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IRACDA at UCSC and CSUMB: Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Careers in Biomedical Sciences

Posted by on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 in Announcements .


  • March 4, 2022 (11AM-12PM PT, via Zoom)
  • May 25, 2022 (11AM-12PM PT, via Zoom)

Registration Links

  • Registration link for March 4 here.
  • Registration link for May 25 here.

Program Summary

Our program is one of 21 NIH-funded Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) programs in the nation that prepare postdocs with the foundation for successful careers in academia.

Our IRACDA program is a partnership between the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) and California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), and is operated by UCSC’s Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells (IBSC).

We have a strong commitment to promote the well being and success of students and trainees who are historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

Postdoctoral salaries (at UCSC scale), benefits, research supplies, and funds to attend conferences are provided for up to 4 years. Typically, year 1 is supported by the sponsoring research PI and years 2-4 by the NIH program (further details are in our IRACDA handbook).

Throughout the 4-year training period, structured mentoring by research (UCSC) and teaching (CSUMB) mentors will provide postdocs with consistent feedback with respect to the development of research skills, pedagogy training, and career planning. Individual training plans will vary for each trainee. On average, postdocs will focus on:

Biomedical Research (75% time commitment) with a focus on Stem Cell Biology in the laboratory of a research mentor at the IBSC.

Career development (25% time commitment), including grant writing, the Responsible Conduct of Research, pedagogy, and teaching training and practice (the latter will be predominantly with a teaching mentor at CSUMB)

Eligibility: All applicants must have received a PhD or PhD – equivalent in relevant areas of engineering or biology and have no longer than two years of prior postdoctoral training when their program cycle begins. For this NIH-sponsored program, candidates need to be US citizens or have permanent residency. We especially encourage people belonging to groups that are typically underrepresented in stem cell research to apply. Postdocs who already work at UCSC are eligible, provided that they are still within the first 2 years of their postdoc tenure.

Funding: 3 (UCSD, UCSF) or 4 (UCSC) years of program funding.

Application Process

Candidates need to identify a primary research laboratory at the IBSC and work with that PI on their research plan for the application. Please contact the IBSC if you require guidance to identify an appropriate laboratory ( Please submit the application form, the demographic form and the research plan to the IBSC and have your prospective UCSC mentor and two former advisors send their letters directly to the IBSC ( by the application deadline. More application details can be found here.

Application deadline: Friday, August 19, 2022

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