Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Position ID:BroadInstitute-FELLOWS2018 [#11579]
Position Title: Schmidt Fellow
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Statistics
Computer Science / Machine Learning
Biology / Computational biology
Physics (more...)
Appl Deadline:2018/11/06 finished (2018/08/06, finished 2019/05/29, listed until 2018/11/25)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***


The Schmidt Fellows program at the Broad Institute, funded by a gift from Eric and Wendy Schmidt, empowers brilliant early-career scientists coming from the mathematical, computational or physical sciences or from engineering to work at the intersection of quantitative and biomedical science.

Fellows are fearless scientists with the fierce drive and intellect needed to take on some of the most world-changing computational and experimental challenges for the next decade.

The Schmidt Fellows Program seeks early-career computational scientists who are eager to develop and apply systematic, unbiased and comprehensive methods and approaches to tackle these challenges. The Schmidt Fellows program will help these exceptional quantitative and genomic scientists to develop their own independent research programs prior to pursuing faculty positions. In doing so, it will foster the rapid development of new scientific leaders and the transformative approaches they develop. Schmidt Fellows will be creative, ambitious and fearless -- selected based on intellect, drive and scientific vision.


Schmidt Fellows have the full support of the Broad Institute. They establish their own independent research programs prior to accepting faculty positions, receive Broad appointments, are eligible for full Broad benefits, and have PI status and full access to the Broad Institute’s technology platforms. The Schmidt Fellows program provides laboratory space and covers the fellows' salaries and research expenses, as well as funding for small scientific teams that the fellows establish. Fellows will not be expected to teach or serve on committees and will be able to focus primarily on research. The fellows are mentored by selected Broad Institute members, and are encouraged to leverage the Broad’s environment by collaborating with faculty, trainees and staff scientists at both the Broad and our partner institutions (MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard teaching hospitals).

Call for applicants

The Broad Institute is actively seeking new Schmidt Fellows with backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, and related quantitative disciplines. Candidates should have a serious interest in biology, but deep expertise in biology is not required, and we are especially interested in candidates who have not necessarily yet done extensive research in biology. Fellows will have broad scientific interests, a compelling scientific vision, a taste for collaboration, and a passion for transforming medicine to accelerate the understanding and treatment of disease – the principle at the heart of the Broad’s mission.

We will start considering applications on November 6, 2018. A search committee will interview suitable candidates and select finalists. Candidates who are accepted may start their fellowship immediately.


Candidates should have a doctorate-level degree or anticipated completion date of January 2019 in the areas of computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics engineering, or related scientific quantitative fields. Applicants currently in postdoctoral positions will be considered, but should not be more than three years past attaining their terminal degree.

A track record of scientific excellence and creativity along with a strong vision and compelling research direction are key factors for selection. In addition, a successful candidate will wish to deeply benefit from and contribute to the synergistic collaborative environment of the Broad and its partner institutions.

The Broad Institute provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, national origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status, military service, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, or gender identity.

Application format

A complete application should contain the applicant’s CV including a list of publications; a four-page description of past accomplishments and proposed research (excluding figures and references); PDF copies of up to three publications; and the names of three references.

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Further Info:
Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
Room 11057
75 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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