Independent Fellows in Quantitative Biology

Harvard University

United States


Position Description

We are looking for independent postdoctoral fellows to work at the interface between the life and mathematical sciences as part of Harvard’s Initiative in Quantitative Biology and its NSF/Simons Center for the Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Biology.

Funds from the Simons Foundation will support the fellow for three years. If their work is theoretical or computational, fellows can work fully independently, whereas if their work has an experimental component it will be located in the labs of one of the 21 faculty who are associated with the grant. We are especially interested in those whose graduate training is in mathematics and statistics and are interested in applying their knowledge and creativity to biological problems. These positions will be funded for 3 years. The program seeks to appoint researchers who have completed a Ph.D. within 18 months of their appointment. The appointment is expected to begin on or after January 1, 2020. We are accepting applications until August 9th, 2019. 
A short list of candidates will be invited to present their work at a symposium and interview on October 8 and 9, 2019.


Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. (preferably in mathematics/statistics) obtained within the last 18 months.


Additional Qualifications

Finalist will be required to attend a two day symposium and interview, October 8-9, 2019


Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal:

1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Research Proposal (up to 5 pages)
4. Summary of previous research
accomplishments (2 page limit) uploaded under the “Other” documents section.
5. PDF’s of 3 of your publications

During the application process, you will be asked to give the names and
e-mail addresses of at least three referees who will be contacted
automatically with a request to upload a letter of recommendation once the
candidates’ application has been submitted. Please allow at least 1 week for
your referees to upload their letters.

References must be received by the
deadline. Please note, the application is considered complete only when at
least three letters have been received.
All files must be submitted electronically in PDF format. Formatting of all documents should be in 11 point font, single spaced, with one inch margins.

For further questions about the fellow search, please contact Christopher Doty at


Contact Information

Christopher Doty
Faculty Coordinator for the Quantitative Biology Initiative


Contact Email


Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Research
  4. Publication
  5. Publication 2
  6. Publication 3
  7. Other

In your application, please refer to