VAI Fellows

As part of its commitment to develop the next generation of biomedical research leaders, the Institute is proud to support exceptional early career scientists through its VAI Fellows program, which offers highly competitive, enhanced fellowships with a greater degree of freedom than traditional postdoctoral training opportunities.

VAI Fellows receive additional financial and research support coupled with increased independence, which allows them to singularly focus on their own novel, interdisciplinary, high-impact projects. They also benefit from having multiple faculty mentors who can provide guidance to ensure success, both in the lab and in the business of science.

How to apply and the selection process

VAI Fellows slots are highly competitive. Potential applicants should reach out to the principal investigator of his or her choice and indicate interest in the program. Applications are reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Chief Scientific Officer. Applicants who do not receive a slot may still be offered a postdoctoral fellow position. A list of VAI’s labs and investigators may be found here.

Salary, research funding and benefits

VAI Fellows receive a greater degree of autonomy to develop their own independent research programs, supported by mentorship from VAI’s expert faculty and a separate research budget.

Most postdocs at VAI are full-time employees at the Institute and, as such, receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance and 401(k) opportunities.

Salary and research funding
VAI Fellows receive an enhanced salary along with a separate research budget to support their projects and the hire of staff. Figures are based on the applicant’s experience.

VAI offers a comprehensive set of benefits including:

  • Medical, dental and vision plan choices for self and family at a minimal cost
  • Institute-paid life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Voluntary term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance for self and family
  • Institute-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance (includes maternity leave)
  • Flexible spending accounts for dependent care and medical expenses
  • Holiday pay
  • Vacation days and paid time off for illness and personal needs
  • Six weeks of paid parental leave
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity to participate in a 401(k) plan
  • Professional development
  • Employee Assistance Services

Housing and relocation

In addition to a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for moving expenses, postdoctoral fellows have access to VAI’s contracted relocation coordinator, who can assist with relocation needs such as housing, establishing a bank account and applying for a social security card.

Extra perks

In addition to VAI’s top-of-the-line research facilities, the Institute also offers:

  • An on-site café that provides affordable breakfast and lunch options
  • A 24/7 fitness center with a variety of workout equipment
  • A library with on-site publications as well as access to books and papers housed at other academic institutions
  • Dedicated parking