Early Career Representative, Board of Directors


Early Career scientists make up a significant portion of the biological and biomedical sciences community. To better represent the unique insights and opinions of this critical group at the highest levels of Federation leadership and to foster dialogue between current and future generations of biological and biomedical researchers, FASEB seeks applications from individuals within seven years of their first independent faculty / research scientist position to serve as voting members of the Federation Board.


  • Member in good standing of at least one FASEB Member Society
  • Individuals within seven years of first independent faculty / research scientist position


Early Career members of the FASEB Board of Directors serve terms of two years. Terms commence on July 1 of the year appointed and end on June 30 of the second year in service. 

To ensure terms are staggered one early career representative will be seated on July 1, 2020, a second on July 1, 2021, and a third on July 1, 2022. In 2022 there will be three early career representatives on the Federation Board.


  • Diligently execute a Board member’s fiduciary duties of care, loyalty, and obedience
  • Abide by the Board norms.
  • Diligently prepare for and attend monthly Board conference calls and 3 in-person meetings of the Board as a voting member
  • Exercise independent judgement and willingness to express dissenting views in an appropriate manner inside the board room and board discussions
  • Attend at least 50% of the calls and meetings annually
  • Comply with FASEB travel policies and timely submission of expense reports for Board meetings


  • Interest in / passion for / experience with advocating on behalf of the biological and biomedical sciences
  • Effective communicator across multiple stakeholders such as the member society, funders, and the general public
  • Demonstrated commitment to serve science through scientific organizations
  • Record of professional service, including active membership in a FASEB Society
  • Experience working within Member Society Councils and/or Committees
  • Working knowledge of the federal budget process and structure
  • Respectful and supportive of transparent, open discussion and consensus-based decision making
  • Able to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive or proprietary information

Time Commitment

  • 3 in-person Board meetings of 1.5 days each, plus travel and preparation time
  • 9 Board calls of approximately 1 hr. each plus preparation time
  • 1-2 hours per month email correspondence
  • Ad-hoc calls as required
  • Potential to volunteer, or be asked to participate in, ad hoc task forces on matters of importance to the Science Policy Committee, Board and FASEB.

To Apply

FASEB full member societies may nominate one candidate to serve as an Early Career Representative on the Federation Board. To seek your society's nomination, contact your society's Executive Officer and FASEB Board Member with the following items:

  1. Resume listing relevant activities (maximum two pages)
  2. One letter demonstrating applicant’s interest and relevant experience (no more than two pages)

For Societies: Forward your society's nomination to Sally Schwettmann, Assistant Director for Governance/Leadership Development, no later than April 1, 2020. The nomination should include the materials mentioned above, plus the following: 

One letter from a member of the candidate’s home FASEB society supporting the applicant’s nomination. Preference given to letters authored by a society volunteer leader (e.g. Board/Council member, Committee Chair). 

Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020