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Tufts IRACDA Program

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Why Tufts IRACDA?

The Tufts IRACDA Program provides talented postdoctoral scholars with the career skills needed to succeed in academic biomedical research. New faculty encounter many challenges, including:

  • setting up and managing a productive research lab
  • obtaining grant funding
  • developing and teaching courses
  • participating in service activities associated with everyday academic life

Traditional postdoctoral training focuses largely on providing a postdoc with research tools and a body of research sufficient to launch an independent career. However, training in other skills needed for new faculty success is often neglected. Tufts IRACDA provides this additional training. IRACDA scholars spend 75% of their time in research, with the remaining time devoted to teaching and career development activities. IRACDA prepares scholars for careers at research-intensive universities as well as schools with greater emphasis on teaching.

What does Tufts IRACDA Provide?

  • Up to four years of support, plus travel and supply allowances in the years 2-4
  • Outstanding research opportunities in cell and developmental biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, chemical biology and nutrition
  • Workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, and scientific presentations as well as coaching throughout the job search process
  • Development of teaching skills through mentored assignments as instructor on record for courses at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area and through workshops on teaching methods that encourage active, evidence-based learning.
  • Opportunities to mentor junior scientists
  • A tight-knit community of postdocs interested in academic careers plus opportunities to network with scholars in the 20 other IRACDA programs across the nation.
  • An individually tailored mentoring team of faculty to help you stay on track to meet your career goals
  • Individual guidance during the job search: We have placed 44 of our 49 alumni (90%) at institutions of higher education across the country, with 39 of these being tenure-track positions.
  • Campus locations in the Boston metropolitan area, a hub of biomedical research in academia and industry as well as a city rich in culture, sports and access to outdoor activities and extensive public transportation.

The Tufts-IRACDA program is funded by the Institutional Research and Career Development Awards initiative of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.  Learn more about other IRACDA programs.

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Contact Information

Program Leadership
Claire Moore, PhD, Program Director
Mitch McVey, PhD, Co-Director
Jordan Wilkinson, CRA, Research Administrator



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Alumni Career Outcomes

Among our alumni, 90% have academic faculty positions in the US and 90% of these are tenure-track or tenured faculty. Learn more about our alumni.