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Research Scientist-Physical Science

Requisition ID 82821 Job Code 6280 Grade R99 Employee Status Fixed-Term Schedule Full-time

Job Code: 6280
Job Grade: R99

Term: 100% FTE, Fixed term appointment for 1 year.

Project Description/Role of AS-R:

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the successful candidate will work with multiple faculty, research scientists, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates across multiple departments on the Stanford University campus, UC Berkeley, and multiple Silicon Valley companies. The successful candidate will leverage outstanding resources and infrastructure. Efforts may include development of new hardware, pulse sequences, image reconstruction techniques, and image analysis methods, including machine learning/AI. The candidate will also participate in manuscript preparation, manuscript submission, abstract presentations at conferences, and grant applications.

The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing projects in the lab and will help select, train and supervise junior lab members including post-docs, and students of all levels. The candidate will also majorly contribute to researching and writing manuscripts and grants. The position requires a highly self-motivated, accomplished individual with an outstanding track-record of innovation and success in postdoctoral research and fellowship with a strong publication record. Additionally, the position will require working in team environments.

Duties include:

  • Design research approaches for a major portion of research project(s), including background research, experimental design and execution, problem-solving, and writing up for publication.
  • Develop new protocols; test and evaluate a variety of approaches.
  • Perform complex experiments, and maintain detailed records of experiments and outcomes; analyze and interpret research data resulting from original procedures and methods.
  • Assist with new research proposals and applications for funding and grants.
  • Lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams across different faculties or schools.
  • Prepare periodic progress reports or written reports on all phases of the research project.
  • Contribute substantively to the preparation of papers for publication, especially in the results section. May be a co-author on publications. Present ongoing work and findings to colleagues at academic conferences.
  • Perform ongoing literature review to remain current with new procedures and related research; propose new research directions based on new advances discussed in literature.
  • Formally supervise, teach and train new staff or students as needed (including graduates and undergraduate students, PhD students and Post-Doc), including hiring, performance management, and related duties, in addition to instruction on techniques and consultation on project work.

As an organization that receives federal funding, Stanford University has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement that will apply to all university employees, including those working remotely in the United States and applicable subcontractors. To learn more about COVID policies and guidelines for Stanford University Staff, please visit

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. All candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.



  • PhD degree or equivalent in related scientific field and five years of related experience.
  • Expert level knowledge and skills in field of science related to research project.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance is essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately and record thoroughly.
  • Developed project management skills.


  • Experience in developing new MRI techiques.
  • High performance computing and machine learning skills.
  • Highly organized, and have demonstrated excellence, innovation and productivity in research.
  • Able to work independently and function effectively as part of a team of physicians, students, postdoctoral fellows, and laboratory and animal technicians and staff.

Contact information:

  • For more information, please contact Shreyas Vasanawala (

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

How to apply should be included if posted outside of Stanford employment website. Please direct all applicants to

“Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.”

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