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NITMB Fellows Program

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We seek remarkable early-career researchers, who will have completed a doctoral degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology or related fields by September 2025. This opportunity is open to researchers who want to develop theory and computational approaches to study any area of biology. Under the mentorship of NSF-Simons National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology leadership, fellows will develop an independent research program aligned with the Institute’s interest in the constraints and capabilities of living systems, fostering collaborations with NITMB members or others outside the Institute.


This three-year fellowship offers a competitive salary and generous research stipend. The goal of the fellowship is to empower an early-career scholar to define their research path, either independently or in close collaboration with members across various departments, including Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering.

Appointments can start as early as April 1, 2025 but no later than September 1, 2025, and will be at the internal University rank of Postdoctoral Scholar. This position is open to individuals who are less than seven years post attainment of their Ph.D. degree. NITMB Fellows will be part of a thriving intellectual community with no teaching obligations, allowing full dedication to groundbreaking research. There are opportunities to participate in NITMB-sponsored outreach programs.

Application Materials

Upload the following documents to the submission portal. The portal will be available end of August 2024.

  1. Cover letter 

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. List of publications and preprints

  4. Description of research interests to be pursued at the NITMB

  5. Three Letters of Recommendation from faculty members or senior research scientists who are active in the field of study in question.

Required materials and the letters of reference must be received by October 15, 2024.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. For additional information, please see the Universities' Statements on Diversity.

Northwestern University's Statement on Diversity

University of Chicago's Statement on Diversity

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Northwestern University's Notice of Nondiscrimination

University of Chicago's Notice of Nondiscrimination

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