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, that will complete their PhD by the end of 2021, 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.


New for 2021, Path to Postdoc will be offered quarterly in a virtual format. See below for cohort dates.

Path to Postdoc


Eligible applicants are currently enrolled in a graduate institution other than UCSF, are expected to complete their graduate work by Fall 2021, and are US citizens or permanent residents. We strongly encourage applications from students who self-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 Postdoctoral Community, learn about living in San Francisco, meet IRACDA Scholars
Day 3 – Meet some of the Postdoc Interest Groups

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 meeting. We 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. (Review 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.


Apply to the March 2021 Cohort

Applications Due: February 15, 2021
Notifications: February 26, 2021
Program Dates: March 22, March 25, April 2

Apply to the June 2021 Cohort

Applications Due: May 17, 2021
Notifications: May 28, 2021
Program Dates: June 21, June 25, July 2

Apply to the Sept 2021 Cohort

Applications Due: August 16, 2021
Notifications: August 27, 2021
Program Dates: September 20, September 24, October 1







Contact Anne Sufka

[email protected]


Path to postdoc 2019 cohort
Path to Postdoc at UCSF 2019