Early career PhDs wanted for hazardous journey. Hard problems, high elevations, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return to academia doubtful. Honour, impact, and recognition in event of success.*

The Santa Fe Institute’s new Translational Fellows Program is an experiment. For over 30 years the Institute’s Complexity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has successfully prepared early career scientists to become academic leaders in complexity science. However, that program is unapologetically focused on research. In contrast, our new two-year Translational Fellows Program focuses on bridging the gap between the theoretical development of complexity science and its application. The Translational Fellows Program is ideal for those wishing to become leaders in applied complexity science outside of the traditional academic environment.

Translational Fellows will divide their two-years at SFI between three distinct activities. First, they will immerse themselves in the study of complexity science at the Institute. Second, they will collaborate closely with key decision makers drawn from SFI’s Applied Complexity Network and Board of Trustees to explore the potential for applied complexity science outside of academia. Finally, fellows will lead a project whose outcome is the demonstrable adoption of complexity insights by the Institute's partners or constituents.

The Translational Fellows Program is open to individuals who have completed a doctoral degree by, or before, September 2019. The inaugural class of fellows will begin in summer, 2019. The application process is open to individuals of all disciplinary backgrounds. 


· A PhD / JD / MD / EdD / ThD / DBA or other doctoral-level degree in any field, expected no later than September 2019

· A demonstrated ability to understand and communicate complexity science (see below)

· A proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively

· Evidence of the ability to think beyond traditional paradigms

· This 2-year, fixed-term position is ideal for someone interested in transitioning from academic research to a more appled career

The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Women, veterans, minorities, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.

Application Overview

The required application documents are:

1. A cover letter (1000 words max) articulating your interest in the position and demonstrating your qualifications. Please comment on what you hope a deep understanding of complexity science will enable you to do after completing the Translational Fellowship.

2. A curriculum vitae, including any relevant or interesting non-academic work experience.

3. A writing sample: For the writing sample please select one (1) challenging, but important, idea from one of these videos. Please write a short article (1000 words max) explaining the idea to a non-scientific audience. Your writing sample may include up to one figure and up to one equation.

4. Names and contact information for two references.

To begin the application process, please enter the requested biographical information below. You will then receive via email links through which you can upload the required materials. Although we have already started reviewing applications, new applications will continue to be accepted until early April.

Finalists will be contacted in early/mid April to schedule an in-person interview. Any questions about the application process should be directed to translational@santafe.edu.

To begin the application process, click "Apply" and complete the fields below.