UCI has the opportunity to nominate two candidates for the Searle Scholars Program, which recognizes outstanding new faculty with the potential to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine and the biological sciences.

To be eligible, the candidate’s first appointment to an assistant professor, tenure-track position must have begun on or after July 1, 2013.  Normally, fifteen grants of $100,000 per year for three years will be made.  Funding allows maximum discretion for the recipient including the allocation of monies for academic and summer salary and equipment purchases.

UCI may nominate only two candidates; therefore, interested applicants are asked to submit a preliminary application to my office by May 30, 2014 (electronic submission to OR@research.uci.edu is preferred), with the following information:

  • Research Abstract (2 pages) which describes the proposed research and its significance
  • Candidate’s bio sketch or abbreviated CV (no more than two pages)
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean)

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review the preliminary proposals.  The selected PI(s) will be notified well before Searle’s September 26, 2014 deadline for full proposals.

Please note that the selected candidate(s) must be able to provide to Searle three outside letters of reference, including one each from doctoral and post-doctoral mentors.  In addition, Searle requires a statement of commitment from the candidate’s department Chair.

More information about the Searle Scholars Program can be found at: http://www.searlescholars.net/go.php?id=5.   Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at greg.ruth@uci.edu or x4-0372.

John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research