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Postdoctoral Fellow
Rice University in Houston, Texas
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Date Posted December 04, 2019
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title

Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow


Rice Academy of Fellows

Full Time/Part Time


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Open Date


Close Date


Benefits Eligible


Position Summary

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

As part of a recently launched $150 million investment in research initiatives to advance this mission, Rice University is pleased to announce and invite applications for the Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellows Program. With the 2020-2022 cohort, the Rice Academy will be open to all research fields and areas of study.

The two-year Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to exceptional scholars who have recently earned the doctoral degree in any area, including medicine, and who want to pursue research with faculty at Rice University. Applications are particularly welcome from those who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship.

Individuals selected as Fellows will join the Rice University Academy of Fellows, a community of scholars that includes senior members of the Rice faculty. Additionally, the Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship offers:
- a postdoctoral position
- a mentored relationship with a discipline-related faculty member;
- regular opportunities for intellectual exploration with Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellows community;
- programmatic activities to promote professional development, including a focused plan to pursue relevant early career awards;
- substantial campus-wide resources in expertise and instrumentation;
- a $60,000 salary, with benefits;

The standard stipend for a Rice Academy Junior Fellow is $60,000. National standard stipends in a few research areas are above that level, and those departments may augment the stipend.

Academy Junior Fellows will also be provided with a one-time $5,000 in a research fund and access to university resources.

Education Required

PhD or other Doctoral Degree


Participating disciplines are listed on riceacademy.rice.edu. Degree must have been earned between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2020.

Education Preferred


Experience Required

No experience required

Type of Experience


Experience Preferred


Skills Required


Skills Preferred


Physical Demands

Ability to travel across campus.

Working Conditions

Typical academic/lab environment.

Security Sensitive


Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Special Instructions to Applicants



All applications for the 2020 competition are due January 10, 2020.



Candidates must submit:



The Rice Academy Senior Fellows will begin application reviews as early as December 1, 2019.







  • Research proposal (three pages maximum)

  • CV

  • Writing sample (sample publication or other work of scholarship)

  • Name of one (1) active Rice University faculty member with whom candidate would like to work (to be included in the answer to the supplemental question on the application). All applicants are asked to contact their prospective mentor to seek their support both as a mentor as well as for salary support of (1/2 of the fellowship, or $30,000 annually)

  • A letter of support. This letter should be obtained in advance of submitting the final application. The letter of support should contain two things: 1) a concise description of the proposed postdoctoral project(s) and why the candidate fits the project and 2) that half of the fellowship will be funded by the Rice University faculty member or a Rice University department

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, due on or before January 13, 2020

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Job Duties


Job Duty Name

Postdoctoral Research

Description of Job Duty

The Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellows will pursue research with faculty at Rice University. The Rice Academy will be open to all research fields and areas of study.

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