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, 2014.  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 the Office of Research by July 20, 2015, via UCI’s new competition management system: https://uci.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1737014 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)
To apply through the UCI competition management system:

  • Select “Apply” on the right hand side of the announcement page to fill out the online form, and upload required files
  • If you’re not already signed in, click “UCI WebLogin” and fill in your UCInetID username and password
  • All details are automatically saved as you enter them. When you are ready to submit, click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

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 30, 2015 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