Caspar Wistar Fellows Program

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
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May 02 2018
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The Wistar Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Caspar Wistar Fellows Program. Caspar Wistar Fellowships are designed to provide exceptional autonomy and resources to recent PhD or MD graduates (typically less than five years from degree receipt) with outstanding research records, who are prepared to take an accelerated path toward independence as principal investigators. Caspar Wistar Fellows will receive 3 years of full salary and research support for themselves and a staff member or trainee. In addition to salary and operating funds, each Caspar Wistar Fellow will have unfettered opportunity to launch their research program, supported by the remarkable shared resources and collegial, interactive scientific environment of The Wistar Institute, and without the distractions and constraints of a typical academic appointment. As their research programs develop, Fellows can apply for additional funding from federal agencies and other sources.

The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center.

Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply.

The search committees will be led by established Wistar faculty and program leaders who are ideally suited to recognize how well a prospective candidate fits within the overall Wistar mission, and its specific programs. Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of previous research (one page), a concise statement of research plans (up to two pages), reprints of four publications and the names of three references to the attention of Maria Colelli, Search Coordinator Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (

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