Bioscientists of Tomorrow (BoT)

Bioscientists of Tomorrow (BoT)
Postdoctoral Cohort Program for Future Faculty


The Bioscientists of Tomorrow (BoT) Cohort Program is coordinated by the Bioscience Postdoctoral Affairs Office at UCLA. BoT’s mission is to provide guided professional development to postdocs preparing for an academic career. Complementary to their lab-based research training, the 4-year BoT program helps postdocs identify clear career goals, develop essential professional skills, and prepare their portfolio and materials for the academic job market. The cohort model builds a network of peers to promote community, accountability, and wellness.

Eligibility to Apply

  • UCLA Postdocs conducting Bioscience research
  • Must have one year or less of postdoctoral experience

Time Commitment

  • Over the course of the year there will be 12 meetings (approx. 1 per month); BoT scholars are expected to attend at least 9 of the 12 meetings. Each meeting is 1.5 hours and includes lunch.
  • Each year there are 2-4 meetings that all scholars are required to attend.
  • Supplemental programs are recommended for postdocs that would like to develop specific skills but are not required.

Application Process

  • Application is posted June 15, 2024
  • Deadline for Application Submission by August 1, 2024, 11:59PM PST
  • Notification to Applicants by August 19, 2024
  • Applicants Confirm Participation by August 26, 2024, 11:59PM PST

Curriculum (*Required)

#1 Welcome: Intro to the Program*
#2 Workshop: Defining Success*
#3 Workshop: Networking 101 & Team Building
#4 December Social with ALL Cohorts
#5 Workshop: Time Management
#6 Workshop & Working Meeting: Writing a Research Proposal
#7 March Social with ALL Cohorts
#8 Workshop: Individual Development Plan (IDP)*
#9 Setting and Enforcing Boundaries
#10 Future Faculty Banquet
#11 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion 101
#12 Summer Social with ALL Cohorts*
Recommend Trainings:

  • NIH Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship: F32 Workgroup
  • Rigor & Reproducibility Course
#1 Meet the New Cohort & Setting Goals for the Year*
#2 Workshop: Networking 201a – The Elevator Pitch
#3 Workshop: Exploring Different Faculty Jobs*
#4 December Social with ALL Cohorts
#5 Workshop: Networking 201b – Finding Mentors & the Informational Interview
#6 Workshop: Fine-Tuning the Mentorship Relationship
#7 March Social with ALL Cohorts
#8 Workshop: Professional Self-Advocacy
#9 Workshop: Public Speaking Part 1 – Best Practices
#10 Future Faculty Banquet
#11 Workshop: Public Speaking Part 2 – Practicum
#12 Summer Social with ALL Cohorts*
Recommended Trainings:

  • Postdoc Research Mentor Training (PDRMT)
  • Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)
#1 Setting Goals for the Year
#2 Workshop: Diversity Statement*
#3 Workshop: Managing Your Public Digital Presence
#4 December Social with ALL cohorts
#5 Workshop: Preventing & Coping with Burnout
#6 Workshop: Developing a Teaching Philosophy
#7 March Social with ALL Cohorts
#8 Workshop: Teaching Statement*
#9 Workshop: Best Practices in Scientific Writing
#10 Future Faculty Banquet
#11 Workshop: Writing to a Specific Audience
#12 Summer Social with ALL Cohorts*
Recommended Trainings:

  • NIH K99 Transition Award Workshop
  • Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Program
#1 Setting Goals for the Year
#2 Panel: Different Types of Academic Jobs*
#3 Workshop: Best Practices for Academic Interviewing
#4 December Social with ALL cohorts
#5 Workshop: Incorporating Wellness into Your Professional Life
#6 Working Workshop: Revising Your Application Materials
#7 March Social with ALL cohorts
#8 Workshop: American Dining Etiquette
#9 Workshop: Effective Job Talk
#10 Future Faculty Banquet*
#11 Workshop: Community Support & Advocacy
#12 Summer Social with ALL cohorts*
Recommended Trainings:

  • Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Refresher Course

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