Postdoctoral & Predoctoral Research Fellowships

The Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania has a long history of successful research in cutaneous biology and, more recently, in clinical epidemiology. In addition to other funding sources, our NIH T32 Dermatology Training Grant funds 4 post-doctoral and 3 pre-doctoral fellows per year. NIH T32-funded positions are limited to US citizens and permanent residents. Applications from minority, disabled, or economically disadvantaged applicants are particularly encouraged.

Each Research Fellow works under the direction of a faculty mentor. In addition, each Fellow takes part in enrichment activities including departmental research seminars, a trainee research day, mentoring and advising, and career development workshops. The University also provides a Research Fellowship infrastructure that includes benefits and special seminars covering multiple areas such as safe laboratory techniques, ethics, grant writing, career opportunities, and others.

Our goal is to train Research Fellows to become independent investigators in either academics or industry

Skin diseases are extremely prevalent, represent a significant health burden, and predispose individuals to systemic conditions such as inflammatory diseases and heart disease. The goal of this training program is to identify and train the next generation of leaders in cutaneous biology, skin diseases, and dermatoepidemiology.

Our program involves 41 highly qualified trainers drawn from the Department of Dermatology and from other schools and departments across the University of Pennsylvania. Trainers are grouped into focus areas based on expertise and types of projects available to trainees. These focus areas include:

  • Skin microbiology, immunology, autoimmunity
  • Skin and adnexal development, stem cells, regeneration, and aging
  • Clinical epidemiology, health services, biostatistics, medical informatics, and human translational research
  • Cutaneous tumorigenesis and therapy
  • Genomics, proteomics, epigenetics, and bioinformatics

Number of Positions per Year:

Up to 3 pre-doctoral and 4 post-doctoral fellowships

Prior Education/Training Requirements:

  • Pre-doctoral fellowships: must be currently pursuing PhD, MD, MD PhD, VMD PhD, MD MSCE, or equivalent degrees.
  • Post-doctoral fellowships: require at minimum an MD or PhD degree.
  • Previous research experience is highly desired.

Program Commitments and Payback Requirements

-Appointees must be fully committed to conducting a minimum of 1 year of research. Requests for less than 12 months appointment will not be considered.

-Appointees are required to participate in Dermatology Training Program activities, including trainee seminars, mentoring meetings with the program directors, professional development workshops (eg. grant-writing), and present their research at Dermatology Research Seminar and the annual Dermatology Trainee Research Day.

-Appointees will give regular progress reports and updates to the Training Directors.

-Post-doctoral trainees and fellows are required to engage in 2 years of research, teaching, or health-related activities. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/html5/section_11/11.4_payback_requirements.htm

Application Deadline:

Details on our next call for applications coming soon.