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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Mark Cappelli

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Cappelli, Mark
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Mechanical Engineering
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Postdoctoral contracts are 1-year long, with the chance of extension upon mutual agreement.
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Applicants should please email Professor Mark Capppelli at with a single attached .pdf with the required application materials.

We have an immediate opportunity for a researcher to study the development of air/atmospheric pressure plasmas for applications to problems in sustainability. We are examining the use of a range of plasma technologies for problems ranging from nitrogen fixation, CO2 splitting and even direct air-capture. Opportunities exist to work with new companies in the Silicon Valley as well as other research groups at Stanford, including researchers in the new School for Sustainability. Knowledge of plasma chemistry is desired, but not required. We want someone who is hands-on, comfortable in the laboratory and on working on plasma devices. The candidate should be enthusiastic about the prospects for transitioning technology from the lab to the field. Publications are valued but the emphasis here is on making impact on solving important problems related to climate science.

Required Qualifications: 
  • The candidate must have a PhD in engineering, physics, computer science, or related fields.
  • Experience with mechanical design, construction, and engineering of plasma systems.
  • Experience with data analysis and scientific programming.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of different backgrounds (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, etc.)
Required Application Materials: 
  • 1-page cover letter with a brief statement of research experience, interests, and career plans. In addition, please discuss your expected start date and desired length of postdoc.
  • 1-page research statement  with focus on work with plasma devices.
  • an up-to-date CV.
  • contact information (email and phone number) of  2-3 professional references (one from a primary research advisor or mentor). The references will be contacted for verbal and/or written recommendations with notice to the applicant.


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.