Open Core Investigator Positions

Arc seeks to foster a world-class research environment built on scientific curiosity, a deep commitment to truth, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our Core Investigators are innovative pioneers fully funded by the Institute to pursue their very best ideas. We currently have open searches focused on the areas of neurobiology, immunology and computational science.

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Arc Model

Our Core Investigators are provided with no-strings-attached, multi-year funding as well as cutting-edge scientific and infrastructure support to enable high-risk, high-reward science. Read more about the other components of Arc, our Technology Centers and Translation Program, on the Arc Model page and our blog.


Core Investigators are appointed for eight-year renewable terms at Arc. Core Investigators are employed by Arc and may have a faculty appointment at one of our university partners (Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley). All Core Investigators are guaranteed 75% protected research time.


Current faculty at all career stages as well as postdocs who plan to transition to independence in 2023 are encouraged to apply, and Arc is excited about the opportunity to support scientists at early career stages (~10 years since terminal degree). Individuals who are authorized to work in the US as well as those who require visa sponsorship are eligible to apply.

Scientific Focus Areas

The focus areas for the three currently open positions in this search are Neurobiology, Immunology, and Computational Science. All scientists in one of these areas who are excited to engage with Arc’s research mission, organizational model, and scientific community are encouraged to apply. Scientific focus areas will change for future calls for applications.


Application materials include: Cover letter, CV, research statement of past and proposed work, a description of the applicant’s contributions to their 3 most significant publications, and three letters of reference*. Details are available in the FAQ and application submission portal.


Key Dates

  • Application review begins on January 9, 2023. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the January 31, 2023 deadline.
  • Interviews: February - April 2023
  • Anticipated start: Spring to Fall 2023

Please contact with any questions.



Who is eligible to apply?

Can I apply if I’m not a US citizen?

Am I eligible to apply for a Core Investigator position if my current faculty or postdoc position is at an institution other than Stanford, UCSF, or UC Berkeley?


What should be included in the research plan?

Is there a specific format for the CV?

Is a budget required for the application?

Are letters of reference required for all applications?

Should I still apply if my research is outside the focus areas?

How often will you be opening core faculty searches?

How many Core Investigators does Arc expect to hire?

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?


Who will be my employer?

Which university partner will I be appointed to?

Do I have to have a faculty appointment at one of Arc’s university partners (Stanford University, UCSF, or UC Berkeley)?

What’s the term of the appointment?

What is the relationship between Arc and its university partners?

Is there tenure at Arc?

How will promotion decisions be made for Core Investigators?

Can I have PhD students in my lab?

Can I access University resources even if I don’t have an appointment there?

What are the technology centers at Arc?

Where will my lab be located?

Are all the Arc Core Investigators located in the same space?

How does intellectual property (IP) work at Arc?

What resources are available at Arc?

What are Arc’s employee benefits offerings?

Are there teaching expectations at Arc?

What are the service expectations at Arc?

If I have an existing appointment at an Arc partner university, will I be able to keep it?

Can I continue to collaborate with faculty at other universities (outside the current university partners)?

What administrative and operational support is provided at Arc?

How many people are at Arc currently and how many Core Investigators are you planning to hire in the coming years?


How much funding will I receive?

Am I expected to apply for grants?

If I already have NIH or other federal grants, can I keep them?

Will I be eligible for foundation grants?