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Thompson Postdoctoral Fellowship

George Thompson
The Stanford University Department of Geophysics is pleased to offer a postdoctoral fellowship honoring our colleague George Thompson, in any field of Geophysics, to outstanding scholars seeking training through pursuit of advanced study. Successful candidates generally use the postdoctoral residency as preparation for full-time academic and/or research careers.

The primary goal of our Thompson Fellowship is to support and assist promising scholars develop into independent investigators. Fellows pursue research in their area of interest guided by Stanford Geophysics faculty, and contribute to the training of graduate students in the department through collaboration on research projects.  The Fellowship can provide funding for up to two years of postdoctoral study, and we encourage Fellows to begin to develop their own research portfolios through submission of research proposals with faculty to augment the fellowship awards.

We welcome all prospective postdoctoral research scholars to apply to this program, regardless of field of study within Geophysics.  The fellowship is open to applicants in any area of Geophysics including new areas of research that cross existing disciplinary boundaries, so that students and recent graduates in Earth science, physics, chemistry, biology, or computational sciences with interests in the geophysical sciences are also encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will have her/his own independent research agenda, and will work most closely with one (or more) Stanford Geophysics faculty. We encourage prospective applicants to communicate in advance with prospective faculty mentors.

How to Apply

The Thompson Fellowship is awarded every two years, and annually when funds permit, and provides salary and research support for a young scientist of unusual distinction. We will next advertise the Fellowship in fall 2017 for a candidate, preferably within two years of receipt of the Ph.D. at the time of application, to start in summer or fall 2018.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vita, a statement of research interests, and the names and email addresses of three individuals from whom the search committee can request letters of reference. The position will remain open until filled. Questions related to your submission may be directed to Csilla Csaplár



Csilla M. Csaplár

(650) 498-6877


Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity among its students, staff, and faculty. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.