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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Anisha Patel

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Patel, Anisha
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Ped: General Pediatrics
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
2022 - 2024
Appointment Start Date: 
Fall 2022
How to Submit Application Materials: 

To be ensured of full consideration, please send your complete application by January 21, 2022 in a single PDF to with the subject line: “SIL Postdoc_Patel”.

Open postdoctoral position through the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program with Dr. Anisha Patel, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of Partnerships for Research in Child Health.
Stanford Impact Labs is a new initiative at Stanford University investing in highly-motivated teams of researchers and practitioners to generate new insights and solutions to persistent social problems. To begin in the Fall of 2022, Stanford Impact Labs is now accepting applications to the two-year postdoctoral fellowship program in collaboration with three research teams. As part of this program, Dr. Patel and interdisciplinary collaborators at Partnerships for Research in Child Health, are seeking a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join a team-based, collaborative community that values the different skills, expertise, and perspectives necessary to design, conduct, sustain, and disseminate public impact research.
The Partnerships for Research in Child Health Lab at Stanford University uses a community-based participatory research approach to partner with communities to develop and evaluate programs and policies to reduce child health inequities for low-income and minority communities. Conducting research with community partners has ensured that research topics are salient, methods are feasible, and that evidence is translated to impact practices and policies to promote health for the most vulnerable populations.
Based on their expertise and interests, the postdoctoral fellow will engage with our lab and the community-academic partnership on a variety of projects focused on promoting food security among low-income populations of color. For example, the fellow could work with our community-academic research partnership to implement and evaluate interventions to increase participation in school meal programs. This research is instrumental in informing implementation of groundbreaking legislation in California (Free School Meals for All) which will provide all public school children with free school meals, regardless of income beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.
Mentorship Structure
The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Associate Professor, Dr. Anisha Patel, and will collaborate with other Stanford researchers with expertise in business and public health, policy experts at University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute, as well as community-based organizations, advocates, policymakers, research scholars, staff, and students affiliated with the lab. Mentorship of the Postdoctoral Associate will be structured according to research and professional interests.
In addition, a goal of the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to create a diverse community of scholars who are committed to producing research that has a positive impact on society. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to engage with one another and with the broader Stanford Impact Labs team and community, and will be invited to participate in select professional development, cohort-building, and SIL programming goals and activities.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Completion of all doctoral requirements within the past three years and no later than September 1st, 2022
  • Has research expertise in public health, policy, health disparities, community-based research, or nutrition.
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has expertise in quantitative data analysis.
  • Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
  • Is committed to advancing solutions to social problems through rigorous research, and communicating research findings to diverse audiences, including non-academic audiences
  • Wishes to grow their collaborative research skills and ability to partner with organizations 

Candidates will be evaluated according to their:

  • Scientific record and potential
  • Commitment to pursuing scholarship that can impact public policy or social outcomes
  • Potential contribution to the research team
  • Potential contribution to the the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship program and the educational activities, goals, and community of Stanford Impact Labs
  • Potential for scholarly careers that will contribute to addressing historical inequities and advancing diversity through their research, teaching, and service
Required Application Materials: 
  1. Letter of interest explaining your motivation to become a postdoc with the respective research Lab through the Stanford Impact Labs fellowship program (500 words max)
  2. Short responses to the following three prompts, in 300 words or less for each:
  • Please provide a short description of your dissertation research and broader research agenda.
  • How does your research training and expertise prepare you to make progress towards understanding and identifying practical solutions to social problems?
  • In what ways have you contributed towards and/or demonstrated a commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity through your academic career, and how do you plan to advance these commitments professionally?

 3. CV: Provide a curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages
 4. One representative writing sample


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.