The UC Davis MIND Institute’s interdisciplinary Autism Research Training Program announces the availability of three NIH-funded postdoctoral positions (restricted to US citizens and permanent residents) and one unrestricted university-funded postdoctoral position in interdisciplinary autism research to begin on September 1, 2016. Positions are for two years, subject to successful review during the first year; stipend levels follow NIH guidelines. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.

Background: This program merges the behavioral and biological sciences in the context of an interdisciplinary, autism-focused research program, and is organized around a set of core competencies that involves multiple areas of autism-related knowledge. Competencies are acquired through: individual mentorship, research in ongoing interdisciplinary projects, the didactic core curriculum, and conferences, lecture series and other training opportunities.

Qualifications: Appropriate candidates have either a doctorate in biomedical or behavioral science or an M.D., and are committed to a career in autism research.

Applications: Program information, including potential faculty mentors and specifics of the application process, is available on the MIND Institute website ( – select Education-Autism Research Postdoctoral Training Program.


Postdoctoral Training Program Application Process

The goal of the postdoctoral training program is to prepare interdisciplinary scientists for a career in autism research. Applications will be considered as they are received; entry into the training program can begin at any time that there are openings. The program is administered under Kirschstein-NRSA guidelines.


Training program applicants should complete the following steps:

1.  Identify and Obtain a Commitment from a Potential Mentor

To  be considered for this program, an applicant must obtain a commitment from a member of the Training Program Faculty » who believes that a good match exists between the skills and interests of the applicant and the mentor has space for a postdoctoral fellow. Applicants should contact potential mentors and discuss these issues prior to application.

2.  Submit a Letter of Interest

Each  applicant should write a letter to the program directors, Drs. Sally J. Rogers, and David G. Amaral, that describes their interest in the program. This letter should contain:

a description of their long term professional goals and a detailed description of the program of research they plan to pursue in collaboration with their mentor;

their learning goals in entering the program, including descriptions of disciplinary strengths and disciplinary areas in which they desire continued learning;

their experience and background, if any, in autism related research (not required); and

the month in which they would be ready to begin the training program. Please note that applicants must have completed all work for their doctoral degrees before entering the training program.

3. Submit a Current Curriculum Vitae

An up-to-date curriculum vitae, that contains all educational and professional content, as well as contact information for both the applicant and their references, and, if the applicant wishes, information about gender and membership in an historically under-represented group, should be included in the application packet.

4.  Provide a Sample of Written Work

A  sample of the applicant’s own written work — a publication, submission, research paper for a class, or a similar document — should be included in the application packet.

5.  Request and Ensure Electronic Submission of Three Letters of Recommendations

Applicants  should request and ensure timely electronical submission of letters of recommendations from three persons who can speak knowledgeably about the applicant’s potential for an independent research career.

6.  Request and Ensure Electronic Submission for Brief Letter 

Applicants should request and ensure timely electronical submission for a brief letter from the ARTP member who has agreed to support your application. Please submit all 6 materials at one time.

Please contact Diane Larzelere at if you need additional information.