New Postdoctoral Training Program Provides Bridge to Translational Science Research Careers

Three researchers in white coats at a microscope.

Next month, ICTR will begin screening applicants for our newest Career Development offering, a TL1 Postdoctoral Training program. With an application deadline of March 6, this new program joins the KL2 Scholars Program, the existing TL1 Predoctoral Program, and the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) Pilot Grant Awards as part of our expanding portfolio for Workforce Development. Rob Lemanske, ICTR Deputy Executive Director, comments,

Our workforce development team is both motivated and enthusiastic about offering this new training program. It represents one of the largest revisions to our career development offerings since the inception of the predoctoral TL1 and KL2 programs in 2009 after ICTR was first funded by the NIH.

We designed this program to bridge the gap for junior investigators who have already completed some postdoctoral-style training, but who need more time to develop the full potential of their prior research to become successful and innovative scholars who can function within, and significantly contribute to, the translational research space both independently and/or as part of collaborative teams.

Because this program was developed as part of our renewal application to the CTSA program last fall, funding is contingent upon successful renewal of the NIH CTSA award.

The new Postdoctoral Program is intended for individuals already having a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DVM, PharmD, etc.) and will support research projects along the entire translational research spectrum. There are two paths for applicants. One path is for applicants who currently hold, or will successfully obtain at the time of enrollment, a non-tenure track faculty title (CHS, Clinical Track). A second path is for applicants who have a departmental commitment that they will be appointed to the UW Madison faculty (tenure track or non-tenure track title series) upon successful completion of the TL1 Postdoctoral award. In addition to other program activities, trainees must complete coursework required for the ICTR Fundamentals of Clinical Research Certificate.

If you are interested in applying to the program, but missed the required information sessions, please contact Ana Garic for more information and instructions on how to access video recordings of the sessions.

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TL1 Post-Doctoral Training Program

This NIH-funded TL1 Post-Doctoral Trainee Program will provide a firm foundational pathway to bridge between previous doctoral training (MD, PharmD, DVM, PhD, etc.) and future independent and sustained careers in translational and clinical sciences. The program supports Trainees conducting research along the entire translational research spectrum. Upon completion of the TL1 Postdoctoral appointment, we expect Trainees will be poised to successfully compete for institutional KL2/K12/other career development and/or extramural funding.

Eligibility is limited to applicants who are, or will be, in a non-tenure track faculty title series or academic staff with a UW faculty mentor.  We select trainees who, upon successful completion of the TL1 Postdoctoral award, are highly competitive for faculty appointments at UW Madison, or other major translational research institutions (tenure track or non-tenure track title series).

The program has a bi-annual admission policy. As such, applications are accepted quarterly during the calendar year.  Ordinary application deadlines are April 1 and October 1.  Special applications dates are available on Jan 1 and July 1 for individuals not currently at UW, who are considering UW trainee appointments, if awarded. All applicants must indicate their intent to apply at least 1 week prior to deadlines.  Regardless of application time, start dates are January 1 and July 1 of each calendar year.

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TL1 Predoctoral Training Program

The goal of the ICTR Predoctoral TL1 Program is to train future clinical and translational leaders and to expose all UW health-care professionals and engineering students to the scientific foundation of this discipline. This training program builds on strong clinical and translational training programs that already exist in the School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, College of Engineering, and School of Veterinary Medicine.

Current RFAs and application materials can be found on the Career Development page.

Please direct questions to Peggy Hatfield, acting TL1 Pre-Doctoral Program Coordinator, at pmhatfie@wisc.edu.