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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Max Diehn

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Diehn, Max
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Radiation Oncology
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Appointment Start Date: 
As soon as possible
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please submit applications to: Max Diehn (

The Diehn laboratory in the Stanford Cancer Institute and Division of Radiation and Cancer Biology within the Department of Radiation Oncology is seeking a postdoctoral scholar who will develop and apply next generation sequencing-based liquid biopsy methods for lung cancer. The aim of our NIH-funded project is to develop novel composite biomarkers that can predict treatment outcomes before, during, and/or after completion of therapy. The scholar will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists, bioinformaticians, and physician-scientists. The project will also involve close collaboration with other laboratories in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medicine. Candidates should hold a PhD, MD, or MD-PhD degree. Prior experience in next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and/or assay development is a plus.

Dr. Diehn is the Vice Chair of Research and Division Chief of Radiation and Cancer Biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The Diehn lab focuses on the development and application of precision medicine approaches for patients with cancer. We study multiple tumor types but have a special emphasis on lung cancer. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, and lab member expertise includes computational biology, machine/deep learning, molecular assay development, pre-clinical cancer models and clinical translation.  The lab has generated a large biospecimen bank including samples from >2,000 cancer patients and we collaborate with leading researchers around the world to acquire additional biospecimens for analysis with the novel assays we are generating.  An overarching goal of our research is to translate discoveries from our lab into the clinic in order to improve patient outcomes. We therefore have multiple clinical trials based on our work currently in progress.

Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD and/or MD degree conferred prior to start date
  • Prior experience in next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and/or assay development is a plus
Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter highlighting prior experience and reasons for interest in the position
  • CV
  • Names and contact information for 2-3 references
  • Copies of key prior paper(s) led by 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.