How to Apply

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The following sections provide information about applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Feinberg Graduate School. Applications to the program may be submitted any time during the year. The postdoctoral program is open to all qualified students regardless of religion, race, color, national origin, age, disability or gender.

Finding a Research Group at the WIS

To learn more about scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science and their areas of research, consult the faculty and department sites, and review the following resources:

First Steps in the Application Procedure

Note 1:

If you are applying for a Senior Postdoc status AND you are already a postdoctoral fellow at the WIS then you should skip step 1 and step 2 below.
 

Note 2:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science has a single unified applications procedure for all Weizmann fellowship types (Regular, Dean of Faculty, Koshland). Candidates should submit an initial application as per the instructions for the Dean of Faculty Fellowships and will be advised by the faculty if additional information is required.

Step 1:

Find a Head of a Research Group at WIS who is willing to host you as a postdoctoral fellow (in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science this is only strongly encouraged).

 

Step 2:

Submit an online application form

 

Step 3:

Submit an electronic application file in a PDF format (see below).

Applications AND letters of recommendation for a Senior Postdoc position should be uploaded through the FGS Online Calls system.
 

Step 4:

Receive the approval of the relevant Board of Studies; or, in the faculty of mathematics & computer science, of a special faculty committee.

If you are a graduate of the Feinberg Graduate School and you intend to continue your training as a postdoctoral fellow in your PhD research group, which is permitted for a maximum of up to twelve months, you are required to submit the online registration form only.

Your Application File Format and Name

As part of the application process, candidates must submit ONE application file, containing the documents listed below.

Application File Format

In a PDF format only.

 

Application File Name

The name of the PDF file must be constructed as follows:
(Note: Israeli ID 9 digits or foreign passport)

 

Last Name + space + First Name + space + ID number

Example (Israeli citizens - Israeli ID):
Johnson John 123456789.pdf

Example (International Candidates - Passport):
Johnson John D22J01189.pdf

Required Documents

All documents listed herein must be issued in English or in Hebrew. Documents that were originally issued in a different language must be translated into one of these two languages and submitted with a notary approval.

 

Regular Postdoc

  • A signed printout of the online registration form.
  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications.
  • Either a formal approval of the doctorate degree, or formal approval that the thesis has been submitted + an estimate for the time it will take to approve the degree, or (for the purpose of the application only) a letter from the PhD advisor stipulating the expected date of the submission of the thesis.
  • A copy of the Israeli ID (Israeli applicants), or a copy of the title page of the passport (international applicants).
  • At least two reference letters (including a letter from the PhD advisor). The writers should send their letters directly to the relevant FGS Faculty Coordinator (see below); name of the candidate should be in the subject line).
  • A letter of support from the potential WIS host ( should be sent by the potential host directly to FGS).
  • A Summary of a research proposal (up to 2 pages).


Note:
FGS graduates who intend to continue their training as postdoctoral fellows in their PhD research group (allowed for up to 12 months) are required to submit the online registration form only.

 

Senior Postdoc (applicants who are not postdocs at the WIS)

  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of main publications (up to 2 pages).
  • A research plan of up to 2 pages, including details of publications in preparation or in submission.
  • A career development plan (1 page) describing the candidate’s career plans beyond the senior postdoc training period and how he/she intends to achieve these goals. Please note that the career development plan is not an extra page to describe the candidate’s research plan, rather it should describe the practical steps the candidate intends to take towards an independent career in science.
  • Up to four reference letters from senior academics who can attest to the candidate’s potential to advance to an independent research leader position. At least 2 letters must be from individuals who have not worked directly with the candidate, preferably from other institutions (not the host institutions for PhD or postdoc). The writers should upload their letters directly to the Online Calls System. (see the section on Submitting your Application File below).
  • A letter of endorsement from the potential WIS host confirming that funding will be available to cover the entire increased fellowship and travel allowance(the letter should be uploaded directly to the Online Calls System. (see the section on Submitting your Application File below).
  • Applicants who were not successful in a previous round and are re-applying should discuss their application with the Chair of the Postdoctoral Program in advance. If given permission to re-apply, they should attach a one page document detailing the changes in the application. Please note that candidates may not apply more than twice to this program, hence please consider very carefully before resubmitting an application.


The following documents should be sent directly to the relevant FGS Faculty Coordinator (see below); name of the candidate should be in the subject line).

  • A signed printout of the online registration form.
  • Either a formal approval of the doctorate degree, or formal approval that the thesis has been submitted + an estimate for the time it will take to approve the degree, or (for the purpose of the application only) a letter from the PhD advisor stipulating the expected date of the submission of the thesis.
  • A copy of the Israeli ID (Israeli applicants), or a copy of the title page of the passport (international applicants).

 

Senior Postdoc (applicants who are already postdocs at the WIS)

  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications.
  • Three reference letters from senior academics who can attest to the candidate’s potential to advance to an independent research leader position. The writers should upload their letters directly to the Online Calls System (see below).
  • A letter of endorsement from the potential WIS host confirming that funding will be available to cover the increased fellowship and travel allowance. The letter should be uploaded directly to the Online Calls System (see below). Please note that postdocs currently in their fourth year of training whose applications are approved will receive senior postdoc status and conditions retroactively from the beginning of the fourth year.
  • A research plan (up to 3 pages).
  • A career development plan (1 page) describing the candidate’s career plans beyond the senior postdoc training period and how he/she intends to achieve these goals.

About the Letters of Reference

  • The subject of each reference letter should include the candidate's name followed by the phrase: "Postdoctoral Fellowship Applicant".
  • There is no particular form or format for the reference letters.
  • Reference letters received at FGS prior to the submission of the electronic application file are held until the corresponding application file is received.

 

Regulr Postdocs

Referees should email their letters of recommendation to the relevant FGS Faculty Coordinator (see below).

 

Senior Postdocs

Letters of recommendation for a Senior Postdoc position should be uploaded through the FGS Online Calls system.

 

Submitting your Application File

Important:
Applications for a Senior Postdoc position should be uploaded through the FGS online CALLs System.
Otherwise, for a regular postdoc position your PDF application file must be sent to the appropriate email address AND the subject of the email message should be as specified below:
 

Field of Study: Physical Sciences
Email Address: FGS-Physics@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: Postdoc Application Physics + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Chemical Sciences
Email Address: FGS-Chemistry@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: Postdoc Application Chemistry + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Life Sciences
Email Address: FGS-Lifesciences@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: Postdoc Application Life Sciences + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Math & CS
Email Address: FGS-Math&Cs@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: Postdoc Application Math & CS + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Science Teaching
Email Address: FGS-Scienceteaching@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: Postdoc Application Science Teaching + Applicant's Name

FGS Coordinators

Physics
Michal Kiri
Contact email
+972-8-934-3839
Chemistry
Michal Kiri
Contact email
+972-8-934-3839
Life Sciences
Dalia Greenberg
Contact email
+972-8-934-3843
Math & CS
Adi Shimron
Contact email
+972-8-934-4553
Science Teaching
Adi Shimron
Contact email
+972-8-934-4553