Preparing for Your Postdoc
Pre-arrival & On-boarding
Compensation & Taxes
Making the Most of Your Postdoc
Your Individual Development Plan (IDP)
As a postdoctoral scholar, you are responsible for your career trajectory and success, but your Stanford faculty mentors will also provide ongoing mentoring, guidance, and resources, in both scientific and career development, to support you toward your goals.
Click here to navigate your yearly Individual Development Plan (IDP) -- map out your career path at Stanford.
Applying for Grants
The process of applying for research funding supports not only good research, but also develops communication skills and independent thinking. Stanford can help identify funding sources, develop proposals, and manage funding. Note that regardless of funding source, all postdocs must receive at least the minimum salary, and are entitled to benefits. The faculty sponsor is required to supplement any fellowship that does not meet the minimum salary and/or does not provide funding explicitly directed to benefits coverage.
Your Postdoc Journey
Your Postdoc Journey: A Roadmap For Your Time at Stanford to Build Essential Skills. We encourage all Peds postdocs to find their passion and pursue it, in and outside of the lab. This truly is: YOUR POSTDOC JOURNEY.
The Office of Pediatric Education and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have many ways to maximize the personalization of your professional development to meet your goals for your career.
Choose professional development that is meaningful for you.
The Next Phase
Discuss Your Last Day with Your PI
Send your resignation letter to your PI and Postdoc Manager Margaret Murphy with the following information:
- Last day on Stanford payroll
- Forwarding email (non-Stanford)
- Forwarding Address so we can send you your certificate of postdoc training
- Your next position: title and institution
Health Insurance Coverage
Your Stanford health insurance benefit will be active until the last day of the month in which you leave Stanford. After that, you can enroll in continuation of your health insurance through COBRA.
Your Stanford Accounts & Access
- Your Stanford email access, access to all Stanford systems such as Redcap, Box, and other databases will end on the last day of your postdoc appointment.
- If you require continued access for lab continuity, please discuss continuing your email with your PI. Your PI can sponsor your email coverage for $16/month.
On Your Last Day in the Lab
- Return your Med Center Badge, Computer, Lab Coat and Materials to your PI, lab manager, and administrator.
- Complete the electronic resoures attestation and leave with your PI.
Sota Iwatani, PhD
Sota recently returned to Japan after a successful postdoctoral training period in the Stevenson/Wong Lab, Division on Neonatology.
What is the research project you are currently working on?
My current work involves using a newborn mouse model to study the development of severe hyperbilirubinemia in a number of neonatal conditions, such as post-surgical infants who have been exposed to anesthesia as well as infants who develop sepsis. In these infants, heme oxygenase, the rate-limiting enzyme in heme degradation, which produces bilirubin, is upregulated. In addition, these at-risk infants have a high risk of developing hemolysis, and therefore may lead to the increased production of bilirubin to dangerously high levels. If left untreated, these infants may develop bilirubin neurotoxicity.
More What advice would you give to a new Peds research postdoc?
I think that all new postdocs should challenge themselves by studying with something new. At Stanford, we are able to interact and meet many colleagues, read as many papers, attend many conferences, and try many new experiments. There is no doubt that will be a stimulus that promotes future research ideas and advance their careers.
What is the best thing about living in the Bay Area?
Bay Area has the best weather in the world. We can do many outdoor activities every weekend. My family enjoys BBQ’inng, playing tennis, hiking and driving under the blue California skies.
What are your plans AFTER you finish your postdoc training at Stanford?
After my training, I will return Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, where I attained my PhD. I will be a physician scientist in the Division of Neonatology in their Department of Pediatrics. I believe my experiences here, especially in basic science research, will help me design studies to investigate various clinical problems in neonatal medicine.
Anything else you'd like the postdoc community to know?
The Postdoc community here at Stanford is very helpful, supportive, and friendly and provides many networking opportunities and social and education events, including Ice Cream Socials, BBQs, and special symposia and research retreats. We can all meet there and feel as one family!!
- Stanford Office of Pediatric Education | Postdoc Services