Postdoctoral Research / Mentored Teaching Positions Available: University of Kansas NIH-IRACDA

Lawrence, Kansas
$48,663 per year
Aug 03, 2018
Sep 02, 2018
Field of specialization
Education, Pharmaceutical
Job Type
Full time

Position Summary: Postdoctoral research positions are available at the University of Kansas through the NIH-Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program.  This comprehensive program offers three years of support to outstanding candidates seeking postdoctoral research training along with an opportunity to obtain mentored teaching experience at a nearby tribal college, Haskell Indian Nations University, in preparation for an academic career.  Postdoctoral research training is provided under the guidance of KU faculty who are internationally recognized for their research in a broad range of disciplines including organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular & cellular biology, genetics, and evolutionary biology.  Fellows will receive mentorship on becoming educators and will gain experience by teaching a small class for two semesters at Haskell, located about 2 miles from KU.  Haskell student body is unique in the nation as it educates American Indians from tribes across the U.S.  The starting salary for trainees is $48,663 per year, along with excellent fringe benefits and an allowance for research supplies and travel to an annual IRACDA meeting. 

Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biology, or a related field with no more than two years of previous postdoctoral experience.  Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.  NOTE: This grant requires that candidates appointed under this program be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents.

Preferred Qualifications: Special interest in developing an academic career in the sciences with an emphasis in teaching at an institution that serves underrepresented minorities, experience working with minority students, demonstrated ability work in a team based environment, and excellent oral and written communication skills are preferred.

Application Process: Applicants are asked to review the list of KU faculty members participating as mentors and their areas of research. The lists can be found at  Applicants should contact one or more potential mentors about applying for the fellowship and the research opportunities available in the mentor's program. Once a mentor has agreed to provide the research training, the applicant should complete an application through the University of Kansas jobs web site at  A curriculum vitae and a cover letter outlining your career goals and how the experiences you will have through the program will assist you in achieving those goals must be attached to the application.  Arrange to have two confidential letters of reference emailed to Kirsten Yunuba Stephens (, Biomedical Sciences Shared Service Center, McCollum Labs, 2095 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas 66047.  Additionally, for the IRACDA mentor, email to an NIH Biosketch, including Other Support, and a letter indicating willingness to provide guidance and support in the development of an academic career for the IRACDA Fellow.

Application review begins Aug 13, 2018 and will continue until positions are filled.

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