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Funding for Pre- to Postdoctoral Transition

  • The Kidney, Urology or Hematology (KUH) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award (F99/K00) is designed to help recruit truly exceptional graduate students, who are currently not involved in K, U, or H research and provide them a stable transition into a postdoctoral research experience focused on KUH research. This is an exceptional opportunity to recruit graduate students with diverse perspectives from fields including, but not limited to, engineering, statistics, data science, imaging, biochemistry, neuroscience and genetics. Prospective mentors and applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NIDDK Program Official, Dr. Christine Maric-Bilkan ( to discuss eligibility and program goals.

Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Programs

  • NeuralCODR Postdoctoral Training Program (T32NS126115) Neural Control of Organ Degeneration and Regeneration (NeuralCODR) is an NIH-funded, cutting-edge, and cross-disciplinary training program at the intersection of neurophysiology and organ engineering/modeling with a thoughtful integration of statistical methodology and experimental design. NeuralCODR is currently accepting applications.  
  • Mayo Clinic Kidney Disease Research Training Program (T32 DK07013) The Kidney Disease Research Training Program at Mayo Clinic prepares biomedical and clinical scientists for independent investigative careers in academic nephrology and basic renal sciences. Trainees acquire an in-depth education in renal physiology, pathophysiology, or both, and skills in the appropriate basic or applied sciences. Both clinical and bench research training opportunities are available. The program consists of a mentored research training experience and a formal didactic series. The faculty consists of full faculty members and associate faculty members drawn from the Nephrology Research Unit and other areas at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Faculty members have expertise in specialties including: Biochemistry and molecular biology, Health sciences research, Immunology, Nephrology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics, Urinary stone disease, and mineral metabolism. Appointees must have received a Ph.D., M.D. or comparable doctoral degree by the beginning date of the training grant appointment. M.D. graduates who have commenced or completed training in clinical nephrology and Ph.D. graduates can apply. There are three postdoctoral positions awarded to the Kidney Disease Research Training Program a year. The number of open positions varies. For more information contact Dr. John Lieske ( and
  • Chicago KUH FORWARD (TL1DK132769) research training program is a cross-disciplinary, mentored research experience that will yield scientific products, leading trainees to accumulate publications, submit individual grant applications and present their work at national scientific meetings. Trainees will also have access to networking and outreach opportunities as well as many professional development resources to help them prepare for a scientific research career focused on basic, translational, or clinical KUH (Kidney, Urology, Hematology) research. Applications will be accepted from predoctoral and postdoctoral level trainees who meet eligibility criteria and wish to receive interdisciplinary training in basic, translational, or clinical research in KUH priority area. Update on 1/10/2024: The Chicago KUH FORWARD has one slot open for a postdoctoral trainee who can begin their research training on or before May 31, 2024, and multiple slots for both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees to begin on or after June 1, 2024. For more information contact:

Postdoctoral Positions

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Petra Popovics, PhD. The PI’s research focuses on the role of immune remodeling and lipid dysregulation in prostate disease and utilizes various in vitro and in vivo models and histological methods on human specimens to uncover the molecular and cellular mechanism of these processes. The successful candidate will lead projects exploring transcriptome/proteome/lipidome of the prostate in mouse models as well as in human specimens and will perform chemical, biological, molecular biological, surgical or other laboratory tests and procedures in support of these projects. Interested applicants can apply online at under Career Opportunities. This staff position title is Research Scholar for the Cancer Research Center and the position number is 2313406.
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine post-doctoral and post-graduate positions in the laboratories of Sylvia Suadicani, PhD and Kelvin Davies, PhD performing basic science research in the field of benign urologic research. These positions are on a NIH supported U2C-TL1 training grant or R01 programs. If you are interested contact either Sylvia ( or Kelvin (
  • Emory University Postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Zachary Danziger, PhD, working to understand how the nervous system regulates the web of reflexes responsible for controlling the lower urinary tract, how it fails in disease, and integrating that knowledge into larger efforts to quantitatively predict its function. The position is supported by an NIDDK R01. Find more information online (Opportunities – Danziger Lab ( and contact Zachary Danziger, PhD, at, with any questions and applications.
  •  University of Washington Postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Li Xin, Department of Urology. The Xin laboratory uses genetically engineered mouse models, patient samples and primary cell culture to study the mechanisms underlying prostate tissue homeostasis and etiology of initiation of benign and malignant tissue outgrowth. Areas of interest in the lab include molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying maintenance of prostate cell lineage hierarchy, the role of inflammation in prostate-related diseases, and prostate tumor microenvironment.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Post-doctoral research associate in the laboratory of William Ricke, PhD, principal investigator and Director of the George M. O’Brien Center for Benign Urology Research. The primary duties of this position will be to conduct research studies related to urologic diseases including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and/or benign urology. This position will identify the research needed, and then execute experiments to address those hypotheses, collect data, interpret the scientific findings, and write manuscripts on those experimental findings for distribution to the scientific community. Presentation of research findings will be required at local and national research discipline meetings. Applications should be emailed to Lori Uttech-Hanson, PhD at
  • Northwestern University Postdoctoral Fellowship in Microbiome/Neuroscience: Immediate opportunities exist for postdoctoral fellows to study gut microbioata modulation of cognitive function and pelvic pain in clinically relevant models at Northwestern University. Join the interdisciplinary team to characterize the impact of the microbiome in novel mouse models where they study symptom mechanisms at the molecular, microbiologic, physiologic, and behavioral levels. They have reported differences in the GI microbiota of pelvic pain patients and developed novel murine models as platforms to dissect the mechanisms by which microbiota modulate pain and cognitive function. They now seek fellows interested in determining precisely how microglia transduce signals of specific bacteria to mediate the effects of the microbiome on pelvic pain and mood and exploiting this knowledge to develop novel therapies.  Successful candidates will have strong communications skills and a PhD and/or MD in a suitable discipline of biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, or neuroscience.  Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, cv, and three references to: David J. Klumpp, Ph.D. at

K12 Positions

Other Employment Opportunities

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine post-doctoral and post-graduate positions in the laboratories of Sylvia Suadicani, PhD and Kelvin Davies, PhD performing basic science research in the field of benign urologic research. These positions are on a NIH supported U2C-TL1 training grant or R01 programs. If you are interested contact either Sylvia ( or Kelvin (
  • NIH/NIDDK, Senior Scientific Officer (Program Director) to direct a Program in Clinical and Translational Research in Urology. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is seeking exceptional candidates to serve as Director of a Program in Clinical and Translational Research in Urology in the extramural Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases (DKUHD).  The incumbent will serve as a Program Director and a Senior Scientific Advisor within and outside the NIDDK.  The successful candidate will join a group of highly interactive scientists and clinicians directing research programs in all areas of kidney, urologic and hematologic disease. The incumbent will be expected to evaluate and administer extramural research with the goal of creating a portfolio of clinical and translational research including Women’s Urology, Pediatric Urology, Neurourology, and the Urology Centers program. This position has supervisory responsibility for oversight of clinical networks, while acting as medical monitor for clinical trials that involve an FDA investigational New Drug or Device (IND or IDE) application. This position will also work on publications in NIDDK’s clearinghouse and public facing web pages. Because of the intense need for planning and networking in this position, leadership, and ability to interact with colleagues well are important attributes for this position. Maintaining active communication with the professional and lay communities as well as program staff from other institutes and agencies is considered an integral part of this appointment.  The NIDDK seeks candidates who have a significant track record of scientific research achievement and outstanding communication skills. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must possess an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree. The ideal candidate will possess an extensive general knowledge of clinical and translational research, and specific knowledge about urologic diseases; a significant track record (both past and current) of research in urologic disease; and administrative experience. HOW TO APPLY:  Curriculum Vitae, Bibliography, and three letters of recommendation are required. Application packages should be emailed to  For further information about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ziya Kirkali at All information provided by candidates will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NIDDK search process without a signed release from candidates.
  • Beaumont Health-Oakland University research scientist. Under minimal supervision of the division chief or medical director of research, and with a high degree of autonomy, the research scientist works as a team leader and co-investigator to lead research aspects of the department. Research Scientist will design, collaborate, plan, perform data analysis and prepare reports. The research scientist will also perform laboratory procedures and carry through an independent research program.

Collaborative Research Opportunities

  • Understanding the urobiome – The July 2021 CAIRIBU Connections discussion on understanding the actions and effects of microbiota within the urinary tract continues as a collaborative research interest group! Subsequent discussions took place in September, November (2021), and January 2022. Summaries available HERE. (request log-in access from Investigators are clinicians and scientists from a variety of fields from within CAIRIBU and from the broader urologic research community, including urology, urogynecology, microbiology, microbial ecology, virology, bioinformatics, and computer and data science. JOIN this research interest group to discuss how to advance the field and to form potential research collaborations. Interested??? Contact Dr. Kristina Penniston at
    • LISTEN to this talk on urobiome metadata standards by Dr. Lisa Karstens HERE
  • Aging in the genitourinary tract – A research group consisting of CAIRIBU and other basic science, clinical, and epidemiology investigators is forming, following the January 2021 Washington University P20 Exploratory Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology Symposium. Interested??? Contact Dr. Indira Mysorekar at for more info.
  • Patient and community engagement in benign urology – A CAIRIBU research group focusing on this has formed. This is an emerging topic of high interest; an increasing number of funding opportunities – whether from NIH, DOD, or other sources – require some form of public engagement in scientific as well as clinical studies. Learn more about upcoming events and opportunities

Diversity in the Urologic Clinical and Research Workforce


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