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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Ideal candidates for the MPFI Postbaccalaureate Program are college graduates who have received their bachelor’s degree less than three years prior to the start date of the program and that are planning to pursue a Ph.D. in biological/biomedical sciences. Candidates intending to apply to M.D./Ph.D. programs are also suitable. International candidates are eligible to apply. Candidates with neuroscience or related research experience are preferred. Postbac fellows must be available to work full time for the entire duration of the program and cannot be simultaneously employed or enrolled in a degree-granting program. The 2023-2024 Postbac Program will run from July 16, 2023 to July 15, 2024.
Postbac Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience and is adjusted annually.
Prospective candidates must apply online on the MPFI Careers page during the 2023-2024 application period from January 1 – March 15, 2023.
Applicants must provide the following information and documents to successfully submit the application:
- Basic contact information (Name, mailing address, phone number, email)
- Names and contact information for two referees (faculty level strongly preferred)
- Research Statement (1,000 words max)
Please provide a research statement describing your qualifications and motivation for applying to the Postbac Program at MPFI. In your research statement, succinctly describe (1) your previous research experience (including experimental approaches and data analysis tools used) and how this experience has prepared you for the Postbac Program at MPFI, (2) your academic and career goals and how the Postbac Program will help you achieve these goals, and (3) which research group you are most interested in working with at MPFI and why.
- Unofficial transcripts for every university that you have attended
Applications will be reviewed following the application period, and the top candidates will be invited to interview in late March 2023. Individual PIs will select their postbac fellows from the applicants that advance beyond the interview round. Offers for the 2023-2024 Postbac Program are anticipated to be extended by April 2023.
For inquiries regarding MPFI’s Postbac Program, please contact email@example.com.
*Bolded author indicates MPFI Postbac Fellow
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