Path to Postdoc

Considering a Postdoc at UCSF?

Path to Postdoc at UCSF is a unique program for outstanding senior graduate students with backgrounds in the biomedical and health sciences, who will complete their PhD by the end of 2022, to be exposed to world-class research communities at UCSF and 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 a slice of postdoctoral life at UCSF.

Path to Postdoc will be offered quarterly in a virtual format. See cohort dates below.

Path to Postdoc

Application and Deadlines


March 2022 Cohort

Applications Now Due: March 14, 2022
Program Dates: March 21-22, 2022

June 2022 Cohort

Applications Due: June 13*, 2022
Program Dates: June 27-28*, 2022

*updated dates for June program

September 2022 Cohort

Applications Due: September 5, 2022
Program Dates: September 19-20, 2022


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Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate institution other than UCSF and are expected to complete their graduate work by fall 2022. They must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We strongly encourage applications from students who identify as being from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Programming Schedule

Day 1 – Welcome workshop, Using the Interview to Assess a Lab's Culture, presented by UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development
Day 2 – Engage with the UCSF postdoc community, learn about living in San Francisco, meet IRACDA scholars

Application Requirements

1. CV with publications
2. Research interests and personal statement addressing how UCSF will enhance your career (one page maximum)
3. Letter of support from current research advisor
4. List of five faculty you are interested in meeting. We strongly recommend that you initiate contact with faculty whose research interests match yours prior to applying to Path to Postdoc. Selected participants will be contacted with guidance on faculty with whom to schedule interviews. (Review a list of interested faculty 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 who are interested in recruiting postdocs.





Contact Anne Sufka

[email protected]


Path to postdoc 2019 cohort
Path to Postdoc at UCSF 2019