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Biochemistry Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Department Awards Overview is available at Biochemistry Department Awards


Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University in the School of Medicine, Basic Sciences! We are glad that you are interested in our department for postdoctoral studies. Scholars in the Department of Biochemistry have access to cutting-edge technologies, world-class scientists, and thorough career training. Research interests of our faculty are diverse and include nucleic acid metabolism, structural biology, protein biochemistry, cellular signaling, cancer biology, and more. We invite you to contact our faculty members directly to discuss your specific research interests as a postdoctoral scholar. The department also sponsors postdoctoral scholar awards to fund the training of outstanding postdocs. See below for more information on the application process.

  • Biochemistry investigators seeking postdoctoral fellows (link)
  • Destination Biochemistry Postdoctoral Scholar Awards (early-career/incoming) (info and application link)
  • Other available departmental awards (link)

Outside of the lab, postdoctoral scholars are invited to develop presentation skills through participation in journal clubs and research-in-progress seminars. You will also have excellent opportunities to network with other scientists at departmental retreats, as part of the Frontiers in Biochemistry seminar series, and other events. And, the BRET office offers many career development opportunities targeted for postdoctoral trainees.

All postdoctoral scholars within the Department of Biochemistry have access to excellent career funding and resources as members of Vanderbilt’s Postdoctoral Association. They provide tools for campus-wide networking, relocation resources for moving to Nashville, and long-term career planning. In addition, we have an active Biochemistry postdoc association which works closely with our Biochemistry graduate student association to plan fun activities and career development events.

There are no teaching requirements for postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Biochemistry; if you are interested in the teaching aspect of training, excellent resources are available to Vanderbilt postdoctoral fellows at: