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A list of Vanderbilt University upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at

A list of Vanderbilt University Medical Center upcoming limited submission opportunities can be found at


Visit the Edge Bulletin Board to check their current list of national research funding opportunities with upcoming deadlines, updated often. To submit national opportunities, email Edge for Scholars.


Current opportunities, ordered closest to deadline date:

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, we’ve awarded 85 postdoctoral women scientists over $4 million in grants. We’re seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline.

The application and more information about the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact

DARPA Expands Opportunities for Computer Science Researchers with New Post-doc Program

Effort intends to enhance health of U.S. computer science research workforce


Through its Young Faculty Award program, DARPA has provided funding opportunities since 2006 as a forward-looking way to familiarize rising researchers in junior positions with national-security-relevant work within the Department of Defense (DoD). Building on that effort, the agency today announced it would broaden the scope of its commitment to talented young scientists, engineers, and mathematicians through a new fellowship program focused specifically on postdoctoral researchers in the field of computer science with grants sized to support each fellow for up to two years.


“Because the pandemic has disrupted research and teaching at institutions of higher education, the employment prospects of the current cohort of Ph.D. graduates has been severely impacted,” said Dr. Bill Scherlis, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office. “If left unaddressed, these adverse impacts will result in a shortfall in research-qualified individuals in computer-science fields such as cybersecurity, software engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, human-machine interaction, social-network engineering, and other areas that are critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.”


DARPA’s announcement regarding the new research program is available at Those who submit proposals must clearly explain an addressable DoD problem they intend to investigate, show an understanding of what is currently the state-of-the-art in the relevant research space, and suggest the types of new insights or findings that could be explored to tackle the problem. According to Scherlis, submissions should also include a credible research plan and schedule, as well as critical, quantitative milestones to be pursued and met over the research period.


“In particular, we would like to see proposals that seek to expand core technical foundations, design novel application concepts based on these foundations, and explore the intersection of technical fields,” said Scherlis. “Novel combinations of cyber, artificial intelligence, and information technologies are encouraged, especially if they provide unique approaches to de-escalate or deter conflict.”


Participation in DARPA’s new program is open to current U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have received a Ph.D. degree no earlier than June 2019 or who will have received a Ph.D. prior to the date of award, and who will be appointed to a postdoctoral position at a U.S. institution of higher education during the 2021-22 academic year. The solicitation includes special provisions that allow technical proposals to be submitted by current Ph.D. graduates in anticipation of appointment to postdoctoral positions.


For more information about the research announcement, including the nine topic areas of interest, please visit


external job opportunities

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Opportunities for Postdoctoral researchers

  • Biochemist: proven expertise in biochemistry and analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry.

o    Description: Assist the research and development of biological weapon countermeasures. Provide research and analysis of assays and biomarkers. Development and verification of rapid, sensitive, and specific tests for the identification of biological weapons. Demonstrated research credentials in biochemistry

  • Biologist: Proven expertise in medical countermeasures (vaccines, therapeutics) and/or toxicology.

o    Description: Support research for threat agent science that provides rapid validated chemical and biological agent property and reactivity data; toxicological mechanisms to inform risk assessments, medical chemical countermeasures that deliver novel medical concepts and technologies to address current and emerging threats. Demonstrated research credentials in biological sciences

  • Chemist: Proven expertise in analytical chemistry or related analytical methods.

o    Description: Support research in proposed and existing counter and defeat improvised threat technologies for deployment in theater and science and technology efforts. Demonstrated research in chemistry and the use of analytic equipment and data analysis. Research in explosive chemistry is preferred.

  • Physicist: Proven expertise in high energy or nuclear physics, and research methods including detection systems, data collection, and data analytic techniques.

o    Description: Support research in proposed and existing counter and defeat improvised threat technologies for science and technology efforts. Demonstrated research in detection sciences – use of detectors, operations and evaluation of detector data, and use of data analytic techniques.

  • Physical Scientist: Proven expertise in physical science and the impact of radiation on the physical environment.

o    Description: Assist in model development, test, integration and transition of radiological and nuclear modeling tools. Examine WMD lethality and vulnerability models and integration with computational tools. Demonstrated research in the use of mathematical methods of computation, and the ability to modify existing codes in computational analysis

  • Physical Scientist: Proven expertise in plasma physics or nucleon related research

o    Description: Experience with research and experimentation in plasma physics and/or nucleon interaction. Demonstrated understanding of plasma states of matter, nuclear fission and fusion, and ionizing radiation resulting from fission and fusion.

  • Engineer or Solid State Physicist: Proven expertise in electricity and magnetism and/or circuit and system response.

o    Description: Provide assistance to the nuclear survivability of DoD systems and components. Assess technology development to produce radiation-tolerant, high-performance, high-reliability dual-use microelectronics and photonics. Review and evaluate hardening methodologies.

Additional qualifications:

  • DoD security clearance or ability to obtain a DoD Top Secret clearance.
  • US citizens.
  • Demonstrated ability to works as part of a team to solve problems.
  • Experience conducting analysis and communicating those results clearly to a broad audience.

Interested candidates should forward CV or contact:

The Institute is looking for exceptionally bright and motivated individuals with an established record of high-quality research, and a strong commitment to teaching, for faculty positions in its various academic departments and centres spanning various branches of science and engineering. The Institute invites applications from citizens of India as well as other nationalities. IISc strongly encourages diversity among its faculty.

The Institute is delighted to hold an  online interactive session with prospective faculty candidates keen on knowing more about faculty opportunities at IISc in all areas of science and engineering. This is scheduled on 19th and 20th November.

More details are available at :