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Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM)

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 15, 2018

Application Materials

Stanford PRISM - February 20-23, 2019

We invite all graduate students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences, to apply for the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM) postdoc interview opportunity. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds. Stanford PRISM enables students who might not typically consider a postdoc at Stanford the opportunity to see first-hand if Stanford would be a good match for them.

Postdoctoral training is a critical period for establishing research independence. At Stanford, postdocs work alongside the top scientists and at the same time develop their professional skills, explore career options, and prepare for independent careers. Stanford has one of the largest populations of postdocs in the country and a strong commitment to making the postdoc experience the best it can possibly be.

Here’s how Stanford PRISM works:

Fill out our online application. You will need your CV, a research statement, a recommendation from your mentor, and the names of up to 6 Stanford faculty with whom you would be interested in working. Here is guidance for finding potential mentors, and a list of mentors especially interested in interviewing PRISM candidates. Feel free to contact those faculty now if you like. We will ensure that there is mutual interest and space for a postdoc as part of the selection process.

If your application is selected, we will arrange for you to travel to campus and stay for 3-4 nights. During your stay, you will meet with faculty you have identified as sharing your research interests as well as with current postdocs.

Preliminary schedule:

February 20, 2019: Day 1 – Fly in, meet your roommate, join us for a reception including postdoctoral representatives from our postdoc groups and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.

February 21, 2019: Day 2 – Get up early! Have breakfast with folks from the Postdoc Office, then postdoc hosts will take you to your first lab. You may have a full-day interview in a lab or 1-2 half day interviews; individual schedules will be arranged ahead of time. Lunch and dinner may be with current postdocs or with one of your labs. 

February 22, 2019: Day 3 – More time for interviews and meeting with current postdocs. You may have a full-day interview in a lab or 1-2 half day interviews; individual schedules will be arranged ahead of time. Lunch and dinner may be with current postdocs or with one of your labs. Those without additional interviews may choose to go home on Day 3. 

February 23, 2019: Day 4 – Optional day to explore the Bay area with our postdocs. Activities include local hiking, campus tour, trip to San Francisco. Fly out at the end of the day.

 

Application

Application Process: 
Key Dates for 2018-19
 
Application Opens in September, 2018  
Application Deadline:  October 15, 2018, at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), including recommendation letter.
 
Notification of Decisions:  TBA, 2018
 
To Apply:  Go to https://postdocs.slideroom.com/ (Application only visible during the application period.)
 
Applicants must: 
 
  • Identify at least 2 and up to 6 Stanford faculty as potential postdoctoral mentors. For School of Medicine faculty, browse SoM Departments or find details about individual faculty members in the School of Medicine via Community Academic Profiles (CAP). For faculty outside of the School of Medicine, browse departments in the Natural Sciences, Earth Sciences, or Engineering and find details about individual faculty members in these areas via Stanford Profiles.
  • You can also look at the list of T32 programs at Stanford, which may be a good fit for some PRISM applicants.
  • Fill out the Application Form on Slideroom.com*
  • Upload the following:
    • CV
    • Letter of Reference from their Graduate Advisor
    • Research Statement
*Please begin the online application with enough time to allow the system to solicit the required letter prior to the application deadline. 
 
 
Questions about PRISM? Please contact Robin Sugiura at rsugiura@stanford.edu.