Post-doctoral Studies

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If you will be working on campus, you will need to self quarantine for 14 days before arriving on campus. While on campus you will need to wear a face mask and conduct a daily health check

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Application process

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.


This is an off-campus housing option within a few miles of campus.

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. A little farther out are Redwood City and Sunnyvale. See the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs housing page for more information. 

Getting started in the Department

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has a lot of good information for new postdocs:

You will also receive emails from Wendy Christensen packed with all the information you need to get started, which will include the following documents. You can find versions of all of these 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. You can find a link to the latest version of the “Welcome to the Department” document in the right sidebar. Feel free to contact Wendy with any concerns or questions!

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

Seminar Series

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