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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Alex Gao

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Gao, Alex
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1 year with the possibility for extension
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Interested applicants should send the required application materials to

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY23 minimum is $68,238.

The Gao Lab ( in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University is seeking an exceptional postdoctoral scientist in structural biology to join our new research team. The lab is focused on exploring and harnessing the vast diversity of genes throughout Earth’s microbiome to understand new biological principles and develop cutting-edge molecular technologies for human health and medicine. We are particularly interested in characterizing the repertoire of diverse microbial immune pattern recognition and programmed cell death pathways, as well as novel antimicrobial strategies and new tools for precision genome editing (see e.g. Gao et al. Science 2022,; Gao et al. Science 2020,
Active areas of research include the structure and function of novel protein complexes that mediate immunity and anti-phage defense in prokaryotes. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of structural biology, including construct design, expression and purification of proteins, cryo-EM sample preparation, data collection, structure determination, and structural analysis.
The Gao lab aims to build a multidisciplinary lab bridging fundamental biology and to develop novel biotechnology for health and medicine. We are part of the School of Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry, which has a long-standing culture of sharing, strong sense of community and collegiality, and a supportive environment that values different people and perspectives.

Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD in structural biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field
  • Expertise in protein purification, biochemistry, and structure determination of protein complexes by single-particle cryo-EM
  • Highly motivated and capable of independent work in a collaborative environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • Brief statement of research interest
  • Contact information for two references


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