Stanford University, Stanford Science Fellows

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Position ID:Stanford-Stanford Science Fellows-SSF [#14417]
Position Title: Stanford Science Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Stanford, California 94305, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Statistics
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Appl Deadline:2019/11/01 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2019/09/03, finished 2020/05/03, listed until 2020/03/03)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

Stanford University
Stanford Science Fellows

The Stanford Science Fellows program is focused on incubating new directions in foundational scientific research by an interdisciplinary community of independent postdoctoral scholars from around the world, driven by a sense of wonder about the natural world.

The goals of the Stanford Science Fellows program are:
  • To deepen our understanding of the natural world by advancing and bridging disciplines in the physical, mathematical, and life sciences.
  • To provide opportunities for exceptionally qualified early-career scientists to develop academic leadership skills focused on fostering scientific discovery, developing interdisciplinary approaches to foundational scientific research, and broadening science communication skills.
  • To recognize and support scholars who bring a diversity of perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, including those from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.
  • To build community at Stanford around frontier research challenges.
  • To provide flexibility and resources to bold, independent thinkers to pursue their own scientific research visions.
Stanford University offers a wide range of opportunities for scientists whose curiosity will drive foundational research forward and make them leaders in the academy. Stanford’s top-ranked science and engineering departments, as well as many interdisciplinary laboratories and research institutes, are situated in close proximity on the same campus.

As independent postdoctoral scholars, Stanford Science Fellows will have opportunities to work with multiple faculty and use facilities within Stanford’s Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Earth, as well as at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The program will include community-building activities to foster career development and leadership skills, and workshops, seminars, informal lunches and dinners, and discussions with Stanford faculty and visitors on current topics throughout the natural sciences.

Stanford Science Fellowships are intended for exceptional early-career scientists with great promise who have recently been awarded their Ph.D (within three years of starting fellowship, but with no more than two years of prior postdoctoral experience) or will be awarded their Ph.D by the start of the fellowship (between July 1 and September 1, 2020) who intend to pursue experimental and/or theoretical research in any natural science discipline. Fellows will hold primary appointments in an academic unit in any participating school appropriate to their research interests.

Successful candidates will have a strong record of scientific achievement, clear intellectual drive to advance scientific understanding, and a commitment to engage collaboratively with a diverse community of scholars and transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Candidates will be evaluated by a committee of Stanford faculty from departments across the natural sciences.  Each applicant is encouraged to use their research statement to identify faculty members with whom they wish to collaborate. Each fellow will participate in one or more faculty research groups. Members of the fellows selection committee will assist in establishing those relationships. The selection process includes interviews with the most promising candidates identified by review of application materials.

The following materials are required for the application:
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications, full legal name, contact information, and (expected) date of PhD, which must be received by the start of the fellowship.)
  • Three letters of recommendation; one letter from the candidate’s PhD advisor is advised.
  • A statement (up to 2 pages) about the candidate’s career goals, relevant experience, and how the candidate would contribute to the goals of the Stanford Science Fellows Program
  • A research statement (up to 2 pages) addressing the following questions:
    • What is the research problem?
    • What could be accomplished on a 3- to 5-year timescale?
    • How can Stanford enable these accomplishments?

Stanford University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. It welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research and teaching mission. International applications are welcome.

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

Further Info:
Stanford Science Fellows Program
School of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford University
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 1
Stanford, CA 94305-2070

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