Genome Training Grant: Postdoctoral Applicants

Current Application Deadline: 7/10/17

Thank you for your interest in a postdoctoral fellowship in genomic sciences. The fellowships are offered under the terms of an NIH NRSA Training Grant. The aim of the program is to train individuals from a variety of disciplines to cope effectively with the contemporary and future challenges posed by genome analysis. The program is designed to educate and stimulate trainees at the interface of biological, physical, engineering, and computational sciences. Trainees will be trained to focus on the development and/or application of new tools to genome analysis. These tools include new chemistries, instruments, computer hardware or software for the analysis of DNA and proteins.

The program is housed at the University of Washington, and includes representatives from several UW departments, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Benaroya Research Institute in its training faculty. A list of training faculty and their research interests is available. The training grant supports 7 postdoctoral trainees per year. The fellowships are awarded for one year; a 2nd year may be awarded pending satisfactory research performance and the availability of funds.

All genome training grant (GTG) trainees are considered Postdoctoral Fellow Trainees at the University of Washington, and as such, fall under UW benefit plans (for more information, see Terms and Conditions).

To be eligible for a postdoctoral fellowship under the program:

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you must be sponsored in your application by one of the program faculty
- you must have a Ph.D. and
- you must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident.

Please be aware that the NHGRI limits postdoctoral NRSA support from any combination of training grant and / or individual fellowship support to a maximum of three years. So if you have already received over two years of postdoctoral support from a training grant, an NIH individual fellowship, or some combination of these, you are not eligible to apply, since awards must be made in one year increments.

The sponsoring faculty member must first agree to provide you with lab-bench space, research supplies, and, if necessary, any stipend or salary in addition to the NIH stipend. Please be aware that supplemental salary amounts must come from non-federal funds. You and the sponsoring faculty member will agree upon a research project in some area of the genomic sciences. You will then be considered for a postdoctoral fellowship. The GTG advisory committee will select awardees on the basis of the caliber of their past academic and research performance, their motivation and potential for interdisciplinary research, and the relevance of their proposed project to genome analysis. A postdoctoral position in the sponsoring faculty-member's laboratory may be dependent on your being awarded a fellowship.

Although there is no limit on previous experience, we expect that most successful applicants will be early in their training, and that applicants with extensive training will have compelling arguments for support.

Postdoctoral trainees should also be aware that the NHGRI expects them to continue on in science for a minimum of 12 months following their initial year of Genome Training Grant support. This requirement may be satisfied by obtaining a second year of funding from the GTG, or by simply continuing on in any science-related job, funded by any source, for at least 12 months after the first year of GTG support. This is almost never an issue and would only come up if a trainee decided to make a complete career change immediately after their first year on the GTG - if that happened, the trainee would be required to pay the stipend amount back to the NHGRI.

Applications for postdoctoral fellowships on the GTG are generally accepted twice a year. Genome Training Grant faculty members will be notified as slots open up. Application materials are available as word or PDF documents on this website.

Send these materials to Brian Giebel, who assists in the administration of the training grant, via email (bgiebel [ a t ] uw.edu).

Your application for the NIH-fellowship will be considered by the committee, and all applicants will be notified about the status of their application.

Evan Eichler, Ph.D.
Willie Swanson, Ph.D.
Directors, Genome Training Grant