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The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting nominations for the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. The awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical and computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. Candidates are expected to draw from their training in a scientific field other than biology to propose innovative approaches to answer important questions in the biological sciences.

The research proposal must address questions in any area of biomedical science. Research methods may include any combination of experiment, computation, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, imaging, or computer simulation. Selection will be based on depth and rigor of training in a scientific discipline other than biology, importance of biological questions identified in the proposal, innovation in the approaches chosen to answer them, interdisciplinary nature of research plan, potential of the candidate to establish a successful independent research career, and quality of proposed collaborations.

Candidates must:

  • hold a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry (physical, theoretical, or computational), computer science, statistics, or engineering - exceptions will be made only if the applicant can demonstrate significant expertise in one of these areas, evidenced by publications or advanced course work;
  • have completed at least six months but not more than 48 months of postdoctoral research at the time of application;
  • neither hold nor have accepted, either in writing or verbally, a faculty appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor at the time of application;
  • be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada or U.S. temporary residents holding H1B visas; and
  • be nominated by a dean or department chair at the accredited, degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada where they will take their postdoctoral training under the award.

Because MU is limited to two applications for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 5:00 pm Thursday, April 13, 2006. Letters of intent should be limited to a 2-page biographical sketch and a 2-page letter of intent summarizing 1) the questions to be addressed and the approaches to be taken, and 2) any anticipated interdisciplinary collaborations.


$500,000 over five years

MU Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2006 (letter of intent)
Sponsor Deadline:

May 1, 2006

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in physical science disciplines.  Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

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