Established by the Simons Foundation, the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL) supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth. The collaboration is now inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships to support independent research on topics related to the origins of life at one or more laboratories or research institutions in any country. With this program, SCOL seeks to support early-career researchers at an important inflection point in origins of life research resulting from an influx of new talent, new instrumentation, a growing global community of researchers and growth of the 'systems' approach that connects disciplines, technologies and institutions. Applications from all origins-related disciplines (see topics or Critical Questions Concerning the Origins of Life) are encouraged. The application process has two phases. In the first phase, applicants must complete a first-stage proposal electronically and submit using forms provided at proposalCENTRAL. Deadline for letters of recommendation is September 7, 2017, 5:00 PM ET and deadline for submission of first-stage proposals is September 12, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.
Princeton University and Cisco will co-host UIDP 26, the semi-annual meeting of the