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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Maya Mathur

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Mathur, Maya
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Biomedical Informatics
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Initial appointment 12 months, which can be renewed upon mutual agreement
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

To inquire, please email Dr. Mathur ( with the required application materials in a single PDF.

The Mathur Lab is inviting applications for a postdoctoral scholar to spearhead social-science research on topics in effective animal advocacy (EAA), defined as research into cost-effective means of improving animal welfare (for example, by reducing factory farming). The successful candidate will lead the design and conduct of such research under Dr. Maya Mathur’s direct mentorship, building a pathway into an EAA-focused research career. The lab’s existing work on EAA has largely focused on educational interventions to reduce individual consumption of meat and animal products, but the successful candidate may focus on any topic that falls clearly within the EAA scope. The start date is flexible.

Required Qualifications: 
  • A commitment to EAA and a desire to make this a focus of their career, even if the candidate has not yet published academic work in these areas.
  • An excellent track record of independent scholarship and resulting rigorous, first-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals. The existing work need not be about EAA topics but must evidence aptitude for study design, statistical analysis, and scientific writing.
  • A demonstrated capacity to work independently and productively; to generate original project ideas; and to successfully complete and publish them.
  • A PhD in any field, though fields providing rigorous quantitative training are preferred. (Candidates who do not have a PhD, but meet all other criteria, will be considered.)
Required Application Materials: 
  • A cover letter (1 page) describing your fit for the role and career goals.
  • A research proposal (2 pages) on an EAA topic, in which you describe an important research question and propose specific methods to address it. Describing a single study in detail is better than describing multiple studies at a higher level.
  • A C.V. including full list of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Copies of, or links to, any existing projects you have done that are related to EAA (which could include forum or blog posts).
  • Contact information for three references, at least one of whom should be a primary research mentor. Providing one reference with expertise in EAA is encouraged if possible.


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.