BEACON Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Reminder: The deadline is approaching for BEACON’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows Program.

BEACON is an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered at Michigan State University with partners at North Carolina A&T State University, University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington. BEACON brings together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolutionary dynamics using biological and computational techniques and to apply evolutionary principles to engineering problems. We seek outstanding post-doctoral scholars to pursue interdisciplinary research on evolution in action with BEACON faculty members, in the fields of biology, computer science, and/or engineering.

Applicants will propose a research project within the scope of BEACON’s mission and must have two BEACON faculty sponsors who will serve as research mentors should the fellowship be awarded. At least one sponsor must be from the MSU faculty; the other sponsor may be from any of the five BEACON institutions. Preference is given for interdisciplinary research. The postdoc fellow will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Please see our website ( for information about BEACON’s mission, participants and ongoing research projects.

Applicants must submit the following, in a single PDF, to BEACON Managing Director Danielle Whittaker via email (

  1. CV
  2. A two-page description of their research plan
  3. A one-page summary of their doctoral research

Also required (may be sent separately):

  • Letters of support from two BEACON sponsors (at least one must be from MSU)
  • Two additional letters of recommendation

Fellowships are for two years and include a salary of $50,000/year and modest funds to support research and travel. The successful applicant will help foster collaborations among faculty and disciplines and serve as a professional model for pre-doctoral trainees.

A Ph.D. in biology, computer science, engineering or related fields is required. Current MSU graduate students or postdocs are not eligible for this fellowship. Minority applicants are especially encouraged to apply. MSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

The deadline for applications is December 15 of each year. Finalists will be invited to give research seminars in January/February, and the award will be announced in late February.

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