UNC China Early Career Researcher Position

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is accepting applications for three hybrid US-China early career researcher positions supported by a D43 training grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

Overview of the postdoctoral position

This competitive position focuses on cutting edge research in the field of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Guangzhou, China and includes US-based training activities in order to prepare these individuals to become independent PIs.  Outstanding applicants with a terminal degree (e.g. PhD or MD) in relevant areas of expertise and with research experience in basic science, clinical, epidemiology, or social science are encouraged to apply.  The postdoctoral research will focus on STDs, but prior research experience in STDs is not required to apply.  The full-time positions provide research training and mentorship opportunities from a network of experts.  Applicants must be residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.  Trainees will receive a one year appointment with salary and benefits package consistent with NIH standards with an option to extend to a second year contingent on meeting benchmarks.

Unique components of “sea turtle” research training

Our UNC China positions are unique because they nurture the next generation of  海龟 “sea turtles”, include training in both China and the United States, and benefit from a strong set of multi-disciplinary mentors who are recognized authorities in their respective fields.  Here we refer to sea turtles as bright Chinese students who train abroad and then return home to become junior faculty.  We will accelerate the transformation from early career researchers to established sea turtles who undertake independent research.  Early career researchers will participate in Center meetings and training opportunities, work with training faculty on existing or newly developed STD research training projects, and receive support to publish manuscripts and write research grants.  Early career researchers will attend the University of Washington “Principles of STD/HIV Course” in Seattle Washington, develop a research plan over the course of six months in China, and then have an opportunity to undertake research training at UNC.  Our program provides an opportunity to understand both Chinese and American grant writing, career development, and professional advancement.  It is our strong belief that the next generation of research leaders will need to have global, multi-disciplinary networks in order to be successful.

Postdoctoral mentorship teams

Strong mentors are the backbone of an effective postdoctoral training experience.  Our NIH D43-supported team of mentors includes leading authorities within their respective fields.  For example, Co-PI and mentor Myron Cohen is co-leader of the United States HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) and PI on the HPTN 052 study that was named by Science magazine as the single “breakthrough of the year” in 2011.  More details on mentors can be found below.

 Training Faculty Mentors

Microbial & Viral Pathogenesis Clinical Research Epidemiology & Modeling Social Science & Behavioral
He-Ping Zheng Beng Tin Goh Li-Gang Yang Joseph Tucker
Ron Swanstrom Bin Yang Li Ling Gail Henderson
Tang Xiaoping Cai Weiping Sharon Weir Cheng Yu
Stanley Lemon David Wohl Jennifer Smith Ada Adimora
Myron Cohen Arlene Sena William Miller Kate Muessig
Huan-Liang Liu Juan Salazar (UConn) Michael Emch Lisa Hightow-Weidman
Justin Radolf (UConn) Xiang-Sheng Chen
Yuan-Tao Hao

UNC-South China STD Research Training Center

Our postdoctoral fellows will benefit from the rich training environments in Guangzhou and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of the UNC-South China STD Research Training Center.  The Training Center includes online training opportunities as well as in-person short courses and workshops.  Online training opportunities are available through the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Office of Global Health.  Our Training Center regularly organizes short-term training workshops on the following topics: 1) grant writing for Chinese and NIH applications; 2) scientific manuscript writing for submission to high impact English language journals; 3) qualitative research methodology for junior investigators; 4) infectious disease epidemic modeling for junior investigators; and 5) other topics based on trainee needs.

Defining Success

Our postdoctoral training program is committed to preparing the next generation of STD researchers in China.  Success is laying the foundation for meaningful sexual health research as measured by high impact publications with trainees as first authors, major grants with trainees as PI or co-investigators, and faculty positions at leading universities.

How to apply

Eligible Chinese applicants will have completed an MD or PhD in basic science, clinical, epidemiology, or social science within the past 10 years.  Overseas experience is preferred, but not required.  Minority and women applicants are encouraged to apply.  Interested applicants should submit English versions of their CV, cover letter expressing interest in the position, and names of three professional references to Liu Min at the email address below.  The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014, and applicants will be notified by March 7, 2014.  Start date is negotiable.  Interviews will be arranged via Skype or in person.

Liu Min
UNC-South China STD Research Training Center
Number 2 Lujing Road, Guangzhou, China
Email: stdtrainingcenter@163.com
Tel: (86) 13678996384

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