Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC)

The 2017 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC) will be held September 12-14 in Bethesda, Maryland. FRLC is a career-development opportunity for talented early-career biomedical and behavioral scientists from diverse backgrounds. During the FRLC, selected early-career scientists will showcase their research to the NIH scientific community and gain insights from NIH leadership and investigators about developing an independent scientific career. The event is most appropriate for post-doc and junior-faculty level investigators.

Investigators who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral science workforce are strongly encouraged to apply. Travel and lodging expenses will be supported.

The conference application deadline is April 28, and reference letters will be accepted until May 5. Please see NIH FRLC website for more details. Applicants should submit their materials here.

Please contact FRLC@nih.gov if you have any questions. Thank you!

ATTENTION!! Recent changes to the NIH appendix policy immediately affect your grant submissions.

The NIH appendix policy eliminates most items that investigators previously included in the application appendix. For current and future grant submissions please be sure that application appendices are consistent with the items identified in NOT-OD-16-129 (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-129.html). Applications will be withdrawn and not reviewed if they are submitted with inappropriate appendix materials.

In short, the only allowable appendix materials are:

For applications proposing clinical trials (unless the FOA provides other instructions for these materials):
• Clinical trial protocols
• Investigator’s brochure from Investigational New Drug (IND), as appropriate

For all applications:
• Blank informed consent/assent form;
• Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments;
• FOA-specified items. (NOTE: If appendix materials are required in the FOA, review criteria for that FOA will address those materials, and applications submitted without those appendix materials will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.)

Mentoring URM Postdoctoral Scientists in Behavioral and Cardiovascular Health Research to Increase Diversity in the Academic Workforce

The T32 Training and Mentoring program brings participants to NYU’s Department of Population Health for a two-year post doctoral learning experience where they will develop independent academic careers. It uses a congruent mentorship approach whereby mentors and mentees are matched based on common research interest, background, and specialty.

T32 Flyer 2017

Congruent Mentorship to Reach Academic Diversity in Neuroscience Research (COMRADE)
Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The institute brings together participants to NYU for a two-week didactic summer institute in July 2017; followed by a one week NIH Mock Study institute in July 2018. This is interspersed by a short mid-year meeting at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in November 2017. The institute establishes mentor-mentee partnerships with matching based on common research interests and specialty.

COMRAD Flyer 2017 (PDF)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Position Description: The Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow with training in nutrition, childhood obesity, and/or behavioral interventions. The fellow will collaborate with a multidisciplinary research team at VUMC, Vanderbilt Schools of Nursing and Engineering, Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension Service, and Tennessee Department of Health’s Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program (WIC). We will adapt, disseminate, implement, and evaluate the CHEW smartphone application designed to increase WIC family benefit redemption and improve diet quality and other obesity risk factors among preschool-aged children, while training the next generation of childhood obesity researchers and professionals. This position offers an intensive mentored training experience in childhood obesity prevention and community-engaged research, which includes working on all aspects of the project and developing a research agenda to prepare for transitioning to a faculty position and an independent community-engaged researcher.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: assist with smartphone application design, develop intervention content, conduct user testing, prepare measurement tools and study protocols, train WIC clinic staff, engage stakeholders, assist with data collection and analysis, implement quality control, supervise student trainees, plan dissemination activities, work on an independent research project, present research at conferences, prepare scientific manuscripts as lead author and co-author, and submit at least one funding application.

Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. The earliest start date is 5/1/2017. This is a full-time position with a two-year appointment. Salary is dependent upon years of education and experience. Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment.

Qualifications: The position requires a completed PhD, DrPH, or other doctoral degree (or expected completion of the degree by May 2017) in nutrition, public health, sociology, psychology, or similar field. Candidate should demonstrate evidence of a research agenda focused on nutrition and obesity prevention, preferably with experience working with racially- and ethnically-diverse low-resource populations. Candidate must possess the ability to multi-task, be extremely organized, efficient, detail oriented, a team player, and self-starter. Excellent communication skills and ability to function independently are also essential. Proficient computer skills with mastery of Microsoft Office as well as proficiency with a statistical analysis package (STATA, SPSS, R, etc.) are preferred. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Vanderbilt University, located in Tennessee’s capital city of Nashville, Tennesse, is one of America’s premier private universities. Vanderbilt University Medical Center was also recently ranked as one of the best institutions for postdoctoral fellows in a survey conducted by The Scientist.

If interested in applying, please send a letter of interest and CV to n.cao@vanderbilt.edu.

The National Institutes of Health in partnership with the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics are seeking qualified physicians interested in acquiring credentials and experience to lead genomic medicine research and implementation programs at the NIH, major medical centers, and other organizations.


APA’s Minority Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) from any advanced psychology doctoral students who has or will have successfully proposed a dissertation before the application deadline and psychologists who are in the early stage of their careers. This year’s summer program will take place July 9 – 15 at APA’s headquarter in Washington, DC. The online application deadline is May 1.

About the program
PSI provides educational, professional development and mentoring experiences to advanced doctoral students of psychology and psychologists who are in the early stage of their careers. Participants are guided toward developing a grant proposal, postdoctoral fellowship, dissertation, treatment program, publication or program evaluation project. All projects must focus on issues affecting ethnic minority communities.

Participants will receive one-on-one mentoring on their projects. Expert faculty will present seminars on selected topics such as grant writing, publishing and specific areas of research or service delivery. There will also be opportunities to network with representatives from federal agencies and foundations.

Flyer: http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/institute/announcement.pdf

Main website: http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/institute/index.aspx
Apply online: https://mfpapp.apa.org/

We are accepting applications for this year’s Summer Institute on Innovative Methods, “Statistical Power Analysis for Intensive Longitudinal Studies.” Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, Unidel A. Gilchrist Sparks III Chair of Psychological & Brain Sciences at The University of Delaware, and Niall Bolger, Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, will provide a practical guide to conducting power analyses for studies using daily diaries, ambulatory assessments, ecological momentary assessments, experience sampling, and related designs. The Institute is sponsored by The Methodology Center and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The Summer Institute will be held on June 29 – 30 at The Pennsylvania State University’s University Park campus. Spots are limited; apply soon!

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Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine

A free online course to help you design and analyze group-randomized trials

Presented by
David M. Murray, Ph.D.
NIH Associate Director for Prevention
Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention

Group-randomized trials (GRTs) are comparative studies designed to evaluate interventions that operate at a group level, change the physical or social environment, or cannot be delivered to individuals without substantial risk of contamination. GRTs are widely used in public health and medicine to evaluate interventions delivered in schools, worksites, hospitals, clinics, communities, and other organizations.

The Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine online course describes the most widely used GRT designs and presents the many approaches to power and data analysis that are now available. The free, seven-part course is presented by Dr. David M. Murray, NIH Associate Director for Prevention and Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). The course includes a list of references, a PDF of each presentation, suggested reading materials, and guided activities.

Explore the ODP’s Resources for Researchers for additional information and interactive tools that support researchers in developing and funding quality projects that address a wide range of research needs, gaps, and priorities.

Start the course now or bookmark it for later!


Postdoctoral Position Currently Available
Division of Asthma Research

Dr. Tesfaye Mersha’s group has an opening for a Research Fellow who will be involved in a combined applied and methodological genetics project, focused on the development and implementation of ancestry (admixture) based detection and characterization of genetic and environmental exposure risk factors in asthma. Key functions of the research fellow include performing genome-wide admixture and association analysis, implement ancestry-environmental exposure interaction analysis, data simulation and imputation and development and testing statistical methods for admixed human datasets.

Website: https://research.cchmc.org/mershalab/Home.html

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have PhD in biostatistics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics or computational biology, proficiency in statistical programming environments such as SAS, R, Java or C++, the ability to communicate statistical concepts and data analysis interpretations to the group, selfmotivated, with a strong aptitude for IT applied to human genomics, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to function effectively in a team environment. We are particularly keen to attract a candidates who already have experience and/or training in the statistical methods used in genetic and environmental exposure studies and research interests in population genetics analysis of admixed population or data simulation and imputation.

To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, statement of research interests, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Tesfaye Mersha, PhDTesfaye.Mersha@cchmc.org.

Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is a premier pediatric research institution with over 900 diverse and productive faculty members. Here, researchers work collaboratively across specialties and divisions to address some of the biggest challenges we face today in improving child health. A strong network of research support services and facilities, along with institutional commitment to research, push our team of faculty, postdocs and support staff to explore the boundaries of what is possible, leading to significant breakthroughs. We are driven by our mission to improve child health and transform the delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.

Post-doctoral research fellows at Cincinnati Children’s are valued for their unique interests and strengths, and are supported by our institution’s strong programming for post-docs through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs and Career Development. Mentoring, support for international students and an emphasis on crafting high-quality grant proposals are only a few of the features that set our program apart. Cincinnati Children’s is a respected part of the broader, and very vibrant, Cincinnati community. With a thriving arts scene, numerous festivals celebrating music and food, a passionate fan following for our college and professional sports teams, and a variety of opportunities for outdoor activities, our region is truly a great place to work and live.

Please visit our website for more information about Postdoctoral Research at CCHMC:
Contact our postdoc recruiter, Uma Sivaprasad, PhD, at research@cchmc.org.

To apply online go to: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/careers/apply/default.htm and search for job (requisition) number 88336.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Institution


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