The Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL) supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.

The collaboration is now inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support independent research at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country. To apply, visit the Simons Foundation website.

With this program, SCOL seeks to support early-career researchers at an important inflection point in origins of life research resulting from an influx of new talent, new instrumentation, a growing global community of researchers and growth of the ‘systems’ approach that connects disciplines, technologies and institutions.

Applications from all origins-related disciplines are encouraged. SCOL fellows will interact with colleagues from different disciplines and will participate in SCOL events.

Candidates must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within five years of the fellowship’s start date. Appointments last for three years, contingent upon continued research on questions relevant to origins of life as assessed by annual progress reports. See full eligibility requirements here.

The submission deadline for first-stage proposals is Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m. EDT. First-stage finalists will be notified by Tuesday, November 7, 2017, and must submit a second-stage proposal by Friday, December 1, 2017.

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