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 research fundamentals and techniques in areas of concern to clinical anesthesiologists and the larger practice of medicine. Training is offered in clinical, translational, and basic research and includes hands-on research, coursework in biostatistics, grant writing, and ethics, and other support required to obtain the skills necessary for academic achievement. 

Program Environment
Trainees will work directly with experienced and renowned faculty researchers, all of whom are independent investigators with a track record of mentoring. The program mentors include 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. Trainees will select a primary faculty research mentor, as well as an advisory committee comprised of faculty investigators with deep scientific expertise complementary to that of their primary mentor. See the full list of T32 faculty mentors here.

The program is structured around five integrated tracks:

  • Critical Care and Immunology
  • Neurosciences and Pain
  • Omics, Bioinformatics, and Medical Informatics
  • Outcomes and Disparities Research, and Implementation Sciences
  • Molecular Biology and Biomedical Imaging

Appointment Structure
Trainees will enter the program in one of three ways:

  • In the latter years as residents within the UCSF Research Scholars Track of the Anesthesia Residency.
  • As non-ACGME fellows: This entry point is available to both internal and external candidates that have finished their residency training and will do some clinical work (20% effort) during the T32 fellowship.
  • As postdoctoral scholars: This entry point is available to candidates who will do 100% research during the T32 fellowship.

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.

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. Contact [email protected] for more information.
  • 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 mentor, research advisory committee, 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. 

We encourage and welcome all qualified applications to the T32 training program and particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups in the sciences, including underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Former T32 trainees have gone on to successful academic research careers. Over ten alumni are on the faculty of the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care and others have joined academic anesthesiology departments at other institutions, including UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis. Our alumni have a strong track record of publication and have received extramural research career development awards and independent research grants from the NIH, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, International Anesthesia Research Society, and more.

For more information about the training program and to request an application, contact:
Kate Alfieri, PhD, Director of Research Development and Training
[email protected]