Evolution & Medicine Research Fellowship

The Center for Evolution & Medicine (CEM) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications from exceptional early career scientists for the Evolution & Medicine Research Fellowship. The Fellowship brings talented researchers with a recently awarded M.D. or Ph.D. to the ASU campus to develop and extend their own independent research agendas in conjunction with CEM faculty and their labs. Additionally, fellows will work with their mentors to develop skills in the areas of outreach, education and grant writing. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to, co-evolution and infectious diseases, regulation of inflammation and other defenses, autoimmune disorders, cancer, female reproductive health, lactation, and factors that influence disease susceptibility. The proposed research project is expected to potentially demonstrate the utility of evolutionary sciences for medicine or public health.

The Center for Evolution & Medicine is a university-wide Presidential Initiative directed by Randolph Nesse. Its mission is to improve human health by establishing evolutionary biology as an essential basic science for medicine, worldwide. It supports research that demonstrates the power of evolutionary biology to advance the understanding, prevention, and treatment of disease, as well as teaching and outreach initiatives. See http://evmed.asu.edu for details and information on the Core Faculty. As an interdisciplinary unit, the CEM provides Fellows with opportunities collaborate with faculty from a wide-range of disciplines including anthropology, biology, complex systems, computational informatics, genetics, infectious disease, psychology, and virology.

Fellows will receive a salary of $60,000 and will have access to funding of up to $10,000 per annum to support their research, of which $1500 may be allocated for moving expenses. The initial closing date for receipt of complete applications is May 15, 2016; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. The earliest anticipated start date is August, 2016, the latest is January, 2017. This is a full‐time (1.0 FTE ) benefits‐eligible, fiscal year (July 1 ‐ June 30) appointment. The fellowship is granted for a period of two years, with a possible third year. Renewal for the second and possible third year is contingent on satisfactory performance, and the availability of resources. For additional information and policies regarding postdoctoral scholars at ASU, please see http://provost.asu.edu/postdoc.

The successful fellow will be an outstanding scientist with a specific independent research plan, wide-ranging interests in evolutionary biology related to disease and health, and an appreciation for interdisciplinary research. Selections are based on academic achievement, creativity, goodness of fit, overlap of interests with multiple CEM faculty, and the likely success and impact of the research project. Fellows cannot have had more than five years of previous postdoctoral experience, nor have been employed previously as an assistant professor, associate professor or professor on the tenure track. Nominees who are non-US citizens are encouraged to apply, and must show eligibility for obtaining J-1 Scholar visa status for the duration of the Fellowship. The CEM does not support H1B visa status. A background check is required for employment.