Tufts IRACDA Program

Providing postdocs the skills to succeed in an academic career

Apply to Tufts IRACDA

Providing postdocs the skills to succeed in an academic career

Apply to Tufts IRACDA


Traditional postdoctoral training focuses largely on providing a postdoc with research tools and a body of research sufficient to launch an independent career. Tufts IRACDA provides the additional skills needed for careers at research-intensive universities as well as schools with greater emphasis on teaching including:

  • how to set up and manage a productive research lab
  • how to obtain grant funding
  • how to develop and teach courses
  • how to participate in service activities associated with everyday academic life

What We Provide

IRACDA scholars spend 75% of their time in research, with the remaining time devoted to teaching and career development activities.

Tufts IRACDA provides:

  • Up to four years of support, plus travel and supply allowances in the years 2-4
  • Outstanding research opportunities in biomedical research fields including but not limited to cell and developmental biology, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, chemistry, 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 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
  • 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.

Applying to Tufts IRACDA

Applicants to Tufts IRACDA apply through our online IRACDA application portal.

Applicants must by US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for Tufts IRACDA.

Successful applicants are typically those who are:

  • Are passionate about research
  • Want to develop skills critical for an academic research career
  • Want to gain experience with innovative teaching practices
  • Are committed to increasing diversity in the academic environment.
Applying to Tufts IRACDA
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Research Training & Mentors

Tufts IRACDA scholars may apply to conduct their research with any tenured or tenure-track Tufts University faculty member who is investigating issues related to biomedical science.

Scholars may study on the Health Science Campus in downtown Boston, home to the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Medford Campus, home to the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, and the Grafton Campus, home to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Research Training & Mentors

Training in Teaching

IRACDA Scholars prepare and present a semester-long course at one of our partner institutions during their training. 

Each Scholar's interests and expertise as well as the needs of our partner schools are considered in selecting the teaching assignment.  

This aspect of IRACDA training provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain familiarity with the time and effort that it takes to design and teach a course and the challenges and rewards of teaching a diverse study body.

Training in Teaching
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Meet Our Scholars

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Our Scholars pursue research in diverse areas.

IRACDA Scholars

Scholar Publications

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Publication of research findings is an important part of IRACDA training.

Scholar Publications


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48 of our 54 (89%) alumni are at institutions of higher education; 41 of the 48 (85%) are in tenure-track positions.


Contact Information

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


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