The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and collaborating minority serving institutions
in the state of North Carolina are seeking outstanding candidates for a unique NIH-supported
postdoctoral training fellowship. Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) is
designed for scientists interested in academic careers that emphasize both research and
teaching. These multi-year fellowships will enable the postdocs to pursue independent, original
research in one of over 100 UNC-CH laboratories representing diverse disciplines aligned with the
mission on the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and training in science
education, instructional technology-supported learning, and professional skills.
The scholars receive mentored, practical classroom experience by training at our partner institutions
and designing and teaching undergraduate courses. In addition, SPIRE's collaborations enable scholars
to contribute to achieving diversity in science professions. Each fellowship includes
participation in a Seminar on College Teaching, a grant writing initiative, and other professional development workshops. As a Community of Postdoctoral
Scholars, SPIRE scholars administer a Distinguished Scholar seminar series for the larger scientific
Applicants can be either new Ph.D.s or postdocs with up to two years postgraduate training at the time
of appointment. Underrepresented candidates, including those with disabilities, are strongly
encouraged to apply. Stipends are commensurate with NIH guidelines for experience and health
insurance will be provided.
Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE)
Applications due: February 1, 2016
For further information about the SPIRE program and the application process, please visit our
website at http://spire.unc.edu . UNC-CH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.