2020 Provost’s Early Career Fellowship in Healthcare Disparities University of Texas at Austin, United States

2020 Provost’s Early Career Fellowship in Healthcare Disparities

University of Texas at Austin, United States


At UT Austin, we are committed to building a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars. If you are an early career researcher, postdoctoral fellow or graduating PhD student interested in pursuing an independent academic career, the UT Austin Provost’s Early Career program could be ideal for you. This training program is designed to allow you to develop and pursue research and teaching topics upon which you can build a future academic career. Join a broad community committed to fostering your independent career growth in research, teaching, and scholarship. The program will enable you to build a network of emerging scholars like yourself and benefit from the mentorship of top faculty in your field.

As a Provost’s Early Career Fellow, you will join an energetic community of other incoming fellows training in different departments across the university. In Biomedical Engineering, we have designed a 3-year program where you will be mentored in all the different dimensions that make an assistant tenure- track professor successful. A major research focus for our program this year is health and healthcare disparities, particularly in the core strengths of our program in cardiovascular systems, cancer, and brain health. Fellows selected for this 3-year program will receive a competitive stipend, fringe benefits, relocation funds, travel funds, and discretionary research funds. Throughout the duration of the program, you will also participate in university-wide training provided by the Provost’s Office to further develop the skills to build a unique research and teaching portfolio. This will be complemented by a departmental mentoring program including a triad mentoring team for each fellow that includes: 1) primary BME research mentor; 2) health inequity or healthcare disparity mentor from Dell Medical School, School of Human Ecology, the Population Research Center, or other relevant program; 3) Cockrell engineering faculty member outside of BME with complementary research interests. Fellows will complete the research training portion of their fellowship in a primary BME faculty member’s laboratory. This research training will be complemented by summer internships with a health inequity research mentor. The departmental mentoring program will include participation in a proposal writing group and mentored course development on Healthcare Disparities. Fellows will gain experience in course content development, content delivery, and pedagogical tools to enhance student engagement. In the final year of the fellowship program, fellows will be invited to apply for an open, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering.


Required qualifications include a doctorate in engineering or a related field by June 1, 2021, demonstrated research excellence in biomedical research, and commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Candidates are also expected to have a strong interest in mentoring the new generation of leaders in biomedical engineering, undergraduate and graduate teaching in biomedical engineering, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the sciences for the professoriate. Additionally, we seek applicants who have a desire to build collaborations with Dell Medical School and the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, as well as other regional medical centers.

Application Instructions

Interested persons should include a cover letter expressing interest and stating the position for which applying; 1) a statement summarizing past contributions to and future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion; 2) a research proposal for the postdoctoral training program with identified research mentor (2 pages); 3) a statement of professional and teaching goals (1 page) 4) a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) including academic and professional experience; and 5) at least three confidentially submitted references via the Interfolio portal. A full description of the application instructions and criteria being used to assess faculty candidate statements is provided here: https://bit.ly/361ivOa . Applications received before January 1, 2021 will be given priority review.

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The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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