Finding a Lab and Mentor

The first step in finding a postdoctoral position at UCSF is to identify a lab that matches your research interests and fits your personal goals. Start by exploring the researcher profiles on UCSF's Clinical and Translational Science website. The Postdoc Office also strongly suggests talking to your current PhD program mentors, who may have connections with researchers at UCSF, for recommendations.


Some, but certainly not all, open postdoc positions at UCSF are posted on the website of UCSF's Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD). To search for postdoc positions, visit the OCPD website, and choose "postdoc positions at UCSF" in the drop-down menu under "job type or opportunity."

Once you have determined a lab you want to work in at UCSF, we suggest that you send a letter of interest and your CV directly to the PI. Follow up with an email if you do not hear back from the PI within a week or two. Note that postdocs are not hired through a central office at UCSF, but rather by individual labs and faculty members.

If you are not a US citizen, be sure to look at the international postdocs page on this site.


Photos in first slider (composite) by Susan Merrell; second and third slider photos by Cindy Chew (cropped for this space).