The program is a full-time working fellowship for doctorate-degree level scientists; the fellowship duration is two years (pending funds). Post-masters level fellows are eligible for the Newborn Screening Fellowship. Fellows are placed in state public health laboratories throughout the US to receive training in bench-level laboratory skills and methods, and assist with newborn screening laboratory operations and research. Once in their host laboratories, fellows are supervised by an experienced mentor and work on bench-level projects proposed by the host laboratory. In addition to laboratory-specific work, fellows participate in distance-based training and learning activities to achieve proficiency in select public health laboratory core competencies.
Fellows receive a stipend, allowances for medical insurance and professional development, and complimentary student membership to APHL. The 2020 post-doc stipend starts at $65,000/year. The 2020 post-masters stipend starts at $54,095/year. Additional funds are available for health insurance.
Eligibility and Requirements
Applicants must be US citizens. Applicants to the program must have completed a doctorate or master's degree in genetics, genomics, public health, molecular biology, population health or other related discipline by the program start date. The degree must have been received within the last five years.
The next application cycle will begin in winter 2020 once the host laboratory has been identified. Applicants are recruited and selected by the host laboratory. The application process includes submission of a CV or resume, references, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, statement of purpose, and proof of US citizenship or permanent residency. The host laboratory may request additional supporting documents at their discretion and based on their recruitment process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received by the host laboratory by the application deadline. Application materials may be submitted to Hiral Desai at email@example.com.
The Ronald H. Laessig Memorial NBS Fellowship is not currently accepting applications for host laboratories. APHL member local and state public health laboratories interested in applying to host a future NBS Fellow should review the host laboratory instructions and application page.
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FAQs about the program and the application process. Still have questions? Contact Hiral Desai, Newborn Screening & Genetics Bioinformatics specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.