Early Career Representative, Science Policy Committee


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, graduate students, and current postdoctoral researchers to serve as voting members of FASEB's Science Policy Committee (SPC).


  • Member in good standing of at least one FASEB Member Society
  • Individuals within seven years of first independent faculty / research scientist position
  • Graduate students, or
  • Current postdoctoral researchers


Early Career members of FASEB Science Policy Committee 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 Science Policy Committee.


  • Participate in monthly SPC video conferences (ability to participate in 75% or more meetings preferred)
  • Review call materials (distributed five days prior to each call)
  • Provide input on action and discussion items
  • Serve on at least one SPC subcommittee


  • Experience relevant to one or more of FASEB’s core science policy topics, such as, but not limited to, animal research, training and workforce development, clinical research, data sharing, shared research resources, or research evaluation
  • Demonstrated interest in policies overseeing biological and biomedical research
  • Working knowledge of federal agency processes
  • Prior or current engagement with member society science policy committee (or related group)

Time Commitment

  • Monthly 1-hour video conferences (11 total; no meeting in December), plus time required to review materials for each meeting
  • 1-3 hours quarterly for subcommittee video conferences (varies based on committee), plus time to review materials for each meeting
  • 6-8 hours devoted to annual Science Policy Symposium (may be virtual or in-person in Washington, DC)

To Apply

FASEB full member societies may nominate one candidate to serve as an Early Career Representative on the Science Policy Committee. 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)
  3. Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers only: one letter from the applicant’s advisor providing approval for the applicant’s service on the FASEB Science Policy Committee.

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