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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Silvana Konermann

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Konermann, Silvana
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Arc Science Fellows are appointed for a five-year term at Arc, with a formal check-in after three years, and are employed by Arc Institute.
Appointment Start Date: 
Spring to Fall 2023

Science Fellow, Arc Institute (2023)
The Arc Institute is a new scientific institution that conducts curiosity-driven basic science and technology development to understand and treat complex human diseases. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Arc is an independent research organization founded on the belief that many important research programs will be enabled by new institutional models. Arc operates in partnership with Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley.
While the prevailing university research model has yielded many tremendous successes, we believe in the importance of institutional experimentation as a way to make progress. These include:
Funding: Arc fully funds Core Investigator’s (PI’s) research groups, liberating scientists from the typical constraints of project-based external grants.
Technology: Biomedical research has become increasingly dependent on complex tooling. Arc Technology Centers develop, optimize and deploy rapidly advancing experimental and computational technologies in collaboration with Core Investigators.
Support: Arc aims to provide first-class support—operationally, financially and scientifically—that will enable scientists to pursue long-term high risk, high reward research that can meaningfully advance progress in disease cures, including neurodegeneration, cancer, and immune dysfunction.
Culture: We believe that culture matters enormously in science and that excellence is difficult to sustain. We aim to create a culture that is focused on scientific curiosity, a deep commitment to truth, broad ambition, and selfless collaboration. With $650M in committed funding, the vision is to grow from 70 people currently to a team of 200-300 people in the next 2-3 years.

Science Fellow Role

Arc Institute’s Science Fellows program is designed for outstanding early career scientists who are seeking an opportunity to transition to a principal investigator position directly after their doctoral training. To accelerate independent careers, this program provides Arc Fellows with leadership training and full salary and research support for their group. Arc Science Fellows are active members of the Arc community and will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with our Core Investigators, Technology Centers, and Translational Programs.
Arc Science Fellows are employed by the Institute and appointed for a five-year term at Arc. Science Fellows will be independent group leaders that pursue research agendas with a combination of innovative technologies, originality, and risk that are unlikely to be supported by traditional funding sources.
Additional details are available on our website.

Please note applications are due by 9pm PT on January 2, 2023.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Doctoral degree conferred prior to start date of this position
Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover Letter CV (5 pages)
    • An NIH-style biosketch is recommended but not required
  • Research plan (3 pages)
    • Description of past research (1 page)
    • Description of proposed work (2 pages)
  • List of 3 most significant publications with a brief description of your specific contributions to each paper (1 page)
  • PDFs of your 3 most significant publications
  • Confidential Letters of Recommendation (3)


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.