UCSF-IRACDA Postdoctoral Program

The UCSF-IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) program is sponsored by a K12-NIH-NIGMS award. The overall mission of this program is aimed at building a diverse group of highly trained biomedical research scientists. Postdoctoral scholars in the IRACDA program are supported to carry out impactful and innovative biomedical research with a UCSF research mentor for up to three years.

Funding and Structure
The UCSF-IRACDA program is structured to provide up to three years of salary support in accordance with current NIH guidelines. It is expected that all scholars will work to secure independent funding (NIH-NRSA, Private Fellowships, or NIH-K awards) at the end of their three-year IRACDA period in order to establish a vibrant, independent research program. Scholars will also be expected to participate in research-based mentoring of undergraduate students (during the summer) from our partner school San Francisco State University (SFSU) and will also obtain a finite teaching experience with one of SFSU’s master teachers. SFSU has a demonstrated commitment to provide training and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce. Ongoing monthly workshops organized by the UCSF-IRACDA program and the UCSF Graduate Division/Office for Postdoctoral Scholars will help facilitate critical skills including mentoring, grant writing, and professional development.

UCSF-IRACDA scholars will receive salary; travel funds to attend the annual national IRACDA conference and at least one other scientific meeting per year; and a small annual research allowance. All UCSF postdocs are entitled to the standard UCSF Postdoctoral Scholar benefits package.

Mentor Selection
Selecting a UCSF research mentor is not required to submit an application; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to have an idea of a UCSF faculty member with whom you are interested in working. On the application form, please identify three UCSF faculty members with whom you are interested in working. We ask that you think carefully about this choice and list appropriate mentors with an active research program and with a proven track record in mentoring, in publishing, and in securing research funding. You are not limited to working with current or former UCSF-IRACDA research mentors. If you have already contacted UCSF faculty please state this in your application. Please note that the UCSF-IRACDA faculty advisory committee must approve all research mentors.

Applications due date for the 2017 cycle will be announced in Winter 2016. Please contact Program Coordinator Anne Sufka with inquiries.
Application process: Competitive applicants will be interviewed via Skype in mid-May and will be notified by late May or early June. Please note that the strongest recommendation letters are those that focus on the applicant’s research ability and potential for a faculty position. Current UCSF postdocs within their first year of training and advanced graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Who is Eligible?

  • must be US citizen or permanent resident.
  • must be committed to pursing an academic career in biomedical research with a demonstrated record.
  • must be committed to increasing diversity in academia.
  • must receive your doctoral degree before starting the program and be ready to be appointed from August 1 - October 1, 2017.

Candidates from underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

The UCSF-IRACDA Program is committed to providing access for all people with disabilities. UCSF will provide reasonable accommodations to any disabled applicant or postdoc in the program upon request.

For more information contact the UCSF-IRACDA program coordinator:

Anne Sufka – tel 415/514-9434; anne.sufka@ucsf.edu

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