The Core has up to 10 slots for postdoctoral trainees and graduate students to physically spend a defined period of their research time at UT Southwestern in the Core facility. While the overall scientific supervision and salary support will remain the responsibility of the Fellow’s mentor (not BICF), the Bioinformatics Fellows Program allows trainees to immerse themselves in an environment where they work under expert guidance and interact with peers who study similar problems.
As demand for the program grows, BICF leadership will select new Fellow projects which have optimal synergy and/or complementarity to existing Fellow projects. Altogether, this will provide a unique training environment in computational biomedical sciences, unparalleled within individual labs.
It is expected that researchers enrolling in the Bioinformatics Fellows Program bring with them basic expertise in mathematics, statistics, and computer programming so they can work independently toward the goals of their projects. BICF will provide access to the necessary computing infrastructure and support of our existing intellectual framework, creating an environment within which the Fellows will thrive.
The application process is as follows:
- Initial 1-hour consultation between candidate, responsible mentor, and a member of the BICF operational leadership (Dr. Danuser, Mr. Kim, or Dr. Yang) to define the scope of the project and its appropriateness for the Bioinformatics Fellows program. This will include an assessment of the candidate’s previous training in areas required for successful completion of the project, from which a rough training and project plan will emerge.
- The candidate prepares a 1-page proposal including a specific timeline with milestones that will serve as the basis for constructive communication between BICF and the Fellow’s responsible mentor on the project status.
If necessary, the proposal is iteratively improved upon via dialogue between the candidate and BICF staff.
- The final version of the proposal will be submitted for approval to the BICF Steering Committee, which will oversee staff assignments and other resource allocations to the fellowship.
- BICF Steering Committee confirms the candidate as a Fellow and project work begins.