SABER • IRACDA K12 Postdoctoral Training Program


The Saber program invites applications for appointment of Year 0 SABER Scholars for 2018-2019. Year 0 Saber Scholars will participate in select SABER-related activities during 2018-2019; programmatic support (funding) will be provided at entry into Year 1 (July 2019). Full details of program components are described elsewhere on this website. 

Applications will be considered for appointment as a Year 0 SABER Scholar as received.  For this reason, early submission is encouraged.


  1. Candidates for the K12 SABERIRACDA Scholar program must have a professional doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DDS, DVM, or equivalent).  SABERIRACDA Scholars will be recruited from a wide range of biomedical and/or behavioral sciences research fields.  All applicants must have evidence of strong academic achievement and scholarship, as well as personal attributes such as high motivation and integrity.
  2. Applicants must have less than 3 years of postdoctoral research training at the time of appointment.
  3. Applicants must be US citizens or non-citizen nationals, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-155) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  4. Applicants must be able to commit 100 percent of full-time professional effort to this Career Development Program and its related teacher training and research activities.


  • Face Page. Information to include applicant’s name, school/department, contact information (email and phone number), research mentor’s name, title, and contact information, and research area of interest. For applicants who have not identified a research mentor, please contact one of the Program Directors for assistance.
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • Applicant’s Cover Letter/Narrative
    • Summarize your career goals, career development plan, reasons for applying to the K12 program, and proposed research activities. 
    • Describe your commitment to an independent research and teaching career in academia and how/why your participation in the SABERIRACDA program is important to your future career
  • Research Mentor’s Letter
    • Willingness to serve as the applicant’s K12 SABERIRACDA research mentor
    • Agreement to the terms of the applicant’s participation in the K12 SABERIRACDA program, i.e., 25% trainee effort devoted to teacher training
    • Identification of resources (grant support, facilities, etc) available to facilitate the applicant’s completion of a high-quality research project
  • Research Mentor's NIH biosketch (5 page) if not previously designated as a research mentor in the K12 SABER IRACDA program (a list of research mentors is available on this website).
  • Research Mentor’s previous experience as a research mentor (if not previously designated as a research mentor in the K12 SABERIRACDA program; a list of research mentors is available on this website). Details should be provided on PHS Forms-D Tables 5A, 5B, 8A (Part I), and 8C (Part I). These tables should include information on all current/prior pre- and postdoctoral trainees. Note that the titles on these NIH tables should be replaced with the appropriate title:  Pre- (or Post-) doctoral Trainees of the Faculty. PHS forms and instructions are available at:
  • Research Mentor’s current research support. Details should be provided on PHS Form 398 Other Support form. PHS forms are available at:
  • List of individuals who will provide a letter of reference. The full name, title, and email address of each individual should be included. See below for additional instructions regarding these letters.



  • Applicant materials.  All application materials described above should be arranged in the order outlined above and electronically submitted in a single pdf file to
  • Letters of reference.  At least three letters of reference should be provided in support of the applicant. One of these letters should be from the dissertation advisor or chief of service; if this is not feasible, please include a brief explanation on the page of the application that lists reference letter writers.  Letters should be electonically submitted to



Recruitment and application processes will be coordinated through the IRACDA Program Office. For additional information:

Program Directors:   
James Lechleiter, Ph.D.
Linda McManus, Ph.D.
Babatunde "Kay" Oyajobi, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.B.A.

K12 Program Support:  
Alicia Bibbs, MEd
UT Health San Antonio, MED 2.224D


Contact Us

Program Directors

James D. Lechleiter, Ph.D.

Babatunde "Kay" Oyajobi, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Supported, in part, by a PHS grant (K12 GM111726), San Antonio Biomedical Education and Research, from the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA).