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The CHOP Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs provides you with articles and information that will help you to learn new and useful skills, and teach you how to navigate the CHOP research environment. The Trainee Resources page may have additional links and tools to assist you.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - National Postdoctoral Association Connection

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to providing a national voice for postdoctoral fellows. CHOP has a longstanding relationship with the NPA. Our institutional membership provides you with access to a FREE affiliate membership and a number of professional development resources on their Web site. Please contact us with any registration questions you may have.


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Postdoctoral Researcher at UPenn School of Medicine

There is an open position on the T32 training grant “HIV Pathogenesis, Vaccination and Cure”. We have one slot available that can be used for either a pre-doctoral of post-doctoral researcher. For this position, we seek to identify experts in relevant emerging technologies or approaches that can be newly applied to HIV research by appointment of a talented trainee to the open position. “Blue sky” proposals are encouraged.

To apply, please send ONE PDF which includes the applicant’s CV and paragraph written by the applicant on their proposed research, including how new ideas will be brought to HIV research. Please also specify whether they have been a T32 trainee in the past (which T32, how long).

We seek to prioritize:

  • Conceptual novelty
  • Inclusion of URMs and DTs
  • Inclusion of labs that have not previously had a trainee
  • Top quality applicants (as assessed by grades, prelim scores, publication, etc)

To be eligible for training grant support, applicants must be U.S. citizens or green card holders.


Please send applications in a single PDF to Laurie Zimmerman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Please forward this email to any  researchers on campus who are not already part of the training program.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.



Rick Bushman and Jim Riley

Postdoctoral Research Positions, Dreyfuss Lab

The laboratory is focused on mRNA processing, RNA-binding proteins, the role of U1 snRNP in transcription regulation and polyadenylation, the SMN complex and neurodegenerative diseases. Current studies involve biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and bioinformatics. Experience in any of these areas is desirable.

For background, please see:




Gideon Dreyfuss, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Isaac Norris Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 


Maura Jones, Lab Manager

Laboratory of Dr. Gideon Dreyfuss  
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Clinical Research Building, Room 330
415 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6148
Tel:  215-898-0172
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Faculty Positions in Infectious Diseases, Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic’s Florida Research and Innovation Center (FRIC), Port St. Lucie Florida, invites applications for several full-time positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full faculty level.

Positions will be within the broad field of emerging infectious diseases. All areas of virology/microbiology relevant to human disease are of interest, including molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, pathogen-host interactions, immune responses to infection, molecular virology/microbiology, vaccinology and antiviral therapies.

Ideal applicants will be creative and collaborative scientists using advanced approaches combining different elements of cell biology, genetics, bioinformatics, biochemistry and in vitro or in vivo models of infection.

The Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center (FRIC) is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of innovative translational research, focused on infectious diseases and immuno-oncology. The Center is an exceptional state-of-the-art facility with approximately 100,000 sq. ft. of dedicated research and support spaces. The FRIC has Shared Resource facilities in Flow Cytometry, Imaging, Bioinformatics, Select Agents and a Vivarium supporting ABSL-3 suites.

Faculty at the FRIC will closely collaborate with scientists at the Lerner Research Institute, a network of ~190 labs at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in Ohio. Faculty at the FRIC will also be encouraged to establish collaborations with physicians at the regional hospitals of Cleveland Clinic Florida.


Key requirements

The selected candidates will have an outstanding record in infectious diseases/virology or related fields (e.g. immunology). The selected candidates will possess scientific vision, leadership skills and be competitive in acquiring extramural grants. Basic requirements for the positions include a Ph.D. and/or M.D., as well as postdoctoral research experience and a strong record of research accomplishments and publications in the field of infectious diseases/virology or related fields. Candidates for positions at the Associate or Full faculty level will have demonstrated a strong track record of publications and external funding.


Application Instructions

Please apply by sending your CV, a motivation letter, a project description and providing contacts of four potential referees. The project description should be a maximum of 3 pages long and describe both current and future research plans.


Please email application materials to:

Michaela U. Gack, Ph.D.

The Arthur and Marylin Levitt Endowed Chair

Scientific Director

Florida Research and Innovation Center

Port Saint Lucie, FL

Administrative Support: Anne Gambardella; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Penn/Jefferson

This is a multi-PI grant that spans Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania.  The right candidate could spend time at either or both institutions. The PIs and chosen candidate will work out the details of whether they will be a Jefferson or Penn employee.

The Philp/Boesze-Battaglia labs are seeking an innovative and motivated postdoctoral fellow to study retinal metabolism in the murine retina. Studies will focus on how key metabolic transporters and enzymes required for fatty acid oxidation and ketogenesis impact normal visual function using transgenic mouse models. Candidates should have a solid background in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, and/or retinal biology. Interested applicants should send a cover letter detailing their research interests and career goals, current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Nancy Philp, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Opportunities for academic, professional development are available through mentorship of students, guest lecturing, and other teaching experiences. The laboratory of Dr. Boesze-Battaglia is housed in the Department of Basic and Translational Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. The Philp Lab is in the Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Tenure-Track/Tenure-Eligible Investigator in Biostatistics Branch, NCI-DCEG

The Biostatistics Branch (BB) in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a tenure-track/tenure eligible position to work on methods development and applications in a highly collaborative and data-rich environment with one-of-a-kind data and computational resources.

Click HERE to learn more about this position and how to apply.

 Postdoctoral Position Available in Upstate Medical University

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Brain Tumor Research Group (Viapiano Laboratory) at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University located in Syracuse, NY.

Click HERE to learn more about this position. 


External Training Opportunities

Science/AAAS Webinar: Deciphering the Cell Cycle: The Role of Cell Cycle Control in Cancer

Speakers: Yue Xiong, PhD (University of North Carolina) and Gary Schwartz, MD (Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center)

During the webinar, viewers will:               

  • Hear about exciting advancements in understanding how cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) regulate cell cycle control             
  • Discover how new CDK inhibitors can be used in combination with other therapeutics to target cancer
  • Learn about similarities and differences in critical cell cycle signaling pathways in different cancer types
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions during the live broadcast

Learn more and register




2020 Public Summit Action Collaborative Call for Presentation and Poster Proposals

The National Academies’ Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education is inviting abstract submissions for presentations and posters on promising and innovative practices to address and prevent sexual harassment in higher education. Presentations and poster sessions will take place during the Public Summit on October 19-20, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Click HERE to learn more.




Postdoc Academy

The Postdoc Academy is a digital and in-person professional development program designed specifically for postdocs, and is now open for registration! The free online course, titled "Succeeding as a Postdoc", will begin on June 22nd. This 6-week course will help you create a rewarding experience that launches you into your chosen career path. Register for the online course here.

In addition to the online course, you can join a Postdoc Academy Learning Session (PALS). Virtual local learning communities support online learning by connecting content directly to the local context and community, and also promote deeper learning of the material. PALS are small groups of postdoc who meet once a week in Zoom while taking the online course. PALS at will begin the week of June 22nd! Register for PALS here.

From Postdoc Academy:

This time of COVID-19 is challenging for us all, with the deep disruption in research and uncertainty. We acknowledge that some of you may be working remotely, and some are not able to, and many may be in difficult environments. It may be that a course that provides professional development around Resilience, Working in an Intercultural Environment, and Career Planning is not appropriate, but perhaps for many of you, this can be an opportunity to learn and develop skills, too. You can find outcomes of the prior running of the course here.

There are a number of local options for foreign national researchers in need of ESL training in the Philadelphia area.

Penn offers English Language Programs to members of the Penn and Philadelphia communities, which aim to successfully develop competence and fluency in English.

Join for the New England Science Symposium, Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference, and Effective Communications workshop. RSVP/application deadlines in January/February.