Jobs: Postdoctoral Fellow in Mechanobiology

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Reference code: 71688715 Stanford ChEM-H, Stanford University , Stanford, CA, UNITED STATES


Post-Doctoral Researcher



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16 Mar 2017

Stanford ChEM-H is an independent institute at Stanford University, formed in partnership with the Schools of Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering. More information about the institute can be found on

Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Mechanobiology:

The Stanford ChEM-H Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Mechanobiology will provide co-mentored, interdisciplinary postdoctoral training under the research theme, “Mechanobiology: How the mechanics of molecules, cells, and tissues regulate biological structure and function.” The program is designed for Ph.D. degree holders from engineering, physical, and life science fields and M.D. degree holders pursuing a research-intensive career. Technological innovation in quantitative biological inquiry will benefit from the cross-disciplinary training and integration of engineers and physical scientists with physicians and life scientists. While traditional doctoral programs provide deep and narrow grounding in one discipline, postdoctoral training is an ideal period for trainees to develop cross-disciplinary knowledge in new fields. ChEM-H Mechanobiology Fellows will have access to the required mentorship and resources in both leading labs in the life sciences/medicine and the physical sciences/engineering, as well as exposure to biology’s most challenging problems. This program seeks to increase the number of scientists, engineers, and physicians trained to conduct high-quality research that combines insights derived from, and cuts across, different scientific, technical, and biomedical areas. 

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  1. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in engineering, medicine, or another physical or life science field (Ph.D., D.Sc., M.D.*) and have demonstrated research interests in their primary discipline. The candidate should have demonstrated professional accomplishments consonant with his or her career status, as well as experience or interest in pursuing research (including research outside of biomedicine, behavior, bioimaging, or bioengineering). *M.D. applicants must be current Stanford fellows.
  2. Degree must be completed between December 2015 and May 2017 for Ph.D. applicants.
  3. By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. 


To apply, complete an online application by Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT: 

Candidates should identify and contact potential co-mentors and identify a project within Stanford’s existing network of interdisciplinary researchers with strengths in diverse topics of mechanobiology. Please visit the website for a list of participating faculty. Co-mentors should include at least one faculty member from the Biosciences/Medicine and at least one faculty member from the Quantitative Sciences/Engineering.

The following components should be submitted as one PDF:

  1. NIH Style Biosketch (up to 5 pages)
  2. Description of Candidate: Career Goals and Objectives (up to 500 words) & Candidate's Background (up to 500 words)
  3. Research Proposal (up to 2 pages plus references)
  4. A letter of invitation and support from each co-mentor (PDF of an email is sufficient). The co-mentors commit to work together with the candidate in planning, directing, monitoring, and executing the project and career development goals of the candidate.
  5. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted separately by the letter writers through the online application portal.  

Detailed application instructions can be found at


For more information please contact:

Katherine Alfieri Tel.: 650-529-5482 Email: