Post Docs in Science Education/Research #BETTR #IRACDA

Bronx-Einstien is recruiting postdoctoral fellows for a funded post-doctoral training program (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award – IRACDA /K12). This program provides an enhanced post-doctoral experience that includes teaching skills in addition to normal research activities. Candidates need to be training grant-eligible and in their first or second year of a post-doc and first rate research credentials in addition to their interest in teaching.


We are currently recruiting for a NIH funded post-doctoral training program (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award – IRACDA /K12) to train scientist/educators. This is one of only 20 IRACDA programs nation-wide and the only program in the New York metropolitan area.

Our Bronx-Einstein Training in Teaching and Research (BETTR) program is a three-year post-doctoral scholars program, which couples training in independent research with training in innovative teaching techniques and the experience in and guidance for hands-on teaching focused on undergraduate urban environments. Post-doctoral fellows in this program will spend 75% effort in research and 25% in teaching-related training. Our teaching partners are Lehman College and Hostos Community College, both Hispanic-serving institutions nearby in the Bronx that are part of the City University of NY (CUNY) system.

The overall goal of the program is to increase the diversity of scientists in academic science through Einstein’s interactions with students and faculty at our partner institutions. The vehicle is the training of BETTR scholars in research and teaching. BETTR Scholars must be training grant eligible, i.e. green card holders or American citizens. Women, under-represented minorities and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Prior to entering the BETTR program, Scholars will spend a year at Einstein establishing their research project, funded by the research mentor.  The BETTR program will be composed of cadres of two to three post-doctoral fellows (Scholars) per year for a three-year program. The BETTR program provides salary support for the scholars and funds the scholars to attend both a research- related meeting and the annual IRACDA meeting.

During the first year in the program (second year in postdoctoral training), scholars will continue their research program for 75% of their time. They will additionally choose a teaching mentor at both of our partner institutions and spend 25% of their time in the development of teaching skills. During the following year, scholars will carry out their teaching effort (25%) by hands-on teaching and in course development in collaboration with their teaching mentors, which they will teach during the final year.

Throughout the program, Scholars will work to achieve research excellence by actively pursuing their own research projects, presenting at scientific conferences, and attending research-focused workshops, all of which will culminate in the submission of a career development grant application in the last year of the program.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, or know of anyone interested, please contact Dianne Cox ( and Barbara Birshtein ( Inclusion of a current CV and a brief statement of teaching background and interests would be helpful.

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