Application Information

Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP)

Request for Applications

 Applications due March 2, 2015

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View information from the PTSP Town Halls.

The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) is requesting applications for the Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP). The PTSP is a multidisciplinary career development program designed to prepare individuals already possessing a doctorate in a biomedical science, engineering or social science discipline for independent careers in clinical and translational research.  If they wish, applicants may apply to one of three theme based PTSP programs. (1) Organogenesis, (2) Metabolomics, and (3) Injury Research. Due to federal NIH regulations, you MUST be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for this program.

The Organogenesis PTSP program supports scholars who are interested in applying a basic science research background to translational organogenesis.  Other requirements are 1) engage with the Center for Organogenesis; 2) participate in an interdisciplinary working group of two or more labs focused on organ-specific research; and 3) interact with one of the UMHS Destination Programs or similar clinical programs aligned along an organ system theme.

The Metabolomics PTSP supports scholars who are interested in applying a basic research background to the emerging area of metabolomics in clinical or translational research. Potential areas of study include: interventional or epidemiological studies in human nutrition; human disease biomarker discovery; elucidation of metabolic pathways in human tissues in vitro or transplanted ectopically and evaluation of metabolism in response to disease, nutrients, drugs, environmental toxins or ionizing radiation.

The UM Injury Center PTSP supports Ph.D. scholars trained in the fields of  social science, public health, engineering, basic science, or computational science who are interested in conducting and translating injury research into practice and policy to reduce the burden of injury. Research on intentional and unintentional injury prevention and control will be supported. Potential areas of study include: transportation safety, substance abuse including prescription drug misuse and overdose, traumatic brain injury/ concussion/ or violence, such as child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, youth violence, community violence, or suicide. The relationship of injury to other public health issues, such as disparities, gender issues, health, race/ethnicity/culture, maternal/child health, mental health, and risk behavior, is also of interest.

The Head and Neck SPORE program is an interdisciplinary translational research program committed to advancing clinical and basic research in the biology, prevention and cure of head and neck squamous carcinoma. The program involves multiple collaborative translational projects and is supported by extensive Tissue Repository, Biostatistical Core and Administrative Core services.  Future development of head and neck cancer translational research is critically dependent on supporting and enhancing early career development of investigators committed to cancer research, and the recruitment of superb scientists from a variety of basic science fields. There is currently a critical lack of translational scientists committed to head and neck cancer research. Our aim is to attract basic scientists to collaborate in translational research linked to one of the major Head and Neck SPORE projects for an intensive 2-yr immersion in clinical research. For more information, please contact Dr. Gregory Wolf,

Individuals with a Ph.D. who are interested in obtaining additional training in translational sciences are encouraged to apply. The PTSP provides trainees with a $100,000 career development award that can be utilized for two to three years. You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident to apply.

PTSP scholars develop their own tailored training program including:

  • a clinical immersion experience
  • a translational research practicum
  • didactic course work in regulation sciences, research ethics, biostatistics, and/or specialty electives relating to a field of interest
  • attendance at MICHR career development seminars
  • the presentation of research through local and national events
  • cross-disciplinary mentoring designed to assist with career development and the scholar’s translational project

Award funding can be used to support and individual's course work and/or research activities.

Appointment dates are June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2017.

 Applications require:

  • a translational research proposal that clearly leads to future research 
  • a plan for training and career development
  • a clinical immersion
  • a mentoring team
  • a budget and budget justification

Review Program Director Beth Moore's Town Hall talk about the PTSP here.




2. Complete the PTSP written application. All materials needed can be found under APPLICATION DOCUMENTS (Word Documents).

Note to applicants: (1) If your study involves samples from humans, your proposal should include a short Human Subjects Protections section.  We recognize that you may be new to research in humans and we suggest you engage your mentors or contact our office for assistance.  In the application documents we have included 3 examples as a guide.  Note:  Human Subjects is not part of the 9 page limit. (2) If you need guidance as you develop your research recruitment and retention plans for your proposal(s), please contact the MICHR Recruitment Program Team at  Requests can be made for feasibility assessments, individual consultations, and recruitment toolkit resources.  This service is new and open to all U-M investigators.

4. Complete the online component of PTSP application. The online component DOES NOT SAVE. Please do NOT leave the page once you have begun the online component. You must complete it in one sitting. For this component you will need: Your personal demographic data, education history, current employment, mentor names and contact information, reference names and contact information, and your department administrator contact information.

A PDF of the online component is available under "Application Documents".

5. You MUST be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for this program.


If you have any additional questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (734) 763-1711or

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