Melanoma-focused Research Fellowship

Stanford Dermatology is offering a melanoma-focused research fellowship opportunity for a highly motivated individual interested in clinical research and helping to advance melanoma-related public health initiatives.  This is a two-year position, though a one-year commitment may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Stanford Dermatology is a leading tertiary referral center for pigmented lesion and melanoma diagnosis and management, and the fellow will be immersed in an innovative academic environment under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Swetter, Co-Director of the Stanford Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, Physician Leader of the Cancer Care Program in Cutaneous Oncology, and a national melanoma leader in clinical guidelines development and melanoma prevention/early detection. The candidate will spend half of their effort immersed in supporting a major state-wide melanoma prevention effort (Wipe Out Melanoma - California), with opportunities to contribute to programmatic development and research. The candidate will focus the remaining half of their effort conducting a number of high impact clinical studies evaluating digital and artificial-intelligence driven interventions for early detection of melanoma and community outreach as part of Stanford’s Skin Innovation and Interventional Research Group (SIIRG).  This projects will involve development and clinical annotation of internal image-based and clinical outcome datasets, along with conducting analysis to address hypotheses related to early detection of skin cancers and risk stratification.  The candidate should possess a strong interest in melanoma and cutaneous oncology, be a proactive team-player with keen attention to organizational detail, have prowess in RedCAP database management, a robust interest in biostatistics, and possess stellar writing and communication skills.  The fellow will be based at our flagship teaching sites at Redwood City and the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, along with meetings involving team members from Stanford’s Center for Population Health Sciences and Office of Community Engagement. The candidate will have numerous opportunities to write and publish during this experience.

Required Qualifications: 

  • The ideal candidate will be interested in an academic career in cutaneous oncology and dermatology
  • M.D. or D.O.
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Prior coursework and/or prior project experience with basic biostatistics
  • Prior experience with clinical research strongly preferred


Required Application Materials: 

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter
  • Writing example (i.e. published lead-author manuscript, thesis, or other academic publication)
  • Names of two references, including at least one research mentor


To apply, please email all required application materials to Kathrina Laidlaw at and Alesha Norton at