Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is seeking to appoint 20 to 30 new investigators
in the biomedical sciences including plant science. The focus of the competition is on basic
biological research. In an interview
in Nature News, HHMI president Robert Tjian explained the focus of on basic
biology, stating, "It’s getting harder and harder to find sources of funding
for people doing basic biology, as opposed to applied or translational work.”
asked about the difference between HHMI competitions and what is currently
being done at the National Institutes of Health, Tjian noted that HHMI is
focused on supporting people at a time most beneficial to their career not just
individual projects. "We find the best original-thinking scientists and give
them the resources to follow their instincts in discovering basic biological processes
that will lead to better biomedical outcomes. I think that is pretty
straightforward, but not so easy to do sometimes. The reason it’s not so easy
is that the best research is not predictable.”
a Ph.D., and/or M.D. or equivalent degree.
a tenured or tenure-track position as Assistant Professor or higher academic
rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible institution.
more than 5 but no more than 15 years of experience since appointment as an
assistant professor or equivalent position.
the principal investigator on one (or more) active, national, peer-reviewed
research grants with a duration of at least three years.
More information including access to the
online application can be found here: http://www.hhmi.org/research/competitions/
are due June 13, 2012
with finalists announced in 2013.