The 2014 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute, taking place in Bethesda, MD, on June 5-6, is intended to bring together approximately 120 postdoctoral investigators who will soon be seeking their first independent positions. The application receipt deadline date is April 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. Space is limited.

While the transition to independence is a challenge for all postdocs, young investigators who are members of groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences may have an especially difficult time finding and establishing themselves in their first independent positions. For this reason, emphasis will be placed on members of these groups; however, participation in this program is not limited to these groups.

The goal of the Institute is to cover a broad range of topics that postdocs will need to make a successful transition to independence, including making the right career choice, finding the right institutional fit, applying for a position, succeeding in the job interview and seminar, negotiating a start up package, establishing a lab, finding a mentor, networking and forming collaborations, applying for and getting a grant, undergoing the tenure process, teaching, and balancing research with many other commitments. Although the focus is on academic positions, the participants will also have an opportunity to learn about other scientific careers.

The Institute is intended for postdocs; however, new assistant professors (within one year of completion of postdoctoral training) and 5th year PhD students (near conferral of PhD degree) will also be considered, space permitting.

Participants will be required to pay a $25 registration fee upon selection; however, all eligible applicants (those not receiving federally-funded travel support and meeting other criteria) who are selected to participate in the Institute will receive travel awards (maximum $1,250).

Applications must be received by April 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT. Space is limited.

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