Postdoctoral Studies


Please examine the research interests and laboratory descriptions available from the Department Faculty page. If you are interested in working in someone’s lab, contact the lab head directly.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintains a list of open postdoctoral positions. This site also provides useful information to those considering postdoctoral positions at Stanford.


Getting started in the Department

Before you get started, you will receive emails from Wendy Christensen packed with all the information you need. That will include the following documents, which can also be found in the right sidebar of this page:

  • Prior to Arrival: Info on creating a Stanford ID, patent agreements, HIPAA, training needs, etc

  • Welcome to the Department: Info on payroll, getting keys, internet access, ID cards, benefits enrollment, required trainings, useful contact info, maps, parking, and way more. 

  • First Day: Info on required documents to bring to orientation, getting building access, etc.

Feel free to contact Wendy with any concerns or questions!

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs also has a lot of good information for new postdocs on this page.


Finding housing

Most postdocs live off campus. Some may manage to find on-campus housing through the graduate housing lottery, but that is not a guarantee. More commonly, postdocs live in the nearby cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Redwood City and Sunnyvale. See the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs housing page for more information.   

Non-Stanford Resources in the surrounding cities (Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Redwood City and Sunnyvale) can be found on the following links.




Seminar Series

There are many regular seminar series on campus that postdocs choose to attend. Some of the most popular include: