Designation/Position- Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Illinois, USA invites application for Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow position from eligible and interested candidates
About- The Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program was initiated in the fall of 1991 with funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to recruit outstanding young scientists to work at the Beckman Institute.
The Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program was begun in 2008 with funding from Carle Foundation Hospital to recruit outstanding young scientists to work on translational biomedical research.
The Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program was initiated in the fall of 2015, when the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation provided an endowment in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Beckman and the founding director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Dr. Theodore “Ted” Brown.
For all programs, Fellows are selected on the basis of their outstanding achievements to date, professional promise, capacity for independent and interdisciplinary work, and relevance of their research interests to the applicable program.
Research/Job Area-Interdisciplinary research
Location- University of Illinois, USA
- Ph.D. degree bestowed within the last three years, no earlier than December 2015
- Relevance of the research area to the portfolio of the Beckman Institute
- Evidence in the research plan that at least one faculty mentor/collaborator is a full-time or part-time faculty member at the Beckman Institute. A second Beckman Institute faculty mentor/collaborator who is a full-, part-time or affiliate Beckman Institute faculty member is also required.
Job/Position Description- The Beckman Institute offers three postdoctoral fellows programs to support outstanding young scientists at the Beckman Institute: the Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program, the Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellows Program, and the Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program. These programs offer a wonderful opportunity for scholars to engage in a three-year fellowship of interdisciplinary research at the Beckman Institute. Each year, four to six Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows and one Beckman–Brown Interdisciplinary Fellow are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. Approximately every three years, one or two Carle Foundation Hospital–Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows are likewise selected.
- Fellows receive an annual stipend of $54,000, reimbursement for health insurance, and a $25,000 research budget that can be spent on research activities such as research supplies, equipment, and conference and workshop travel.
- Fellows are appointed annually for up to three years.
- Fellows are required to write annual reports and to check in monthly with the Beckman Institute Director.
How to Apply-
(1) Fill Out Application Form
Applicants must fill out the online application form. The form also allows for the electronic submission of your supporting documents (Curriculum Vitae, Research Plan, Representative Paper).
(2) Curriculum Vitae
The Curriculum Vitae must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above.
(3) Research Plan
Upload ONE PDF document including the following. Excluding a list of references, this should not exceed FIVE pages.
- Introduction – 500 words describing your general research area.
- Objectives and Significance – One page on what are the objectives of your research plan while you are at Beckman, and why are these research goals important? May include background literature discussion and explanation of hypothesis, problem statement, and/or technological goals.
- Research Plan – Two pages on your plan of work for your next 3 years at the Beckman Institute. This should include an explanation of how this plan helps you develop your career; the research plan also should act as your own individual development plan.
- Innovation – One page on why your prior training and proposed research and development plan is innovative and creates new collaborations or strengthens existing collaborations at the Beckman Institute (and, if you are applying to the Carle-Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows program, include collaborations at Carle Foundation Hospital).
- Relevance – 500 words on why the Beckman Institute is the best home for your research plan. If you are applying for the Carle Foundation Hospital-Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, also explain why Carle Foundation Hospital is the best home for your translational biomedical research. (500 word limit)
- References (not part of the five-page limit)
(4) Representative Paper
If you have published, you may submit no more than one article. If you have not published, one introductory or representative chapter, or an extended abstract (not to exceed five pages), of your dissertation may be substituted. Do not submit additional articles or chapters; only one will be passed on to the selection committee. The Representative Paper must be submitted as an Adobe PDF file using the upload form mentioned above.
(5) Letters of Reference
In addition to the above materials, please submit the names and email addresses of three individuals familiar with your research. You should request letters of recommendation from them, and ask them to email their letters as a PDF to [email protected]. The deadline for letters of reference is also 5:00 PM Central Time on Monday, November 26, 2018. No faxed copies of the recommendation letters will be accepted.
For Contact- [email protected]
Last Date for Apply– Applications for the 2019 Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program are now being accepted until 5:00 PM Central Time on Monday, November 26, 2018.