Stanford post-doc in fields of pain, substance abuse disorders, and their intersection

There are currently multiple openings for Postdoctoral Research Fellows and/or Research Association Positions.  Please see the announcements below for more information.


Division of Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Program Description:

The Stanford Division of Pain Medicine Training Program in Pain and Substance Use Disorders is intended to develop postdoctoral trainees’ skills to become independent investigators in the fields of pain, substance abuse disorders, and their intersection.  The training program incorporates required and elective coursework, mentored research experiences, an individual integrated research project, seminars, and exposure to professional development skills, including grant proposal and manuscript writing.  The aim of this program is to develop the next generation of academic leaders in pain and substance abuse disorder to ultimately can better characterize these important conditions and translate discoveries into safe and effective treatments.

The postdoctoral fellow may work with one of 18 primary mentors, spanning 6 departments – Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Psychology. Disciplines in which we offer training include: molecular and cellular biology, optogenetics, electrophysiology, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, neuroimaging, cognitive neurosciences, psychology, pharmacology, and health policy and economics.

Primary and Secondary Mentors include the following faculty: Martin Angst, MD; Ben Barres, MD, PhD; Ian Carroll, MD, MS; David Clark, MD, PhD; Sean David, MD, Dphil; Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD; Gary Glover, PhD; Keith Humphreys, PhD; Kevin Johnson, PhD; Brian Knutson, PhD; Sean Mackey, MD, PhD; Robert Malenka, MD, PhD; Sam McClure, PhD; Doug Owens, PhD; Greg Scherrer, PharmD, PhD; Jodie Trafton, PhD; David Yeomans, PhD

Trainee Requirements:

To be appointed to a research training grant, an individual must be a citizen, a non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a current, valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or must be in possession of other legal verification of such status). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
Trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a MD/PhD, MD or PhD or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Written certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met, prior to the date training is to begin, is acceptable.

The positions are for two years. The successful applicant will interests in developing academic careers relevant to pain, substance abuse, or their intersection.


Application deadline for the upcoming year is ongoing. Applications may continue to be submitted past this deadline for consideration for future years or alternate funding mechanisms.

To apply, please submit this form, a curriculum vitae,  3 letters of recommendations, and up to 5 article reprints/preprints to:

Dr. Sean Mackey
c/o Sara Miller
1070 Arastradero, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304