Core Investigators

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 provided with no-strings-attached, multi-year funding as well as cutting-edge scientific and infrastructure support to enable high-risk, high-reward science. They are innovative pioneers enabled to pursue their very best ideas.

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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 eligible to serve as Core Investigators, 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.

Scientific Focus Areas

The focus areas for our initial search were Neurobiology, Immunology, and Computational Science. Scientific focus areas may change for future calls for applications.



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?

What is the salary for Arc Core Investigators?