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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Joseph Garner

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Garner, Joseph
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Comparative Medicine
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Appointment Start Date: 
As soon as possible
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please email the required application materials to Anne Lum,

The Garner Lab at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Comparative Medicine is seeking qualified applicants for an immediate opening of a two-year postdoctoral position. The Lab’s activities are divided between support services at the Veterinary Service Center, and original research in both Lab Animal Welfare Science and the 3Rs, and in translational neuroethology, particularly Trichotillomania, Autism, and Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors.
Responsibilities will be matched to the experience level and career goals of the successful candidate. Opportunities exist for self-originated project design, grant-writing, and execution.
Both the lab and the department are extremely diverse, and applicants from underrepresented backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Duties Include:
• Overseeing research projects.
• Performing data analysis.
• Preparing manuscripts for publication.
• Aiding with the mentoring of undergraduate students, veterinary residents in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) program, and graduate students with their research projects.
• Assisting with orientation and training of new staff or students on lab procedures and techniques.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work to be performed and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary without changing the general nature and scope of the postdoc position or level of responsibility. The postdoc may also perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

Individuals who have earned a doctoral degree are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant behavioral discipline (such as neuroethology, applied ethology, or behavioral neuroscience); and must have completed all degree requirements prior to start date.

The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary skill, evidenced by experience in at least one of the following additional areas:
• Translational science – animal welfare, comparative medicine, psychiatry.
• Quantitative methods – biostatistics, bioinformatics, simulation, metascience, systematic reviews.
• Product engineering or mechatronics – 3D printing, data acquisition systems, digital video, control systems.
• Coding in relevant languages – R, MatLab, Python, Visual Basic, SQL.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :
• Be a self-starter and be self-motivated.
• Have demonstrated ability to problem-solve.
• Enjoy working in teams.
• Have excellent writing skills.
• Have a level of statistical literacy and proficiency matching their training.
• Able to maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes.
• Have general computer skills and the ability to quickly learn and master computer programs, databases, and scientific applications.
• Have excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work.
• Can work under deadlines with general guidance.
Physical Requirements :*
• Frequently sit, reach above shoulders, perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
• Occasionally stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat and use fine light/fine grasping.
• Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, rarely lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Working Conditions:
• Position may at times require the postdoc to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or exposure to chemicals, blood, body fluid or tissues and risk of exposure to contagious diseases and infections.
• May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.

Required Application Materials: 

• An updated CV
• Complete contact information for three references
• A one-page cover letter describing past research experience, career goals, and a statement of future research interest


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.