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Monday, July 7, 2008


N.C. Biotechnology Center Launches Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center has instituted a unique fellowship program to help postdoctoral scientists from the research universities transition into industry R&D careers. This program places fellows into NC biotechnology companies for two-year fellowships to gain industry-oriented research experience and thus improve their competitiveness for high-level industry scientific positions.

Sponsoring Company Eligibility

The sponsoring company must be a biotechnology R&D or contract research company with research operations in North Carolina. The company must have a senior scientist on staff that will provide industry-oriented scientific mentorship. Full-time academic scientists are not eligible as industrial scientific mentors.

Fellowship Candidate Eligibility

NCBC Industrial Fellowship candidates must have been awarded their Ph.D. degree prior to the start date of the program. Candidates should be junior scientists that have not previously worked in a company setting at the Ph.D. level. Candidates may currently be academic postdoctoral fellows. Funding through this program is not intended for supporting interns or technicians.

Fellowship Application Process

Step One: Review the NCBC Industrial Fellowship Program description and eligibility criteria.
Step Two: Applicant company submit an application to the Business and Technology Development staff to assess project.
Step Three: NCBC reviews application and selects five (5) for Industrial Fellowship candidate recruitment.
Step Four: Position and sponsor descriptions are circulated to university graduate school career counseling offices and postdoctoral associations.
Step Five: Prospective Industrial Fellowship candidates apply for specific fellowships by completing an application (available soon) for each eligible position. Each application must be accompanied by a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) and three (3) references via e-mail to NCBC at
Step Six: NCBC staff assembles qualified pool of applicants for each opportunity and works with each sponsoring company to screen candidates.
Step Seven: Sponsoring company interviews, selects and hires Fellow.

Application Deadlines

Five (5) Fellowship positions are available for each annual Program cycle. For 2008, the following deadlines apply:

Company sends scope of work to NCBC by: July 15, 2008
Fellow sends resume (CV) to NCBC by: August 15, 2008
Company selects Fellow by: September 15, 2008
Start date of 2-year fellowship: October 15, 2008

Pay Scale (2008)
Year Salary Benefits Total
First $40,000 $12,000 $52,000
Second $41,200 $12,360 $53,560

For questions concerning the NCBC Industrial Fellowship Program, please contact Shobha Parthasarathi at 919-541-9366, or e-mail at

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