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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Vinit Mahajan Mahajan

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1 Year, possible extension is eligible/applicable
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Email the following documents to Sara Horca ( with Subject Line: Postdoc Application, First Name Last Name, Mahajan Lab

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 FY25 minimum is $73,800.

We have an opening for a full-time postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Vinit Mahajan. Within this position you will have the opportunity to perform and direct advanced genetic, genome engineering and stem cell research related to developmental biology and retinal disease. Also supervise members in the laboratory and organization.
Perform highly technical and specialized scientific research by planning research experiments, analyzing data and disseminating research findings. Key areas of responsibility include helping PhD candidates and medical students plan experiments, creating mouse models for genetic disorders; maintaining and studying  mouse and human cell lines; analyzing and evaluating data/research; disseminating research results; writing of research manuscripts, proposals/grants; and selecting companies as sources of cutting-edge reagents and services.

Required Qualifications: 
  • A Ph.D. in a field pertaining to stem cell biology, genetics, and ophthalmology, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in a field pertaining to stem cell biology and/or genome engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience with lentivirus and AAV development.
  • Expertise in surgical procedures such as, but not limited to, subretinal injections, intravitreal injections, in utero injections, and cell transplantation.
  • Expertise in human cell culture and genome engineering technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs, or ZFNs
  • Expertise in intra- and inter-species chimeric research (incorporating primary donor cells, as well as stem cell-derived donor cells during mouse development)
  • The candidate should be proficient in standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, and RT-PCR, DNA and RNA isolation, quantitative Real Time PCR), common biochemical techniques (e.g. expression and purification of recombinant and tagged protein, protein isolation and purification from human and mouse tissue samples), common cell biology techniques (e.g. immunofluorescence) and tissue culture techniques (i.e. establishing and maintaining primary cell lines and generating stable cell lines).
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills are required. The candidate must be able to integrate into a highly cooperative research team and take direction from the PI and supervising research staff designated by the PI.
  • Experience writing NIH grants.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with mouse eye electroretinography and mouse eye imaging (fundus photography, optical coherence tomography, auto-fluorescent imaging, and infrared imaging) and phenotyping.
  • Experience teaching and training undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Nutritional metabolism.
  • Demonstrated experience with Photoshop and Macintosh software.
  • Experience speaking in professional settings (annual meetings, department seminars, etc.).
  • Ability to prepare surgical equipment, such as specialized injection needles
Required Application Materials: 
  • CV
  • References
  • Cover Letter


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.