The Postbaccalaureate Program at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at MPFI.
Postbaccalaureate Fellows (“Postbacs”) work under the mentorship of some of the world’s leading scientists, in an environment that exclusively focuses on basic neuroscience research. MPFI consists of eight research groups in a state-of-the-art research facility located in Jupiter, FL on the same campus as Florida Atlantic University and UF Scripps Biomedical Research.
Potential candidates are encouraged to identify principal investigators that match their research interests before applying to the program by browsing the MPFI website. Each postbac will be placed in a research group and work on a semi-independent project with close mentorship often provided by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. MPFI Core Facilities also offer training opportunities for postbacs through collaborative projects with the Research Group Leaders specializing in the following areas: electron microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, data science, and machine learning.
Postbacs are regularly exposed to leaders in neuroscience outside of MPFI in the ongoing MPFI scientific seminar series and often have the opportunity to interact with speakers at informal luncheons following the seminars. In addition to exposure to cutting-edge neuroscience research, postbacs also participate in a wide range of career education and professional development activities including workshops on graduate school application preparation, poster and oral presentations, and other topics aimed at helping postbacs become well-rounded scientific professionals. MPFI provides a vibrant and supportive training environment with regular scientific and social events to foster interactions between trainees and scientists at the Institute.
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