How to Apply

Applications and hiring have been paused for this year due to COVID-19. We will review and re-assess June of 2021.

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Interviews: typically November through March, however they are paused for this year due to COVID-19. Interviews are set to resume in 2022

Appointees are expected to establish and maintain an outstanding research program, to bring or develop substantial external research funding, and to become leaders in departmental and program activities, including teaching at the medical, graduate, and/or undergraduate levels. 

Candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • A PhD, MD, or other terminal degree
  • A minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience (or equivalent)
  • Evidence of superlative scientific accomplishment and scholarly promise

Primary school and departmental affiliation(s) will be determined by the applicant's qualifications and preferences, and by relevance of the applicant's research program to departmental initiatives and themes. All faculty recruited through BSSP are appointed at the assistant professor level and must not have had a previous tenure-track faculty appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I submit a letter of recommendation?


If you are submitting a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant, please follow the instructions sent to you via email. Please contact for additional questions or concerns.


Letters of recommendation are due by Friday, November 1, 2019.


Do I need to send reprints?


Reprints are not needed for the application.


How do I know my application has been received?


You will get an automated e-mail confirmation after you apply. If you do not receive a confirmation, contact our staff at


When can I find out about the status of my application?


The Biological Sciences Scholars Program (BSSP) Search Committee reviews each application. Formal updates are provided to applicants after all applications have been reviewed. Due to the sensitive and complex nature of the review process, this information is not available online.


Email inquiries about the status of an application in the review process may be directed to and will be answered starting about 8 weeks after the review process has begun, following the application deadline.


How do I find out if my letters of support have been received?


You will receive an automated e-mail notification when reference letters have been submitted on your behalf. You can also check the status of all letters on the application website.


What is expected in the research plan?


It is up to you to determine how you wish to use the three pages to outline future research plans.  There are no specifications for the format.  You should speak with your faculty mentor if you are unsure how to prepare a compelling description of your future research plans.


How do I withdraw my application?


Please contact us at, and we will delete your application.