Bulletin Board

The Office for Postdoctoral Affairs·  


-It’s Travel Fund time!  Please access the website for the application, dates and full instructions: http://postdocs.yale.edu/yale-resources/opa-travel-fund-central-campus-only Deadline is October 1st.

-Women in Science At Yale (WISAY) is actively recruiting post-doc members!

WISAY is dedicated to promoting the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), supporting women scientists, and advocating for gender equality in all fields. Currently, WISAY is a group of over 400 undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs, which creates a campus-wide network of scientists across many scientific disciplines and provides the opportunity for Yale scientists to meet with leading women scientists from Yale and around the country.  We organize events and programs designed to promote our four main goals: 1) advocacy/awareness, 2) mentoring, 3) networking/community building and 4) career development.

To find out more about WISAY, please visit our website: http://wisay.sites.yale.edu/
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-NIH Loan Repayment Progam

-Support Available for Activities at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis: September 1, 2014 is the next deadline for requests for support for Postdoctoral Fellowships, Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Sabbaticals, and Short-term Visitors for activities beginning spring/summer/fall 2015 at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). All areas of research at the interface of biology and mathematics will be considered, but we are especially interested in activities expanding beyond the areas of research supported to date. NIMBioS, located at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is an NSF-sponsored initiative to foster interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematical and biological sciences. The institute’s mission is to cultivate cross-disciplinary approaches in mathematical biology and to develop a cadre of researchers who address fundamental and applied biological problems in creative ways. Other NIMBioS sponsors include DHS and USDA, with additional support from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. More details are posted at http://www.nimbios.org

Related Links:
NIMBioS Working Groups http://www.nimbios.org/workinggroups/
NIMBioS Investigative Workshops http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/
Postdoctoral Fellowships http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/
Sabbaticals http://www.nimbios.org/visitors/sabbatical
Short-term Visits http://www.nimbios.org/visitors/


Additional information from Dr. Paul Armsworth @ NIMBioS:

NIMBioS is specifically focused on the interface of math and biology but interprets that pretty broadly (if it involves modeling, optimization or developing new statistical methods it likely can be tailored in a way that will fit).

The center runs three major funding calls per year – one at the start of September for postdoc and research requests, one in December for postdoc requests, and one in the spring for research activity requests. Like the other centers, applications for support are much less onerous (~5 pages) than many NSF programs.

Two kinds of support that the center offers that people are often particularly interested in are:

i) two year post-doctoral fellowships – at any one time we have 10-15 fellows in residence and they are pretty well-supported

ii) working groups (10-15 researchers coming in for 3-4 meetings of 3-5 days over the space of 2-3 years to work on a topic) 

Other activities include bigger (40 people) meetings, sabbaticals, tutorials where we fly your grad students and post-docs in to get training in some new technique, etc. The center is on our campus and so there is a lot of opportunity to interact with various research groups and centers around here as part of any of those activities.

Based on past rounds and discussions with some of you before, I think there are a couple of things that can potentially hold up the works.

i) Faculty can’t write a postdoc fellowship application, win the award, advertise it and then recruit for it. It has to work the other way around – a would-be post-doctoral fellow writes a proposal to work on something they themselves are really excited about. They might collaborate with you on it, but ultimately the proposal has to come from them.

ii) Compared to, say, SESYNC or i-Div, some people can find the math-y bit of the center charge hard to navigate. The key thing is to make sure that the piece of some broader research interest that you ask NIMBioS to support is the modeling / quantitative piece.

If anyone is interested in possibly pursuing an application, I’d be happy to chat to them a bit more about how this can be done. NIMBioS encourages those considering an application to discuss it with members of their Leadership Team prior to submission.

-The Burroughs Welcome Fund is currently accepting pre-proposal applications for their Career Awards at the Scientific Interface program. The program provides $500,000 over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.

Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences. Examples of approaches include, but are not limited to, physical measurement of biological phenomena, computer simulation of complex processes in physiological systems, mathematical modeling of self-organizing behavior, building probabilistic tools for medical diagnosis, developing novel imaging tools or biosensors, developing or applying nanotechnology to manipulate cellular systems, predicting cellular responses to topological clues and mechanical forces, and developing a new conceptual understanding of the complexity of living organisms. Proposals that include experimental validation of theoretical models are particularly encouraged.

  • A few guidelines include:

    · The deadline for the pre-proposal is September 1st, 2014.

    · Candidates must have completed at least 12 months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research by the date of the full invited application deadline (January 8, 2015).

    · Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering (or related areas of physical, mathematical, computational, theoretical, and engineering science). Exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications, undergraduate major, or masters degree.

    · Candidates whose Ph.D. is in biochemistry/biophysics/biology/cell biology/etc. may be eligible if significant accomplishment or competence in one of those areas can be shown (i.e., papers published, advanced coursework, or undergraduate major), and if the proposal draws on that background.  Work must be interdisciplinary and making use of non-biological approaches.

Further details on eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at:http://www.bwfund.org/grant-programs/interfaces-science/career-awards-scientific-interface

-Attention Postdocs!  We are in need of High Resolution (No camera phone pictures) photos for the new Office for Postdoctoral Affairs’ website.  The photos should be of high quality and of Postdocs engaging in activities, research or events.  Please email your photos to: dannika.avent@yale.edu