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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Jennifer Rabbitts

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Rabbitts, Jennifer
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Anesthes, Periop & Pain Med
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Initial appointment is 1 year with renewal after the first year for an additional 1-2 years by mutual agreement
Appointment Start Date: 
Flexible start date
How to Submit Application Materials: 

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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 FY24 minimum is $71,650.

Our postdoctoral research fellowship program is dedicated to preparing scholars for an academic career in the domains of pediatric pain, sleep, and/or opioid research. Fellows will play a pivotal role in NHLBI, NIAMS, and NICHD-funded studies, focusing on the intersection of perioperative sleep, pain, and opioid use. Fellows will be exposed to longitudinal observational, interventional, and qualitative research designs, and a range of methodologies including psychosocial assessment and intervention, clinical trials, digital health quantitative sensory testing, and actigraphy. Profession-specific co-mentorship will be arranged where relevant (e.g., psychologist, data scientist), and clinical time may be an option for applicants with clinical training backgrounds.
An additional key pillar of the fellowship is to provide proficiency in handling and interpreting vast datasets, including claims data, electronic health records, and other publicly accessible datasets – all with a keen focus on pediatric pain, sleep, opioids, and perioperative outcomes. In addition to core research activities, the fellowship emphasizes capacity-building in grant writing, manuscript preparation, advanced data analysis techniques, and the art of mentoring and supervising burgeoning scholars. We value innovation, and our program provides an enabling environment for fellows to conceptualize, develop, and lead independent research initiatives.
The postdoctoral fellowship is anchored at Stanford Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine and the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Clinical work at Lucille Packard Children’s hospital is also available for applicants working towards professional licensure. Committed to fostering the next generation of leaders, Stanford University ensures that fellows have access to an expansive suite of career development opportunities, both within Stanford University and the Stanford School of Medicine.

Required Qualifications: 

• Doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent)
• Demonstrated experience with data analyses using Stata, SPSS, or R
• Effective oral and written communication skills
• Prior relevant publication (minimum in press or under review)
• Prior relevant clinical research experience in behavioral health, pediatric health, pain, or perioperative outcomes.

Required Application Materials: 

• Curriculum vitae
• Cover letter describing relevant experiences, interests, and goals
• A scientific writing sample (e.g., manuscript or thesis chapter)
• Contact information for 3 references


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.