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Applying for Postdoctoral Training at Stanford

Stanford hosts a thriving community of more than 2,200 postdoctoral scholars who are developing their independent careers with the guidance of their faculty mentors. Postdoctoral scholars are appointed as trainees and benefit from a plethora of available professional development resources. Approximately 60% of postdocs are appointed in the School of Medicine, and approximately 60% are international.

Postdoctoral training is essential to academic careers, and important to many other career paths. At Stanford, postdocs have access to career centers and multiple professional development programs to ensure thoughtful skills development, identification of career options, and support in pursuing those options.

Postdocs at Stanford are paid a minimum salary, receive transportation and comprehensive health benefits, and have access to all gyms, libraries, and other Stanford resources.

Stanford sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, with easy access to museums, music, and all the beauty in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Bay Area is an expensive region. Postdocs who are considering offers of appointment at Stanford are encouraged to consider the cost of living in this area in light of their lifestyle, needs, and where applicable, financial obligations towards spouses or family.

How to Apply:

Application for postdoctoral training is made directly to a specific faculty member. Identifying the best research and the best mentor for you requires thought. Use the links on this page to explore open positions, faculty research interests, and guidance on how to assess whether a particular mentor is right for you.  Stanford faculty may also advertise in national journals related to their research; check the job listings in your favorite academic publications.