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Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Faculty, Various
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Data Science Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Two years
Appointment Start Date: 
September 1, 2020
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please send all application materials to with the subject line: Post-Doc Application for: <your name>

The newly formed Data Science Institute at Stanford University seeks recent Ph.D. scientists, researchers and scholars of exceptional promise for postdoctoral positions in interdisciplinary research with expertise in both the methods and theory of data science AND a domain of scholarship, like physical, earth, life, or social sciences, humanities and the arts, business, law, medicine, education, or engineering.
Data Science Post-Doctoral Fellows work both within and at the boundaries between data science methods and the domains of scholarship that utilize data science to discover and create new knowledge. They will lead independent, original research programs with impact in one or more research domains and in one or more methodological domains (computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, etc).
Ideal candidates will have earned a PhD in either a methods or applied discipline with demonstrated skills and experience in one of the other complementary areas (as examples: a PhD in statistics with applications to physics, or a PhD in biology with extensive use of machine learning).  Successful candidates will bring a research agenda that can take advantage of the unique intellectual opportunities afforded by Stanford University, and will have experience in working with researchers across different fields. Their research results will be published in technical reports, open-source software, peer-reviewed journals as well as presented at scientific conferences. Ideal candidates will have experience and interests in building community, teaching and training, and leadership with strong communication skills.
Applicants should expect travelling as a requirement to coordinate research with internal and external collaborators and sponsors.
Appointments will be initially for two years, with an expectation of renewal for a third on satisfactory performance. Fellowships have a competitive salary and benefits, with funds to support research and travel.  There is flexibility about the start date, but September 1, 2020 is expected.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Recent PhD with experience in a complementary field(s)
  •  Excellent experience in their PhD discipline
  •  Excellent knowledge of advanced software engineering, computer science and/or statistics
  •  Demonstrated commitment to reproducibility and open research through existing public release of research data and software code
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations, seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  •  Experience collaborating effectively with a team of scientists of diverse backgrounds

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in developing curriculum and teaching
  • Experience developing open source research software used by a community beyond their lab
  • Experience building inclusive communities of practice around data science that are diverse and equitable for all
Required Application Materials: 
  • Applicants should include their curriculum vitae, publication/software list, and two-page essay detailing a proposed research project. We encourage including the names of potential faculty collaborators (ideally bridging two departments).
  •  Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposed research plan with potential faculty collaborator(s) in preparing their application.
  •  Applicants should arrange to have two letters of reference.


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.