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Biomedical Informatics Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

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Program Description

The Biomedical Informatics Postdoctoral Research Fellowships component of the Biomedical Informatics Training Program at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications provides training and research opportunities to recent MDs and PhDs, with the goal of producing future leaders in biomedical informatics research. Participants interact and work with LHNCBC research staff preceptors and have the opportunity to make significant contributions to their fields. The FAQs include information about the lecture series that fellows can attend.

Appointments are for one year and are renewable for an additional year upon recommendation of LHNCBC and availability of funds. Recipients receive stipends, which can vary depending on degree and experience.

Requirements and Selection

Applicants should have received an MD or PhD from an accredited academic institution in an appropriate discipline or expect to complete all requirements for that degree by the time they would like to begin this program.

A background in one or more of the following is required:

  • Content-based image retrieval
  • Document image analysis and understanding
  • Medical image processing
  • Named entity recognition
  • Natural language processing
  • Web document analysis

Applicants with exceptional programming skills in at least one programming language, such as Java, C++, or MATLAB, are preferred.

Program participants will be selected based on their scientific background and experience, research accomplishments, the ability to match an applicant's background and capabilities with LHNCBC research projects, letters of recommendation, awards and honors, and the availability of funds, projects, staff, and facilities.

Applications and Questions

The deadlines for submitting applications are January 15 and June 15. Applicants will be notified approximately four weeks after the submission deadline.

Application materials, which can be submitted electronically to the e-mail address given below, should include:

  • A letter of interest that states that this is an application for the Biomedical Informatics Postdoctoral Research Fellowships program, outlines the applicant's research interests, and includes desired starting and ending dates, e-mail address, postal address, and day and evening phone numbers
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications, awards, and honors
  • Transcript for the most recently completed degree
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please send application materials and address questions to:

Paul Fontelo, MD MPH
Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
U.S. National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Bldg. 38A, MSC 3826
Bethesda, MD 20894