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Job #: H036
Posted Date: March 13, 2020
Closes On: Open Until Filled
Job Title: Salk Fellows
Status: Regular Full Time
Benefits Eligible: Yes
The Salk Fellows Program is a path for exceptionally talented early-stage career scientists to embark on fully independent research programs as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral studies. Recent PhD or MD graduates with demonstrated excellence in research and leadership ability are appointed as Principal Investigators for an initial term of three years with the possibility for an extension of one to two additional years for a maximum of five years. Salk Fellow appointees are eligible for consideration for promotion to Assistant Professor.
Salk Fellows are selected from a variety of disciplines, from biology, physics and mathematics to engineering, statistics and computer science, who have expertise in a wide range of novel technologies. Prospective Fellows’ proposed research should not be simply an extension of their graduate work but should build on their previous expertise in unique and interesting ways. The work should be exciting, combining originality and risk, two factors that often lower the chances of obtaining support through traditional channels but can lead to truly groundbreaking discoveries.
Candidates must complete an application online Salk Faculty and Fellows Online Application and include a current curriculum vitae, research statement, and three recommendation letters from scientists who are distinguished leaders in their fields, including one from their research advisor. Selected referees should be able to comment in depth on candidates’ accomplishments and potential and describe the impact of their proposed research programs on their fields. Research advisors should explain how candidates’ research is distinct from previous work conducted in their labs. Referees should also address candidates’ readiness to start and operate an independent lab and their potential to benefit from an accelerated path to an independent research career.
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