Stanford University, Geophysics Department, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

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Fellowship ID:Stanford-Geophysics-THOMPSON2021 [#17103]
Fellowship Title: Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geophysics
Fellowship Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Stanford, California 94305-2215, United States [map]
Subject Area: Geophysics
Appl Deadline:2021/01/01 11:59PMhelp popup (1st round interviews posted 2020/10/08, updated 2020/10/07)

*** the list date or deadline for this fellowship has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The Department of Geophysics at Stanford University has established the Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship to be awarded to a candidate preferably within two years of receipt of the Ph.D. A candidate applying before completing their Ph.D. must have been awarded their degree before taking up the Fellowship. Our fellowship is open to applicants (whatever the discipline of their Ph.D.) in any area of geophysics, including new areas of research that cross classical disciplinary boundaries. Our department studies the surface and interiors of the Earth, Moon, and planets through laboratory experiments, computational and theoretical modeling, remote imaging, and direct observation. Our research has both fundamental and applied elements.

The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and promise, and contribute to the growth and diversity of the Department. We seek candidates who have their own independent research agenda, but have common interests with one or more existing faculty (who will serve as a formal mentor(s)) to participate in their research group activities. We encourage prospective applicants, before applying, to communicate with prospective faculty mentors.

This postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded for a one-year period that can start any time between August 1st 2021 and July 1st 2022 with an anticipated extension for a second year. The compensation package includes salary of $65,000–75,000/year (depending on experience), benefits, and a $15,000 one-time research allowance. Applications received by January 1st 2021 will receive fullest consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. A short list of candidates will be interviewed in April 2021.

Application Materials Required:

• Please submit .pdf documents through AJO

• Cover Letter

• Curriculum Vitae: including list of publications, presentations and other research products, teaching experience, and service (related to research, education or outreach) inside and outside your home institution.

• Three published papers or preprints or other research products

• Summary of Doctoral Dissertation: Summary (abstract) (one-page maximum) of your doctoral dissertation.

• Statement of Research: A concise statement (three-page maximum), describing research and other interests you would like to pursue at Stanford, and how a fellowship at Stanford would complement your existing experience.

• Statement of Contributions to Diversity: A one-page summary of your experiences with diversity, equity, inclusion and access in research, teaching, and/or service, and your potential to advance Stanford’s ‘IDEAL’ vision of diversity as a postdoctoral fellow.

• Names and email addresses of three individuals from whom the search committee may request letters of reference.

More information about our Department and the Thompson Fellowship can be found at and at Questions may be directed to

Stanford deeply appreciates the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and defines diversity broadly to include (among other things) diversity of genders, races and ethnicities, cultures, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities, veteran status, and work and life experiences. Stanford Earth welcomes all who would bring diversity of perspective to the School's research and teaching missions.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and consistent with its obligations under the law prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable law.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
Department of Geophysics
397 Panama Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-2215

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