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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jennifer Eberhardt

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Eberhardt, Jennifer
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Hazel Rose Markus, MarYam Hamedani, Alia Crum, Greg Walton
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
September 2023 - August 2024, with the possibility of renewal
Appointment Start Date: 
September 2023
How to Submit Application Materials: 
  • Application materials should be submitted using this online form. Applications not submitted through this link will not be considered.
  • Application review will begin on March 3, 2023. Finalists will be invited to a Zoom (i.e., remote) interview.
  • Applicants will be notified of the fellowship outcome in the spring.
Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
Yes. The expected base pay range for this position is listed in Pay Range field. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.
Pay Range: 

Stanford SPARQ is launching a postdoctoral fellowship program for recent Ph.D. graduates with significant social psychological training who want to gain experience doing research that is focused on addressing timely social problems and is grounded in research-driven partnerships with practitioners. We plan to hire up to 5 postdoctoral fellows to join the Stanford University Psychology Department starting in the Fall of 2023. Fellowship appointments could span 2 years: they are guaranteed for 1 year and may be renewed for a 2nd year contingent on strong performance.
Program Description
The goal of Stanford SPARQ’s postdoctoral fellowship program is to promote the professional development of social psychologists who want to pursue research focused on timely social problems and collaborate with practitioners on research-driven partnerships for change.
Stanford SPARQ is a behavioral science “do tank” at Stanford University, located in the Department of Psychology. The center builds research-driven partnerships with industry leaders and changemakers to combat bias, reduce societal disparities, and drive culture change. SPARQ works in the areas of criminal justice, economic mobility, education, health, and media + tech. SPARQ’s Faculty Co-Directors are Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt and Dr. Hazel Rose Markus, and its Managing Director is Dr. MarYam Hamedani. To learn more about SPARQ and our work, visit
By participating in the program, postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate on ongoing projects with SPARQ and social psychology faculty at Stanford, develop new research, and grow their skills. They will join a community of bridge builders between research and application who want to put social psychology to work in the world, bust the basic-applied binary, and learn from practitioners working to fight inequality and inspire cultural change in diverse domains. The work we do begins with developing a solid social scientific foundation for change, including producing state-of-the-art research publications as well as practitioner-facing tools. Professional development opportunities will be available for candidates considering a variety of career pathways with a focus on applied behavioral science. Mentorship will be tailored to research and professional interests.
To start in the Fall of 2023, 3 positions will be available within SPARQ (to be directed jointly by Drs. Jennifer Eberhardt, Hazel Rose Markus, and MarYam Hamedani) and 2 with participating faculty affiliates Dr. Alia Crum (Director of the Mind & Body Lab) and Dr. Greg Walton (Co-Director of the Dweck-Walton Lab). See here for descriptions of the fellowship positions.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Psychology or a related field with significant training in quantitative, experimental social psychology. If the Ph.D. is not yet complete, candidates must be completing their dissertation with graduation expected by the end of Summer 2023.
  • Successful candidates will have demonstrable skills in advancing psychological and behavioral science research from conceptualization to publication, and a readiness to partner with practitioners in public and private sector organizations on research in naturalistic settings.
  • Candidates with experience managing relationships between partners in the university and public and/or private sector organizations is a plus; experience working with multidisciplinary research teams and communicating research to nonacademic audiences is also a plus.
  • Candidates should also be able to demonstrate: the ability to work well and thrive in an array of complex environments, under changing conditions, and with people from a range of diverse professional and personal backgrounds; a passion for people, dedication to learning, and commitment to SPARQ’s mission; excellent written, visual, and oral communication skills.
Required Application Materials: 

Please prepare the following materials to be submitted using the online form. Applicants will also be asked to provide contact and background information, and contact information for 2 references.

  • A cover letter (detailing the candidate’s interest in the position, how those interests would be advanced by the fellowship, and future career goals; 2 pages max)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement (3 pages max)
  • Representative manuscript (for a writing sample). Optional additional writing sample: Short piece for a nonacademic audience (e.g., op-ed, policy brief). Do not include a second academic writing sample.
  • Unofficial transcript


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.