What are the candidate guidelines for a Morgridge Postdoctoral 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 Morgridge Institute for Research 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 Fellowship Program include (as of January 2018):

  • Paul Ahlquist
  • Jason Cantor
  • Kevin Eliceiri
  • Jing Fan
  • Anthony Gitter
  • Jan Huisken
  • Miron Livny
  • Pilar Ossorio
  • Phil Newmark
  • Dave Pagiliarini
  • Melissa Skala
  • Ron Stewart
  • James Thomson
  • Dave Vereide

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 Morgridge Institute and UW PI?

No, the applicant must identify and have the support and agreement to participate from both UW and Morgridge Institute 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 Morgridge Institute Investigators and faculty affiliated with Morgridge 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 Morgridge as described above. The Study Group will rank the applicants and make recommendations to the Morgridge CEO regarding funding of the applications.

Will the Postdoctoral Fellows be located at Morgridge Institute 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 into 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 Morgridge 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 3-5 weeks of submission, with notification soon thereafter.

What are the training requirements for the Postdoctoral 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 Morgridge Institute Fellows guided by the mission and guiding principles of Morgridge , 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 Morgridge and collaborating programs at UW.

  • Discipline-specific and Cross-discipline Conceptual Knowledge
  • Research Skills Development
  • Alternative Professional Skills Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • 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