I am always looking for post-doctoral fellows to join my team. You should contact me to express your interest in working with me about 6-12 months before you would ideally start your fellowship.
If you contact me expressing interest in doing a post-doctoral fellowship with my team, you should send three documents:
1. Your CV/resume
What is this? This is a document outlining your educational background, work and volunteer experiences, and any other skills or experience that are relevant to a future career in research. Make sure to include details of publications, presentations, scholarships, awards, and grants.
Why do I want to see it? This gives me a good idea of who you are, what kinds of skills and experiences you have had, and your competitiveness for external fellowships.
2. Your transcripts
What are these? These are academic transcripts from all degree programs in which you have been enrolled. They do not have to be ‘official’ transcripts; you can print out or screenshot the transcripts from the University website.
Why do I want to see them? I would like to know what courses you have taken so that I can get an idea of your base knowledge. I’m not particularly concerned about your grades.
3. A statement of research interest
What is this? This is a one-page summary of a problem you would like to solve in your research, or a research question that you would like to answer. As a prospective post-doctoral fellow, your research ideas should be quite ‘mature’ compared prospective graduate students. You should also identify some specific learning needs for your fellowship (e.g., do you want to learn a research technique or gain experience working with a specific patient population?). You might also want to view the 'Current Projects' section of this website to see what our team is currently working on, and which projects are currently recruiting trainees.
Why do I want to see it? I want to know what you are interested in so that I know if our research interests align. I also want to get an idea of that quality of your writing and your thought process. We will use this document as the basis for fellowship applications.
You should e-mail these documents to me. In the body of your e-mail, please write a ‘cover letter’ that summarizes the information in the documents. You should also identify potential funding sources for your fellowship. Some post-doctoral fellows can be funded from my existing grants, but it is expected that trainees apply for all fellowships available to them.