Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The IND Postdoctoral Fellows Program is recruiting promising PhD scientists to join the dynamic IND community, which is largely focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and using this knowledge to develop effective therapies. Fellows will design a research program under faculty guidance, working with one or more advisers to develop and pursue interdisciplinary work that can launch an innovative, independent career.

Read about our current fellows


Members of the IND faculty conduct research in various areas, including systems neuroscience, structural biology, chemical biology, pharmacology, machine learning and genetics. The IND is also home to a large-scale drug discovery program investigating therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Established in 1999, the IND is directed by Nobel Laureate Stanley B. Prusiner and is housed in the state-of-the-art Sandler Neurosciences Center on the Mission Bay campus of UCSF. Located in San Francisco, UCSF is ranked as one of the top biomedical research institutions in the world and fosters collaboration with the robust biotechnology industry of the Bay Area.

Applicants should prepare a one-page outline of an independent project that would leverage their skills and the resources of the IND to further our overarching goal of treating patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Apply online here with your example project, along with the following:

     1. Cover letter
     2. Curriculum vitae
     3. List of publications
     4. Contact information for three references

Women and underrepresented minority researchers are encouraged to apply. The University of California, San Francisco, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Read more about the individual labs in the IND:

Carlo Condello
  • Neurobiology of Disease
  • Cell & Rodent Models
Jason Gestwicki
  • Chemical Biology
  • Protein Folding
Lisa Gunaydin
  • Systems Neuroscience

Martin Kampmann
  • Functional Genomics
  • Protein Homeostasis
Michael Keiser
  • Cheminformatics
  • Machine Learning
David Kokel
  • Phenotypic Screens
  • Zebrafish Models
Stanley Prusiner
  • Prion Biology
  • Drug Discovery
Daniel Southworth
  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Machines
Jeremy Willsey
  • Human Genetics
  • Systems Biology

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