NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Comprehensive Anesthesia Research Training Program

Funding Source
Since 1996, the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care has received funding from the NIH to support an institutional training grant (Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32 GM08440) with the purpose of training postdoctoral scholars to conduct research in the broad areas encompassed by the discipline of Anesthesiology.

Goals and Objectives
The primary goal of the program is to provide rigorous training in the fundamentals and techniques of conducting investigator-initiated research in areas of concern to clinical anesthesiologists and the larger practice of medicine. Training is offered in a broad range of clinically relevant areas, spans clinical, translational, and basic research, and includes hands-on research, coursework in grant writing, ethics, and other topics, and other support required to obtain the skills necessary for academic achievement. Courses and seminars are also available in specific research areas.

UCSF has an exceptional commitment to excellence and diversity. We encourage and welcome all qualified applications and particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in the sciences, including underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. UCSF offers reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who would like to discuss potential accommodations or engage in a confidential conversation, please contact Disability Management Services at 415-476-2621.

Program Environment
Trainees will work directly with a faculty of experienced and renowned researchers, all of whom are independent investigators with a track record of mentoring. The mentoring faculty includes both anesthesia faculty as well as faculty in other clinical and basic science departments engaged in research that is relevant to anesthesiology and the perioperative sciences.

Appointment Structure

Trainees will enter the program in one of two ways:

  • In the latter years as residents within the UCSF Research Scholar Track of the Anesthesia Residency.
  • As non-ACGME fellows: This entry point is available to both internal and external candidates that have finished their resident training, as well as to exceptional candidates who hold PhDs.

Fellowship Award

  • The length of the fellowship is two to three years
  • Monthly stipends are determined by the number of years of relevant postdoctoral experience
  • Funding is provided for health insurance under a university-sponsored plan
  • Annual allowances are included for travel and training-related expenses
  • Stipends may be supplemented with departmental or host laboratory resources

Program Structure
The program is structured around four integrated tracks:

  • Critical Care
  • Genomics, Outcomes Research and Bioinformatics
  • Neuroscience, Pain and Addiction
  • Vascular Biology and Bioengineering

Basic, translational and clinical research opportunities with MD, MD/PhD or PhD scientists are available in each of these areas. Structured training in clinical research is offered by the UCSF Training in Clinical Research Program (TICR). It is also possible to obtain a Masters or higher degree in epidemiology.

Trainees will select a primary faculty research mentor, and will work intensively with their primary mentor. They will also have access to and direct mentoring and guidance from numerous other investigators with deep scientific expertise complementary to that of their primary mentor.  

Fellow Requirements
Candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (in possession of a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card, or "green card") at the time of appointment.

Candidates must have received a PhD, DVM, DDS, MD, or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, a CV and three reference letters. 

Trainees will be expected to commit full time to the research training (at least 40 hours per week).

Trainees must attend research seminars and symposia presented by the training program and meet regularly with their mentors, the program director, and the appropriate research track coordinator. Attendance at UCSF courses in biostatistics and the responsible conduct of research is required.

Trainees are expected to have written at least one scientific article as first author, and one competitive research grant application by the completion of the training. They are also required to prepare annual progress reports.

For More Information
Judith Hellman, MD, Program Director
[email protected]

Kate Alfieri, PhD, Program Administrator
[email protected]

T: 415-514-9213