Postdoctoral Fellowship Openings

There are currently multiple openings for Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Research Training in Pain and/or Substance Use Disorders - T32 Program (NIH T32 supported)

Program Description

The Stanford Division of Pain Medicine Training Program in Pain and Substance Use Disorders is intended to develop postdoctoral trainees’ skills to become independent investigators in the fields of pain, substance abuse disorders, and their intersection.  The training program (1-3 years) incorporates required and elective coursework, mentored research experiences, an individual integrated research project, seminars, and exposure to professional development skills, including grant proposal and manuscript writing. The aim of this program is to develop the next generation of academic leaders in pain and substance abuse disorder to ultimately can better characterize these important conditions and translate discoveries into safe and effective treatments. This program is supported by an NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 training grant. Our program has successfully trained and helped transition multiple postdoctoral fellows into independent research careers.

The postdoctoral fellow may work with one of 17 primary mentors, spanning 7 departments – Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Medicine, Psychiatry, Biology, Radiology, and Psychology.

Our T32 also provides tuition support to obtain Stanford Masters in Epidemiology and Clinical Research for those who would benefit from additional training in clinical research.

Our training program achieves all of the following specific objectives

  • Recruit and train researchers from diverse academic backgrounds and under-represented populations.
  • Obtain broad knowledge about the fields of pain and SUD neurobiology.
  • Acquire depth and expertise in an area of specialization within a field of pain and SUD.
  • Develop proficiency in research methodology and skills.
  • Develop skills to identify key research questions and formulate testable hypotheses.
  • Design and execute studies that test those hypotheses.
  • Present findings at national conferences.
  • Develop proficiency in manuscript writing and publishing.
  • Become skilled in writing funded grant applications.
  • Develop proficiency in team science concepts and the conduct of collaborative research.
  • Gain proficiency in the responsible conduct of research.
  • Work with primary mentors and co-mentors to develop challenging yet realistic career plans.
  • Disciplines in which we offer training

  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Optogenetics
  • Electrophysiology
  • Glia
  • “Omics” (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics)
  • Neuroimaging
  • Cognitive neurosciences
  • Psychology
  • Clinical trials
  • Pharmacology
  • Outcomes
  • Health Policy and Economics
  • Primary And Secondary Mentors

    Trainee Requirements

    To be appointed to a T32 research training grant, an individual must be a citizen, a non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a current, valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or must be in possession of other legal verification of such status) and not be supported by any other NIH grant at the time of the T32 appointment. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

    Trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, an MD/PhD, MD or PhD or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Written certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met, prior to the date training is to begin, is acceptable.

    We especially encourage applications from members of under-represented minority groups. Stanford is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action equal opportunity employer.


    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications may be submitted for consideration for the current year, future years or alternate funding mechanisms.

    To begin the process, you will need to submit a curriculum vitae, NIH Biographical Sketch (template available in the survey) and Letter of Research Intent.

    Contact Information

    Dr. Sean Mackey
    c/o Caleb Simone
    1070 Arastradero, Suite 200
    Palo Alto, CA 94304

    Study Information

    More information about our ongoing studies can be found on the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab website.