The UC Davis MIND Institute’s interdisciplinary Autism Research Training Program announces the availability of two NIH-funded postdoctoral positions (restricted to US citizens and permanent residents only) in interdisciplinary autism research to begin on September 1, 2021. Positions are for two years, subject to successful review during the first year; stipend levels follow NIH guidelines »

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Faculty Review/Selection Announcement: April 1, 2021

Offer Letters Signed/Accepted: June 1, 2021

Start Date: September 1, 2021

Background: This program merges the behavioral and biological sciences in the context of an interdisciplinary, autism-focused research program, and is organized around a set of core competencies that involve multiple areas of autism-related knowledge. Competencies are acquired through: individual mentorship, research in ongoing interdisciplinary projects, the didactic core curriculum, and conferences, lecture series and other training opportunities.

Qualifications: Appropriate candidates have either a doctorate in biomedical or behavioral science or an M.D., and are committed to a career in autism research. Individuals from historically under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Please note that applicants must have completed all work for their doctoral degrees before entering the training program.

Applications: Please see below.

Postdoctoral Training Program Application Process

The goal of the postdoctoral training program is to prepare interdisciplinary scientists for a career in autism research. Please gather all documentation listed below and submit with the application. The program is administered under Kirschstein-NRSA guidelines ».

Training program applicants should complete the following steps:

1. Identify a Primary Mentor and Obtain a Letter of Mentor Commitment

To be considered for this program, an applicant must first obtain a commitment of mentorship from a Training Program Faculty » member who believes that a good match exists between the mentor and the skills and interests of the applicant. Applicants should contact potential mentors and discuss these issues prior to application. Please submit a brief letter of commitment from your primary mentor once this has been determined.

2.  Submit a Letter of Interest

Applicant should write a letter to the program directors, Drs. Sally J. Rogers and David G. Amaral, outlining their interest in the program. This letter should contain:

A description of their long term professional goals and a detailed description of the program of research they plan to pursue in collaboration with their mentor;

Their learning goals in entering the program, including descriptions of disciplinary strengths and disciplinary areas in which they desire continued learning; and

Their experience and background, if any, in autism-related research. While a strong background in research must be demonstrated by the candidate, it is not required that it is in the field of autism.

3. Submit a Current Curriculum Vitae

An up-to-date curriculum vitae that contains all educational and professional content, as well as contact information for both the applicant and their references, and, if the applicant wishes, information about gender and membership in an historically under-represented group, should be included in the application packet.

4.  Provide a Sample of Written Work

A sample of the applicant’s own written work — a first-author publication, submission, research paper for a class, or a similar document — should be included.

5.  Three Letters of Recommendations

Applicants should request and ensure submission of letters of recommendations from three persons who can speak knowledgeably about the applicant’s potential for an independent research career. These can either be uploaded to the application or sent directly to, with the applicant’s name in the subject line.

Complete the application »

Please contact Diane Larzelere at if you encounter any difficulties or need any additional information.

Thank you for your interest in the ARTP!