IRACDA at UCSC and CSUMB

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Successful Academic Careers in Stem Cell Biology

Our first cohort will start January 2021. The application deadline for the 2022 cohort will be August 13, 2021 (details below). Please email all questions to: ibsc@ucsc.edu.




Our team

From 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).

Program Summary


Our NIH-sponsored IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) 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).

The goal of this program is to prepare postdocs with the foundation for a successful career in academia by providing rigorous research training in the field of Stem Cell Biology and by imparting mentoring skills that promote inclusive learning environments.

The UCSC/CSUMB IRACDA program has a strong commitment to promote the well being and success of students and trainees who are historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

Postdoctoral salaries, benefits, and training expenses are provided by the program. Typically, year 1 is supported by the sponsoring research PI and years 3-4 by the NIH program. 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. Postdocs will focus on:

Biomedical Research with a focus on Stem Cell Biology in the laboratory of a research mentor at the IBSC (75% time commitment)

Teaching and Mentoring training and practice, predominantly with a teaching mentor at CSUMB (25% time commitment).