The Monell Chemical Senses Center is a nonprofit, basic research institute dedicated to the study of taste, smell, chemesthesis, and the biology of hunger and eating. Founded in 1968, the Center is located near the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University in Philadelphia. Research focuses on understanding how the chemical senses (primarily taste and smell) function and their importance for health and in everyday life.
Why train at Monell?
At Monell, we believe that postdoctoral fellows should be mentored by the whole Center. Unlike traditional academic departments, Monell has faculty from a variety of disciplines all focused on the chemical senses. This multidisciplinary approach to the chemical senses facilitates collaborations across laboratories, thus expanding post-doctoral training to encompass a wide variety of techniques. Each postdoc is connected with a team of three mentors, who provide support and advice concerning both scientific and career development. Postdocs also receive training in grant writing through a Grant Proposal Success group composed of both peers and faculty. Monell maintains strong connections with the corporate world - with its 30+ industrial partners, comprising expertise in food, flavor, fragrance, pharma and tech, amongst others. Two meetings are held annually where postdocs have the chance to network and learn about industry applications. Our postdoctoral fellows are also members of the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Program, giving them access to the program's resources. We have a strong record of national and international postdocs securing grant funding, publishing their work, being listed as inventors in patents, and finding positions in both academia and industry.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
At all levels of Monell Chemical Senses Center, we demonstrate an unwavering commitment to cultivating, establishing, and maintaining a substantive culture that reflects and upholds the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). DEIB is central to our goal of fostering a workplace environment conducive to our collective and individual well-being, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission responsibly, effectively, and with integrity as a community of scientists and team members. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are more than words – they are our way of life. They are the driving forces behind our workplace culture, which represents, empowers, respects, values, supports, and celebrates people from all walks of life.
Competitive Pay and Benefits
Effective July 1, 2023, all postdoctoral fellows at Monell receive a base salary of $65,000. Postdoctoral fellows, irrespective of where their training support comes from (T32 or not), qualify for benefits, such as medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, nine holidays, and parental leave. Postdoctoral fellows may also take advantage of pre-tax medical, dental, commuter transit, and parking contributions, as well as contributions towards a 403(b) retirement savings plan.
How to Apply to Postdoc Positions at Monell
You can directly apply for a postdoc position at Monell through this link: apply.interfolio.com/113082
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