The UC San Francisco — IRACDUCSF logoA program is currently accepting applications to fund up to three postdoctoral scholars through the UCSF IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) Program, sponsored by a K12 NIH (NIGMS) award.

The mission of this program is aimed at building a diverse group of highly trained biomedical research scientists. Postdoctoral scholars will be supported to carry out impactful and innovative biomedical research with an appropriate research mentor for up to three years.

The UCSF IRACDA Scholars Program is structured to provide up to three years of salary support in accordance with current NIH guidelines. It is expected that all scholars will work to secure independent funding (NIH-NRSA, Private Fellowships, or NIH-K awards) at the end of their three-year IRACDA period in order to establish a vibrant, independent research program.

Scholars will be expected to participate in research-based mentoring of undergraduate students (during the summer) from our partner school San Francisco State University (SFSU) and will also obtain a finite teaching experience with one of SFSU’s master teachers. SFSU has a demonstrated commitment to provide training and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical workforce. Ongoing monthly workshops organized by the UCSF IRACDA Program will help facilitate critical skills including mentoring, grant writing, and professional development.


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • committed to pursuing an academic career in biomedical research with a demonstrated record
  • committed to increasing diversity in academia
  • must receive doctoral degree before starting the program and be ready to be appointed from August 1 – October 1, 2017
  • if current postdoc, must be within the first year of your first postdoc appointment at time of application

Candidates from underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.


UCSF-IRACDA scholars will receive salary, travel funds to attend the annual national IRACDA conference and at least one other scientific meeting per year, and a small annual research allowance. All UCSF postdocs are entitled to the standard UCSF Postdoctoral Scholar benefits package.

Applications are due April 2, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit UCSF-IRACDA website, or contact Anne Sufka, program coordinator.

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