IRACDA at UCSC and CSUMB
Postdoctoral Fellowships for Successful Academic Careers in Stem Cell Biology
Left to right: Professor Lindsay Hinck (UCSC, co-PI), Dr. Catharina Casper-Lindley (UCSC, Program Director), Professor Aparna Sreenivasan (CSUMB, co-PI), Professor Camilla Forsberg (UCSC, co-PI).
Our program is one of 21 NIH-funded Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) programs in the nation that prepare postdocs with the foundation for successful careers in academia.
Our IRACDA program is a partnership between the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) and California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), and is operated by UCSC's Institute for the Biology of Stem Cells (IBSC).
We have a strong commitment to promote the well being and success of students and trainees who are historically underrepresented in biomedical research.
Postdoctoral salaries (at UCSC scale), benefits, research supplies, and funds to attend conferences are provided for up to 4 years. Typically, year 1 is supported by the sponsoring research PI and years 2-4 by the NIH program (further details are in our IRACDA handbook).
Throughout the 4-year training period, structured mentoring by research (UCSC) and teaching (CSUMB) mentors will provide postdocs with consistent feedback with respect to the development of research skills, pedagogy training, and career planning. Individual training plans will vary for each trainee. On average, postdocs will focus on:
Biomedical Research (75% time commitment) with a focus on Stem Cell Biology in the laboratory of a research mentor at the IBSC.
Career development (25% time commitment), including grant writing, the Responsible Conduct of Research, pedagogy, and teaching training and practice (the latter will be predominantly with a teaching mentor at CSUMB).
Additional Information about IRACDA training outcomes: