of this email and as a Microsoft
Word attachment. We thought you might be interested in this program. Please feel
free distribute the announcement to any interested parties and to post it, if
you like.

Thank you for your help. 

Melissa Stoudenheimer
Asst. to Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
630 Fifth Avenue Suite 2550
New York, NY 10111

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/U.S. Department of Energy

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Computational Molecular Biology
(Round V)


Catalyzing Career Transitions to Computational Molecular Biology

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy (Office of
Health and Environmental Research) announce the fifth round of a
jointly-sponsored postdoctoral research awards program for scientists interested
in computational molecular biology.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy believe that a
nexus with exceptional scientific potential is emerging between the powerful
theoretical and practical tools of molecular biology and the revolutionary power
of modern computational techniques. However, too few scientists possess the
cross-disciplinary 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, engineering and related fields. Ideal candidates will have strong
educational backgrounds in such fields and wish to bring 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
in 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 opportunity in an appropriate
molecular biology laboratory. We particularly wish to encourage applications
from those holding doctorates in mathematics, physics, computer science,
chemistry, engineering or other relevant fields who would like to develop the
capacity to apply their computational sophistication to the complex problems
that increasingly face molecular biology.

The focus is upon computational molecular biology related to data and
information from studies of human and other genomes. Computational molecular
biology is taken broadly to include the application of mathematics (continuous
and discrete), statistics, probability, and computer science to fundamental
problems of molecular biology. The goal is to foster interactions between the
mathematical and biological sciences and to provide rigorous training for
scientists in this new interdisciplinary area. Of special interest are important
problems in structural biology and genome analysis, including analysis of
protein and nucleic acid sequence, protein and 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 products.

Applications will be reviewed a committee, including

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 appropriate 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 research and training plan for
furthering rigorous computational approaches to analysis of important molecular
biological problems, both theoretical and empirical. The capabilities of the
proposed laboratory and senior 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 to seek a
secondary faculty sponsor from the mathematical/computer sciences sector of the
same campus. Only one proposal per applicant 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 2000, 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 to be spread over a grant period of two
years ($50,000 per year). Selections for this fifth round will be announced by
May 6, 2000. Funding may begin any time after September 1, 2000.


C   $42,000 per year to Fellow, inclusive of benefits.
C   $ 1,500 per year in research expenses to be allocated at the discretion of
the Fellow.
C   Institutional overhead of up to 15% of direct costs.


Fellow - Applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United
States. Ph.D. earned within the past 5 years or expected by June, 2000, in
mathematics, physics, computer science, chemistry, engineering or other relevant
fields. (Initiation of postdoc requires completion of Ph.D.) Applications to
extend an existing postdoc cannot be considered.

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 (e.g. laboratory director) at the
institution where the postdoctoral fellowship would be held before applying for
the award.

Materials Needed for Application:

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