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Posted: 20 March 2006

Ivy League university bestows preferred status on UCD postdoctoral fellows in recent international recruitment drive

A special partnership has been created between University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and University College Dublin (UCD) to simplify and accelerate the recruitment of recent doctoral graduates to UPenn. Initially focusing in the area of biomedical science, the pilot programme promises to extend to other areas of the university. The development of partnerships at graduate student level is also being explored.

Located in the historic city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UPenn is a leading research university with 800 postdoctoral fellows - 500 of whom are international. 150 international fellows are recruited each year. The average training period is 2 – 3 years.

Biomedical Postdoctoral fellows are recruited to faculty in departments, centres and institutes across three schools: the School of Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine. The Biomedical Postdoctoral Programmes is a UPenn office dedicated solely to the support and training of postdoctoral fellows.

UCD is the only Irish university in the UPenn programme which includes leading international institutions like Oxford University, Leiden University and Tokyo University. UPenn is rated fourth among over 200 universities in the United States.

“The establishment of this relationship between UPenn and UCD will provide exciting opportunities for our PhD graduates and is part of the process of developing 4th level education in UCD” says Professor Michael Ryan, UCD Dean of Doctoral Studies & Postdoctoral Training.

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