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Postdoctoral Positions

The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Northwestern University is a place where mathematical scientists and developmental biologists intensely work together on a broad range of questions arising from investigations into the biology of animal development. The scientific goals of the Center require new approaches to studying the growth and development of living organisms. To promote innovation and creativity, the Center uses funds from the Simons Foundation and the NSF to provide salary and research support for postdoctoral fellows. Fellows conduct their research under the mentorship of one of the Center faculty as part of his/her research group. Supported postdoctoral fellows are designated Center for Quantitative Biology Scholars.

The Center Scholars Program is designed to enhance interaction, training, and collaboration among participants in order to stimulate creative thinking and interdisciplinary science. Scholars work in close conjunction with scientists in other disciplines, often embedded with these groups as well as their home group.

Research groups seeking postdoctoral fellows include: Ravi Allada, Rosemary Braun, William KathJiPing Wang, Xiaozhong (Alec) Wang.

Description of Appointment

Appointment includes:

  • Competitive salary with fringe benefits
  • Travel funds

Research funds are provided by the Fellow’s faculty mentor.


We are looking to recruit diverse young mathematical or life scientists who are interested in sustained interdisciplinary collaborations on challenging problems in developmental biology. Applicants should have completed a PhD degree (or its equivalent) or should be preparing to complete the degree. Prior interdisciplinary experience is not required. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.


Center for Quantitative Biology Fellows are expected to conduct research under the mentorship of a Center faculty member. Fellows also participate in the vibrant intellectual life of the Center, which offers an exceptional training program in interdisciplinary science. Fellows participate in the following activities:

  • Biweekly Research-in-Progress meetings
  • Biweekly journal club meetings
  • Center workshops
  • Center seminars
  • Annual Center Symposium
  • Training in instructional practice and mentoring in interdisciplinary classrooms and labs
  • Mentorship experience in the Science Club program for middle school students

To submit your application, send it as an email attachment to the Center Investigator whose lab you are applying to join. Please write in the Subject line: Center Fellow Application

Materials required for submission:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Summary of previous research accomplishments (2-page limit)
  • Statement of Purpose to pursue a career at the interface of mathematics and biology (1-page limit)
  • Names and contact information of three references to provide letters of recommendation.

All materials must be submitted as one file in PDF format with your last_first name as the filename. Formatting of all documents should be in 11-point font, single spaced, with 0.5-inch margins. Embedded figures are acceptable.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation should be emailed directly from your recommender to “center PI name(s) here”, at “email address here”.  Please write in the Subject line: Application Fellow “your last name”

Center Investigators accepting applications:

Ravi Allada
Project 3: Environmental Cycles
Seeking a Life Scientist
Rosemary Braun

William Kath

Project 3: Environmental Cycles
Seeking a Mathematical Scientist
JiPing Wang

Xiaozhong (Alec) Wang

Project 5: Pluripotency
Mathematical Scientist


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