Postdoctoral candidates have an unrivaled opportunity to work with the innovative, groundbreaking scientific teams at the Morgridge Institute for Research, which is devoted to research across the lifespan to benefit human health. Successful fellows will work with and learn from investigators at the forefront of discovery and be part of dynamic interdisciplinary and collaborative research teams. Leadership and research areas include:
Fellowship Recipients are mentored by both a Morgridge Institute principal investigator and a University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member, increasing collaboration between Morgridge strategic areas of expertise and UW-Madison faculty.
“By working together with both a great public university and private institute, our fellowships help connect people across disciplines that will benefit from more robust collaboration,” says Morgridge CEO Brad Schwartz.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, with start dates for the current round no earlier than July 1, 2017.
What are the candidate guidelines for a Morgridge Fellow?
- Postdoctoral status
- Both first-time postdoctoral candidates and candidates with previous postdoctoral experience are encouraged to apply
- Possesses strong interests in developing a career in interdisciplinary research and communicating scientific information to society
- Currently conducting or interested in conducting innovative interdisciplinary research with a clear distinction in the disciplines of the MIR investigator and the UW Faculty member serving as co-PIs
- International candidates considered (provisional on appropriate work authorization eligibility)
Who is eligible to be a PI (Mentor)?
The Morgridge Institute investigators participating in the Postdoctoral Fellows program include (as of October 2016):
- Paul Ahlquist
- Kevin Eliceiri
- Anthony Gitter
- Jan Huisken
- Miron Livny
- Pilar Ossorio
- Phil Newmark
- Dave Pagiliarini
- Melissa Skala
- Ron Stewart
- James Thomson
- Dave Vereide
- Ming Yuan
Qualified UW PIs include any faculty member eligible to be an academic advisor and mentor for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.
Can someone apply without identifying both a MIR and UW PI?
No, the applicant must identify and have the support and agreement to participate from both UW and MIR PIs at the time of the application.
What is the level of support?
The postdoctoral fellowship package is intended to be for three years at the NIH career-level salary dependent upon experience, plus fringe benefits and $5,000 for travel and supplies. Continuance of the award will be determined through an annual review process.
How are the Fellowship awards decided?
A Study Group of MIR Investigators and faculty affiliated with MIR will evaluate the applications with regard to the science proposed and the likelihood that the proposed science and participation of the Postdocs and their Mentors will fulfill the goals of the program and MIR as described above. The Study Group will rank the applicants and make recommendations to the MIR CEO regarding funding of the applications.
Will the Fellows be located at MIR or at UW?
Morgridge Postdoctoral Fellows will have space appointed at the Morgridge Institute for Research, located in the Discovery Building on the UW Campus. Depending upon the resources of the co-PI (UW faculty member) the Postdoc may have additional space through the co-PI’s department or lab.
Will the Morgridge Postdoctoral Fellows be integrated in to the postdoctoral community at UW?
- By having co-PIs, one from Morgridge and one from the UW, the Postdocs will have a natural linkage between MIR and the UW.
- Additionally, there will be planned activities between the Morgridge Postdocs and other biomedical programs on campus, such as Biomedical Engineering and the Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine training program in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics.
- All campus postdocs are invited to attend the UW Office of Postdoctoral Studies-sponsored seminars and career development training events.
What is the deadline for applications and when will I learn if I am successful?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and reviewed by a committee within a month of submission, with notification soon thereafter.
What are the training requirements for the Fellows?
Fellows are expected to perform research and gain experience for becoming an independent investigator. In addition, there will be seminars and training activities for the MIR Fellows guided by the mission and guiding principles of MIR, and the Core Competencies developed by the National Postdoctoral Association. Fellows will participate in activities in those areas listed below, among others. The topics covered will vary according to the interests and needs of the fellows and through opportunities developed by MIR and collaborating programs at UW.
- Discipline-specific and Cross-discipline Conceptual Knowledge
- Research Skills Development
- Alternative Professional Skills Development
- Communication Skills
- Leadership and Management Skills
In addition, all fellows will be required to meet the UW Madison standards for training and certification in the following areas, as dictated by their area of research:
- Responsible Conduct of Research
- Conflict of Interest
- Human Research Protection
- Stem Cell Ethics and Policy Training
- Animal Use and Care
- Biological Safety