Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about our training programs

What type of background is needed to apply for a position at CMIR? Do I need to know how to do imaging techniques such as MR or CT?
CMIR uses and trains scientists with a wide array skills. Current scientists include those with expertise in physics (light, optics, NMR), molecular biology, cell biology, synthetic organic chemistry, peptide chemistry, colloid chemistry and many other fields. It is not necessary to be trained in imaging to be a fully productive member of our team.

What if I’m an MD instead of a Ph.D.?
We accept candidates with either an MD degree, PhD or MD/PhD into our program. However, we do require that all candidates have prior research experience in the basic sciences. We do not accept applicants without research experience.

How long should I plan to stay at CMIR?
The average NIH postdoctoral position is two years. CMIR prefers to accept research applicants who can stay at least one year.

Is funding from CMIR available?
Funding is available on a competitive basis for a total of four postdoctoral positions and two junior staff positions (US permanent residents only, see below). All foreign trainees need to apply for their own funding for salary support from their home government, University, private foundations or other sources.

How long before I plan to come should I contact CMIR?
All US applications are competitive and applicants are encouraged to submit their paperwork at least one year ahead of time. Non-US applicants should submit their paperwork at least 6 months before the anticipated start date so that appropriate visas can be issued through Harvard University.