Immersive Training in the Glycosciences


We are recruiting three Physician Scientists / Postdoctoral Fellows to participate in “National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences” training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine or Cleveland Clinic ( The objective of this nationwide program is to create a consortium that focuses on the career development of the next generation of “glycoscience literate” biomedical investigators. This fellowship is expected to provide scholars with an unparalleled opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary research, obtain advanced knowledge, skills, and professional exposure within the glycosciencs, as well as to develop a research portfolio from which to launch independent careers. Scholars (M.D., M.D.-Ph.D., or Ph.D.) will be funded for up to two years to work on projects that focus on studying the roles of glycans in the pathophysiology of diseases relevant to the mission of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The professional development of scholars and the progress of cross-disciplinary projects will be supported by a co-mentorship structure. Projects will involve collaboration between mentors with expertise in glycobiology (Ronald Schnaar, and Natasha Zachara) and clinically-relevant models of disease.

Interested scholars should submit an NIH style biosketch (5 pages) and statement of interest (2 page) in PDF format to the admissions committee ( no later than June 15th. The statement of interest should include a brief overview of the proposed project, as well as a summary of the scholar’s long term career objectives (Arial 11 point, 1⁄2 inch margins, no less than single spacing). Prior to submitting a proposal, scholars should consult with a glyco-mentor and clinical mentor working in their areas of interest. Current clinical mentors are listed on the program website; however, applicants can nominate new mentors with relevant experience that have appointments at the Johns Hopkins University.
Benefits: Salary support appropriate with position of up to $100,000 per year (inclusive of benefits), research supplies ($25,000), and travel/training will be provided. Rigorous training in the Glycosciences (didactic and technical) will be provided, as well as opportunities for professional development.
Eligibility: Scholars must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. At the time of appointment scholars should hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree.
Commitment: Scholars are expected to devote a minimum of 9 person months during their appointment. In addition to pursuing a research project in the glycosciences related to heart, lung, blood or sleep disorders, scholars must participate fully in the training opportunities provided by this award. We anticipate that the time commitment to training will be ~2 weeks per year. Finally, scholars will be asked to complete an annual survey for 5 years to provide feedback and to track scholar career paths.
Progress will be reviewed annually, and funding will continue for up to two years as long as scholars remain in good standing.