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Call for Applications, Santa Fe Institute, Translational Fellows Program

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    Translational Fellows Program

    Early career PhDs wanted for hazardous journey. Hard problems, high elevations, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return to academia doubtful. Honour, impact, and recognition in event of success.*

    The Santa Fe Institute’snew Translational Fellows Programis an experiment. For over 30 years the Institute’s Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has successfully prepared early career scientists to become academic leaders in complexity science. However, that program is unapologetically focused on research. In contrast, our new two-year Translational Fellows Program focuses on bridging the gap between the theoretical development of complexity science and its application. The Translational Fellows Program is ideal for those wishing to become leaders in applied complexity science outside of the traditional academic environment.

    Translational Fellows will divide their time at SFI between three distinct activities. First, they will immerse themselves in the study of complexity science at the Institute. Second, they will collaborate closely with key decision makers drawn from SFI’s Applied Complexity Network and Board of Trusteesto explore the potential for applied complexity science outside of academia. Finally, fellows will lead a project whose outcome is the demonstrable adoption of complexity insights by the Institute’s partners or constituents.

    The Translational Fellows Program is open to individuals who have completed a doctoral degree within the last six years (or expect to complete their degree by September 2019).  The inaugural class of fellows will begin in summer, 2019.  The application processes is open to individuals of all disciplinary backgrounds. The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Women, veterans, and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.


    · A PhD / JD / MD / EdD / ThD / DBA or other doctoral-level degree in any field granted within the past six years or completed prior to September 2019

    · A demonstrated ability to understand and communicate complexity science (see below)

    · A proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively

    · Evidence of the ability to think beyond traditional paradigms

    Application Overview

    The required application documents are:

    1. A cover letter (1000 words max) articulating your interest in the position and demonstrating your qualifications. Please comment on what you hope a deep understanding of complexity science will enable you to do after completing the Translational Fellowship.

    2. A curriculum vitae, including any relevant or interesting non-academic work experience.

    3. A writing sample: For the writing sample please select one (1) challenging, but important, idea from one of these videos. Please write a short article (1000 words max) explaining the idea to a non-scientific audience.  Your writing sample may include up to one figure and up to one equation.

    4. Names and contact information for two references.

    To begin the application process, please enter the requested biographical information below. You will then receive via email links through which you can upload the required materials. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For full review, your application should be completed by March 17, 2019. 

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