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Robert Wenthold Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

The Robert Wenthold Fellowship supports NIDCD intramural research training of the most highly promising postdoctoral research fellows seeking to become independent investigators and leaders within the mission areas of the NIDCD. A Wenthold Fellow is encouraged to design a research training and career development plan that takes advantage of the multi-disciplinary training, dedicated core facilities, and breadth and depth of communication sciences expertise within the NIDCD intramural research program. NIDCD intramural research includes basic and clinical studies of normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

The fellowship is designed to maximize the probability of success for a long-term independent research career in the multi-disciplinary field of communication sciences. Acquisition of new scientific approaches and methodologies is encouraged, with the opportunity for multi-disciplinary training and structured co-mentoring. The fellowship includes an initial two-year commitment of salary, benefits, travel, and annual supplies, with the potential for performance-based salary increases and extension of the appointment beyond two years.

Eligible individuals will have an M.D. and/or Ph.D., or an equivalent doctoral degree, and up to 2 years of prior postdoctoral research experience at the time of initial appointment. Prior postdoctoral experience may be in an NIH intramural or extramural laboratory.

Please submit:

  1. A curriculum vitae with bibliography.
  2. Up to three publication reprints written as first or co-first author.
  3. A one-page research statement including summary of previous research training and accomplishments, research interests, training and career goals, and a proposal for multi-disciplinary mentorship and training to:

Elyssa Monzack, Ph.D.
Office of the Scientific Director, NIDCD, NIH
35A Convent Drive, Building 35A, Room GF102
Bethesda, MD  20892

Also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Dr. Monzack. 

The application process is ongoing, with applications due April 1 and October 1 each year.

April 2015 update: The second recipient of the Robert Wenthold Postdoctoral Research fellowship is Qiuxiang Zhang. Dr. Zhang earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with a focus on functional imaging of the retina. She will combine her previous experience in neuroimaging with molecular biology and auditory neuroscience while working on the spatio-temporal imaging of sub-cellular signals during hair cell development under the mentorship of Katie Kindt, Ph.D.

May 2014 update: The first recipient of the Robert Wenthold Postdoctoral Research Fellowship has been announced. Angela Ballesteros earned a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in molecular biology from Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain. She has experience in structural biology and hopes to acquire new skills in cell biology and auditory neuroscience as a Wenthold Fellow. She will work on the molecular biology of stereocilia proteins under the co-mentorship of Bechara Kachar, M.D., and Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage applications from women and minorities.

Last Updated Date: 
April 30, 2015