Postdoctoral Scholars and Graduate Students

Postdoctoral Scholars and Graduate Students (appointed through Stanford  University)

SIMES offers its graduate and postdoctoral students a unique research and educational experience. Because SIMES is a joint university and national laboratory institute, students enjoy the benefits of both environments. The university provides an opportunity to pursue and develop “blue-sky” ideas under the mentorship of top faculty within their chosen field. The national laboratory affiliation offers work on collaborative projects with scientists from across the globe, in different fields and within complex, large-scale facilities. The combination challenges students to think more broadly than students who are working in single laboratories, and fosters cross-disciplinary activities, often in unexpected areas. The result is often a wealth of exciting problems and materials to explore, with generous resources and within a community of international scientists.

Stanford University currently appoints postdoctoral scholars and graduate students through its schools and departments.

Postdoctoral scholars are recruited by their respective faculty and have terms of appointment from 2 to 5 years. Postdocs generally serve in full-time positions.

Graduate students are employed as research assistants (RA). They may rotate through, and work at, various faculty labs, for terms as short as one quarter or as long as 2-3 years. However, graduate students are restricted to work no more than 50% time during the regular academic year. Departments usually support a graduate student’s tuition as part of their research assistantship. Students interested in RA-ships should see their respective department’s student service coordinators for details and to obtain the appropriate RA appointment form.