Path to Postdoc @UCSF is a unique program for outstanding senior graduate students (that will complete their PhD by the end of 2020) to be exposed to world-class research opportunities at UCSF or the associated Gladstone Institutes. Students will have an opportunity to interview with faculty research mentors for a postdoctoral position in their lab, give a research presentation to faculty and the UCSF community, meet current postdocs, and experience vibrant San Francisco. Travel and lodging will be provided and arranged for your stay in San Francisco

Eligible applicants are currently enrolled in a graduate institution other than UCSF, are expected to complete their graduate work by Fall 2020, and are US citizens or permanent residents. We strongly encourage applications from students of backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Sample Schedule
Day 1 – Fly in to SFO, evening workshop about how to pick a lab
Day 2 – AM interview, PM interview, evening gathering with program participants
Day 3 – AM interview, free afternoon (or PM interview), evening IRACDA scholar panel
Day 4 – Fly out of SFO

Application Requirements
1. CV with publications
2. Research interests and personal statement addressing how UCSF will enhance your career (1 page maximum)
3. Letter of support from current research advisor
4. List of 5 faculty you are interested in meetingWe strongly recommend that you initiate contact with faculty whose research interests you prior to applying to Path to Postdoc to increase chances of mutual interest. Selected participants will be contacted with guidance on faculty with whom to schedule interviews. (Click this link for a list of interested facutly and some tips to help you get started).

Finding Faculty
Not sure where where to start in identifying faculty to interview with? We have compiled a list of over 100 faculty that are interested in recruiting postdocs here

Important Dates
Application Deadline: February 10, 2020, 11:59PM PST February 2, 2020, 11:59PM PST
Notice of Decisions: February 10, 2020
Program Dates: March 24-27, 2020* (Please note change of dates - originally listed March 25-28 - to accomodate a University holiday)




Anne Sufka
[email protected]

Application deadline has past, contact Anne with further questions.


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