Research Postdoc

The Biomedical and Health Informatics program offers a modest number of postdoctoral training fellowships, funded by the National Library of Medicine. These fellowships typically begin in the fall of each year, and are usually of two-year duration. Note that eligibility for these fellowships is limited to US citizens and permanent residents.

These fellowships are available to individuals from a variety of backgrounds who are interested in working with our faculty on their ongoing research projects. Funded NLM postdocs who are not also seeking a BHI degree have a set of coursework requirements, which include taking four of our eight core departmental courses. Please see details at the bottom of this page.

Prospective applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship should contact the program office in advance of the deadline to indicate their interest.

The Biomedical and Health Informatics program offers a modest number of postdoctoral training fellowships funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). These fellowships typically begin in September of each year and are usually for a two-year duration.

Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients are required to have an earned doctoral-level degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution in hand at the time of appointment. Note that eligibility for these fellowships is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Application Instructions 
The next admissions cycle for postdoctoral training fellowships is for the 2017-2018 academic year. We expect to have three NLM fellowships available. Prospective applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship should contact the program office by March 15, 2017, to indicate their interest. This should be in the form of an email to informat@uw.edu and should include the following:

  • Indication of applicant’s interest and contact information (address, phone, email)
  • The names of three recommenders and contact information (address, phone, email). Your recommenders should email statements separately to informat@uw.edu that speak to your potential and ability to engage in solid independent research. We generally expect attached PDFs of these letters of recommendation, but we also accept hard copy letters (mailed to the program office at address below).
  • Statement of purpose (in three pages or less) outlining why you are applying for this fellowship, your research experience to date, what you would intend to do at the University of Washington, faculty members you would like to work with, and why you would be a great candidate. Please attach this to your initial email preferably in a PDF file format. We assess these carefully and strive to be transparent, so don’t hesitate to ask if you want any clarification on what we are looking for in this statement.
  • Attach a current CV

In addition, applicants need to have undergraduate and graduate official transcripts sent directly to our program office at informat@uw.edu or the mailing address below.

(US Postal Service only)
Attention: Graduate Program Advisor
Biomedical and Health Informatics
Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
University of Washington
Box 358047
Seattle, WA 98195
It is important that we receive all of the items mentioned above no later than March 15, 2017, including recommendation letters.

 

FAQ: Postdoctoral Fellowship Applicants

 

1. Is there a defined curriculum for the fellowship? What does a typical day for the fellows look like?
Postdoctoral fellows take four of our core BHI courses and lead and participate in our research colloquia during the two-year fellowship. As such, during an academic quarter, fellows usually take at least one course (two days a week) and a seminar (one day a week), and spend the remainder of the time working with a research mentor.

 

2. How do I apply for a degree-seeking postdoctoral fellowship?
Tuition coverage for degree-seeking fellowships is dependent upon funding availability each year.

 

3. Are there any prerequisites to apply for the program?
We strongly recommend that fellowship applicants have formal college-level coursework in mathematics, computer programming (two courses), and biology. See Q12 under the Graduate Program FAQ.