University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minnesota Neuroimaging Postdoctoral Fellowship

Department of Biomedical Engineering

NEUROIMAGING

Neuroimaging is a highly multidisciplinary field in which technology is rapidly developing, leading to a high demand for trained researchers in academia and industry. This Fellowship program will provide postdoctoral fellows at the University of Minnesota research opportunities and training to prepare them for independent neuroimaging research careers that will help meet this demand.

At the end of the two-year fellowship, each postdoctoral fellow will have developed a bedrock of multi-disciplinary neuroimaging expertise that is necessary for advancing neuroimaging research. They will have also received strong professional development and other training that will equip them for a neuroimaging research career in academia or industry.

MINNESOTA NEUROIMAGING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

A chief goal for this program is to provide recipient's multi-disciplinary skills in neuroimaging technology development and advanced biomedical applications, guidance in career development, and social/networking support through this intense two-year neuroimaging fellowship at University of Minnesota.

Each fellow's primary research will be conducted on a multi-disciplinary project that combines their background with another field with the goal of developing new neuroimaging technologies. These contributions will advance the neuroimaging field.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The maximum award is for two years and each fellow will receive a stipend starting at $54,840 and support for travel, tuition, and health costs for a total of up to $70,000 per year in financial support. We expect to support two fellows this year.

  • The award is open to postdoctoral trainees whose research interest is in focusing on developing new neuroimaging technologies.
  • This fellowship invites and encourages postdoctoral applicants from across the United States to apply.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.

Selected recipients will be matched with mentors:

  • Each fellow recipient will identify a list of potential faculty mentors who will be selected from the 40+ participating faculty from the training grant.
  • We highly encourage candidates to reach out to potential mentors and begin making connections with them.
  • Top applicants will interview with the executive committee and potential faculty mentors.
  • Once the recipient is selected, two faculty mentors who best match with the recipient will determine who will directly supervise the research project and one that represents a core area related to the research project.
    • Mentors will be required to submit letters of confirmation once matched with the recipient.

Fellow recipients will be expected to:

  • Take at least two courses to broaden their skillset and prepare for either an academic or industry research career.
  • Participate in an Annual Retreat and twice-monthly seminars that will cover research and career development topics such as responsible conduct of research, scientific rigor and reproducibility, grant writing, and other key subjects.
  • Participate in UMN's numerous neuroscience conferences, symposia, and workshops, along with well-established UMN outreach programs to high schoolers and undergraduates from communities under-represented in STEM fields.
  • Provide 6 month progress reports through the project period (with continued funding contingent on progress). A final report is also due at the end of the award.
  • Acknowledge the T32 Minnesota Neuroimaging Training Grant's support if discussing the project in media engagements, professional presentations (eg., talks, posters, community outreach), grant submissions, and publications.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

Fellowship recipients will be selected based on relevance to neuroimaging research interests, personal statement, training experience, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement and strength of letters of support submissions.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: We seek outstanding postdoctoral candidates interested in neuroimaging. Upon starting the fellowship at the University of Minnesota, a recipient must be a postdoctoral trainee in a job classification reflective of that role (e.g., recipients must have a Ph.D. and provide proof at the time the fellowship begins). Candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. The neuroimaging fellowship is a 100% time commitment and recipients of this award cannot have multiple commitments held during the same time.

The University of Minnesota is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

There are two parts to the application, all must be completed and submitted no later than December 15, 2022 by 5 pm (Central Time). Recipients will be notified of awards in February 2023. Projects can begin as early as Spring 2023.

REQUIRED INFORMATION AND APPLICATION MATERIALS

The online application survey will ask applicants to upload the following required information as a single PDF file (font and margins should be no smaller than 10 pt., and 0.5 inches, respectively):

PART 1: Online fellowship application form.

Applicant should complete the online fellowship application form, which calls for the following required information:

Project Cover Sheet - cover sheet with the following:

  • Applicant name and contact information (telephone, email, current and permanent address).
  • Names and contact information of two individuals who will write LETTERS OF SUPPORT on behalf of the applicant.

Applicant will also upload a PDF document to the application containing the following sections in the order shown:

  1. PERSONAL STATEMENT. The applicant should provide a BRIEF PERSONAL STATEMENT of why they are interested in pursuing a career in neuroimaging - Limit 1 page.
  2. STATEMENT OF AREAS of INTEREST. The applicant should provide a BRIEF STATEMENT of your AREAS OF INTEREST and EXPERTISE. They should indicate potential faculty mentors and skills they are interested in acquiring from at least two of the areas related to this fellowship. Note: we highly encourage candidates to connect with these potential mentors before the review process begins. - Limit 3 to 5 sentences.
  3. STATEMENT of DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION. Applicant should provide a brief statement on how they or their project contribute to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion - Limit 1/2 page.
  4. STATEMENT OF TRAINING. Describe what new knowledge, skills, and techniques the applicant would like to acquire through the fellowship and how these will advance the applicant's career aspirations - Limit 1/2 page.
  5. APPLICANT CV. The applicant should provide a CV that includes previous education, honors/awards, research experience, publications, conference abstract titles, and IP (e.g., disclosures/patents). The CV should also contain the applicant's GPA for all academic institutions attended - Limit 2 pages.

PART 2: LETTERS OF SUPPORT from two professional references. Applicant should arrange for a LETTER OF SUPPORT to be submitted by each of TWO professional references who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications and research potential (each letter should be no longer than 2 pages). Letter writers should submit letters by email to MNNeuroimaging@umn.edu no later than December 15, 2022.

REVIEW PROCESS

The program will be managed by an Executive Board that represents the diversity of the participating faculty across the Medical School and the College of Science & Engineering. Management plans include a rigorous, ongoing evaluation process that incorporates an external Advisory Board and the University of Minnesota's internal research and assessment services. Applications will go through an extensive review process through an internal review committee by a committee composed of faculty members of the T32 Neuroimaging Training Grant.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  1. Qualifications and productivity of applicant
  2. Fit of the candidate with the program’s goals
  3. Contributions of the applicant and project to promoting diversity, equity and inclusivity in science.

The committee will also take into consideration:

  1. Balancing fellowships between magnetic resonance and optical imaging projects
  2. Balancing gender and creating diversity among fellows
  3. Applicants will be considered from within and outside the University of Minnesota with preference to granting fellowships to new postdocs
  4. Promoting and developing new candidates that have technical backgrounds and are interested in transitioning to Neuroimaging field

Submit your application here for the neuroimaging postdoctoral fellowship! DEADLINE TO APPLY: December 15, 2022

Visit our website to learn more about the program: z.umn.edu/MNNeuroimagingPostdoc

Click here to download the program announcement.

For questions about the program or application process, please contact us MNNeuroimaging@umn.edu

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Last updated: 2022-11-07