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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor VJ Periyakoil

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Periyakoil, VJ
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Med: Primary Care and Population Health
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
One year with the option to extend
Appointment Start Date: 
As soon as the postdoc is identified
How to Submit Application Materials: 

If you are passionate about advancing health equity and possess a strong research background, please submit your application materials via email to Dr. Jessica Moon ( We value diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

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.

The Longevity, Equity, and Aging Research coNsortium (L.E.A.R.N.) at Stanford University is dedicated to advancing knowledge and innovation in longevity, health equity, and healthy aging ( and led by Prof Periyakoil (PI). L.E.A.R.N’s mission is to mitigate health disparities among diverse older adults by fostering the development of early career scientists. L.E.A.R.N. employs innovative methodologies across a spectrum of disciplines including digital health, diagnostics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, psychology, demography, and population sciences. Through cutting-edge research in biobehavioral and social sciences, L.E.A.R.N.  aims to spearhead new advances that enhance the health and well-being of aging populations globally. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at L.E.A.R.N., you will play a crucial role in supporting our mission to explore and improve Longevity and Healthy Aging for diverse populations. This position is ideal for highly motivated researchers, who want to become leaders in longevity and healthy aging research.  You will be engaged in projects that have a direct impact on developing strategies to improve health outcomes and equity.
Key Responsibilities

  • Research Excellence: With formal mentoring, conduct, participate and lead innovative longitudinal and/or clinical trials research focused on longevity and healthy aging, skillfully integrating sociobehavioral theories with mixed methods to address complex health disparities.
  • Methodological Expertise: Employ both qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop comprehensive insights into the determinants of health and well-being in older adults.
  • Collaborative Research: Actively collaborate within a multidisciplinary team, contributing to pioneering studies and initiatives that advance health equity and access.
  • Scholarly Communication: Prepare and disseminate research findings through manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences.
  • Grant Writing: Engage in the development and submission of research grants (such as an NIH K award) to secure funding for future innovative projects. Mentoring will be provided for the fellow to become competitive for NIH and other grant funding mechanisms. 
Required Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D. in Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Medicine, Gerontology, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Anthropology, or another applicable research discipline, demonstrating a strong foundation in relevant methodologies.
  • Proven track record in health equity research with URM patients. Previous focus on aging or health disparities is highly advantageous.
  • Exceptional communication abilities, both written and verbal, with demonstrated capability to work effectively in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.
  • Aptitude for integrating various research methods and insights from diverse fields to enrich understanding of aging and health disparities.
  • A strong interest in and passion for deploying innovative research techniques to explore complex questions in the field of aging.
  • Experience with statistical software packages and familiarity with qualitative analysis software is a plus.
Required Application Materials: 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter explaining interest in the position and how L.E.A.R.N. can advance your career goals. 
  • Names and contact information for three professional references


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.