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Grant funds postdoctoral research in child and adolescent health

Interested in applying engineering solutions to help improve health care?

Northwestern is now accepting applications for a postdoctoral training program that will educate the next generation of pediatricians, engineers, and data scientists interested in solving child health problems.

The Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health promotes interactions among pediatric mentors and trainees from Lurie Children’s Hospital with Northwestern University engineers to encourage creative thinking and new approaches to child-health problems. The program’s overall goal is to address the need for well-trained researchers in pediatrics by attracting talented trainees, equipping them with the tools to succeed, and retaining their commitment to become independent investigators.

The program is supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Northwestern University NUCATS Institute. Applications for the July 2018 cohort are due March 16, 2018.

Applicants must either be engineers who are completing or have already completed a PhD, pediatricians interested in pursuing an independent research career as National Institutes of Health-funded scientists, or big data scientists who are completing or have already obtained a PhD in bioinformatics, statistics, or a related field. 

The training program also strives for a community of fellows and mentors from different backgrounds and perspectives to engage in a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. Those belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in research education and training are strongly encouraged to apply.

The two-year program will support postdoctoral fellows in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. Mentored by some of the United States’ top scientists, accepted candidates will gain extensive scientific training through formal coursework, off-site laboratory experience, and work presentations at national meetings. They will also learn how to develop, test, and apply engineering solutions to common clinical problems in children and adolescents.

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit the Training Program website or View the brochure.