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NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology's Fellows Program

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Northwestern University is a place where mathematical scientists and developmental biologists intensely work together on a broad range of questions arising from investigations into the biology of animal development. The NSF-Simons Fellows Program, which attracts early career scientists with diverse backgrounds and exceptional promise, is designed to enhance interaction and collaboration among participants in order to stimulate creative thinking and interdisciplinary science. The Center has capacity for two NSF-Simons Fellows at a time.

NSF-Simons Fellows are people who will eventually be leaders in the interdisciplinary field combining mathematics and quantitative biology. Fellows are drawn from the ranks of recent Ph.D. graduates, and conduct their independent research under the mentorship of the Center. The Center provides an exceptional and unique interdisciplinary environment and provides research funds for the appointment.

The scientific goals of the Center require new approaches to studying the growth and development of living organisms. To promote innovation and creativity, the Center uses the support from the Simons Foundation and the NSF to provide generous salary and research support for early career scientists at the beginning of their independent research careers. The intent of this program is to release these scientists from the requirement to raise their own grant support, and to encourage risk taking in their research.

Description of Appointment

Appointments are for a non-renewable three-year term. Fellows are expected to conduct independent research under the mentorship of the Center.

- Highly competitive salary with fringe benefit

- Research budget

- Travel funds

- Office shared with another NSF-Simons Fellow

- Access to Center research laboratories


We are looking to recruit diverse young mathematical scientists who are interested in sustained collaborations with experimentalists focusing on challenging problems in developmental biology. Applicants should have completed a PhD degree (or its equivalent), preferably in pure or applied mathematics, physics, or engineering. The degree must have been completed within the last 18 months or within 36 months of the start of the appointment. Prior interdisciplinary experience is not required. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.


Fellows are expected to conduct independent research under the mentorship of the Center. Fellows participate in the vibrant intellectual life of the Center, including seminars, workshops, research meetings, and journal clubs. Fellows are encouraged to communicate their expertise and knowledge with Center members in these forums. In addition, Fellows also play a role in the teaching mission of the Center, working with Center investigators to develop undergraduate or graduate courses in quantitative biology.

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Application Deadline: 4/15/2019

Participating Institution(s):
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Northwestern University (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Postdoc Website this link takes you to a different website

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Cellular Biology
Computational Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Genetics & Genomics
Molecular Biology

Computational Biology
Computational Genomics
Computational Modeling
Developmental Biology
Mathematical Modelling
Mathematical Techniques
Systems Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 3/31/2019
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