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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Michaelle Mayalu

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Mayalu, Michaelle
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: 
As soon as possible
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Applicants should please email Dr. Mayalu at with a single attached .pdf with the required documents.

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.

The Mayalu Lab is seeking to fill one postdoctoral research position for experimental work.  This is a great opportunity to work on control theoretic and experimental aspects of model-based design of synthetic biological and biomedical systems.  More information can be found at:

Working at Stanford offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that are not found together anywhere else. We are looking for researchers that are curious, motivated and want to be part of a unique community. Accepted candidates will also have an invaluable opportunity to help shape our young lab. Dr. Mayalu is invested in working with accepted candidates to develop a plan towards their own career goals.

Required Qualifications: 

The candidate must have a PhD in engineering, biological sciences, computer science, physics, math, or related field.  Experience in at least one of the following:
• Microbial engineering
• Biological controllers
• Designing genetic circuits(e.g., molecular cloning, microbial culture, DNA transfection)
• Large scale DNA assembly and characterization
• Designing assays and collecting data using state-of-the art analytical techniques  (e.g.  microplate reader, fluorescence microscopy,  flow cytometry,  next-generation sequencing, and other analytic technologies)
• Design of testbeds to evaluate biological controllers (e.g. robotic bioreactors, biological microfluidic devices, and other automatic/robotic platforms) is strongly desired.

Postdocs are expected to co-mentor graduate students and have the ability to work collaboratively and on individual projects in a dynamic, multidisciplinary, team-oriented setting.  Postdocs with the ability to prioritize, perform multiple tasks, and execute detailed technical protocols meticulously along with strong organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and documentation skills are very attractive.
Postdocs are also expected to perform data analysis using computational methods and tools for analysis and statistics, communicate results effectively (both verbally and in writing), and make presentations to the scientific community through talks and publications. Interest in modeling, simulation, analysis, and control of biological networks is also attractive.

Required Application Materials: 
  1. 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.
  2. 1-page research statement  with description of intended contributions to the lab.
  3. Updated CV
  4. 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.