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Rochester Partnership for Research and Academic Career Training of Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars

Rochester Postdoc Partnership LogoThe Rochester Partnership to Advance Research and Academic Careers of Deaf (RPP-DEAF) Scholars program aims to develop a diverse group of highly trained biomedical scientists to address the Nation’s biomedical workforce needs.  RPP-DEAF rigorously trains and supports the career advancement of Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) post-doctoral Scholars for independent academic careers that support the biomedical research enterprise, offering up to three years of postdoctoral experience for Deaf/HH scholars with a PhD in biomedical sciences and with no previous postdoctoral experience or up to three years of postdoctoral experience. 

We are pleased to accept applications to this transformative program, which combines mentored postdoctoral research training in biomedical sciences for Deaf/HH scholars at the University of Rochester (UR), and opportunities to develop critical academic skills, including teaching, through mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). 

What sets this research postdoctoral experience apart from traditional postdoctoral research is the emphasis on teaching our Scholars “how to teach” and design new courses at RIT/NTID in full-inclusion classroom settings for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing undergraduate students. As a postdoctoral fellow, you will receive mentored research and teaching experiences in your chosen biomedical science discipline to prepare you for an academic career in research and teaching.

Funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) through the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) K12 Program supports RPP-DEAF (K12 GM106997), which also complements the NIGMS-funded Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate Program (R25) and the RIT Scientists-in-Training Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Undergraduates (RIT-RISE) program, in terms of increasing the number of biomedical scientists who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.  NIGMS supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. NIGMS-funded researchers seek to answer important scientific questions in fields such as cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics, computational biology, selected aspects of the behavioral sciences and specific cross-cutting clinical areas that affect multiple organ systems.

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