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Postdoc Programs

Stanford ChEM-H is building bridges across the postdoctoral scholar community in chemistry, engineering, and medicine to encourage the execution of innovative research aimed at addressing challenges in human health from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

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Stanford ChEM-H Postdoc Society

Are you a postdoc working at the interface between physical sciences or engineering and the life sciences? Would you like to meet with others involved in the exciting interdisciplinary research going on at Stanford, to share ideas and establish new collaborations?

Stanford ChEM-H has established a Postdoc Society with the aim of bringing together researchers from across the university to share interests and ideas. Meetings are held monthly over lunch and include opportunities to share your work with your colleagues, as well as talks by faculty and industry guests.

Postdoc Society Leadership Committee 2018-2019

Anne Erst (aernst@stanford.edu)
Iti Kapoor (ikapoor3@stanford.edu)
Dhanya Nambiar (nambiar@stanford.edu)
Abigail Powell (aepowell@stanford.edu)
Nitin Raj (rajnitin@stanford.edu)

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Stanford ChEM-H Postdoc Retreat

This retreat is held each spring and is designed to provide a stimulating environment for the discussion of current research in labs affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H. Postdoctoral trainees will gain experience presenting their work to an expert audience and will meet potential collaborators for the ChEM-H "Postdocs at the Interface" seed grant.

The Sixth Annual ChEM-H Postdoc Retreat has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 ChEM-H Postdoc Retreat is currently scheduled for April 2021. More information will be shared in early 2021. Read about the Postdoc Retreat in the news here.


Stanford ChEM-H Postdocs at the Interface Seed Grant

Since 2015, ChEM-H has funded 17 collaborative postdoc projects as part of the Postdocs at the Interface seed grant program. Through this funding mechanism, ChEM-H seeks to support new, original research projects that combine the complementary expertise of two or more postdoctoral researchers (including Ph.D. holders, M.D. residents and M.D. clinical fellows). Collaborations that bridge chemistry or engineering with the biomedical sciences or medicine are of particular interest to ChEM-H. Basic research and translational research proposals are welcome. The application open period is typically during late spring/early summer. Read about past winners at the link.

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Applications are now open for the 2020 Postdocs at the Interface Seed Grant Competition. Learn more and apply here.


Mentor for the Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program

Are you a postdoc who has taken a non-conventional path to your current research? Do you want to mentor a young scientist who, like you, is interested in blending distinct fields of science to ask compelling research questions?

Stanford ChEM-H is soliciting applications for postdoc mentors to join the Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program. This program aims to provide interdisciplinary research experience to undergraduates who have declared or intend to declare majors in physical science, engineering, or life science fields and to provide the opportunity to gain depth in a research area complementary to their chosen major. Undergraduates selected to participate in the program will be matched with a postdoc mentor in a host lab and attend program meetings to support their research experience.

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Stanford ChEM-H Physician-Scientist Research Fellowship

Stanford ChEM-H provided a special opportunity for physician-scientists with a strong background in chemistry or molecular engineering to develop an independent research program as they completed their fellowship. The program funded incoming fellows who held M.D./Ph.D. degrees and were committed to pursuing research-intensive training in any of the clinical departments at Stanford University. Research areas of greatest interest are ones that bridge the physical sciences or engineering with medicine.

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Stanford - Academia Sinica Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Academia Sinica is sponsoring recent M.D. and Ph.D. graduates from Taiwan to complete their postdoctoral research and training in the laboratories of faculty associated with four interdisciplinary insitutes at Stanford University. The interdisciplinary institutes at Stanford participating in the program include Stanford ChEM-H, Stanford Neurosciences Institutes, the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation & Infection, and SLAC. For more information on eligibility and application requirements, please visit the Academia Sinica website.