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Postdoctoral Traineeships

Applications for the 2011-2012 academic year are no longer being accepted.

The University of Pennsylvania PENN CIGHT postdoctoral training program is recruiting junior investigators who are interested in developing research skills and expertise in the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genetics and genomics. The training program is sponsored by the PENN CIGHT, a multidisciplinary, NIH-funded research center focused on studying ELSI-related aspects of uncertainty engendered by new genetic technologies.  The overall goal of the Center is to develop tools that will help consumers, professionals, policy makers, and insurers understand and cope with the implications of advances in genetic research. The center’s current research focuses on barriers to the integration of genomics into health care and evaluating the impact of uncertainties associated with genomics technologies on patients and providers.  The PENN CIGHT postdoctoral training program is a multidisciplinary, integrative 1-2 year experience. It includes three primary components:

  1. A mentored research project designed and conducted by the trainee in collaboration with his/her mentors.
  2. Involvement in the activities of the center including monthly conferences, annual retreats, research progress meetings, and linkages to the five other ELSI Centers of Excellence.
  3. Individualized training experiences designed to match the research area and interests of the trainee.

Each trainee will be linked to one or more mentors from the PENN CIGHT faculty.  Potential mentors include experts from multiple schools at Penn.

The Penn CIGHT postdoctoral training program is appropriate for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds including the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, genetics and other basic sciences, nursing and medicine. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (Green Card holder) and must have received no more than four years of NRSA funding by the time of appointment.  The stipend includes individual health benefits.

Underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Individuals interested in applying should submit (1) a current curriculum vitae including previous research experience, (2) a personal statement describing their reason for pursuing this training program and their potential research interests, limited to one page; and, (3) a letter of recommendation from their training director or doctoral committee chairperson/advisor. Applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis.

Mail applications to:  PENN CIGHT, 1112 Penn Tower, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 399 S. 34th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Or email:  penncight@uphs.upenn.edu

For additional information, contact Cara Zayac at cara.zayac@uphs.upenn.edu.