Open Arc Science Fellows Positions

The Arc Science Fellows program is designed for outstanding early career scientists who are seeking an opportunity to transition to a principal investigator position directly after their doctoral training. To accelerate independent careers, this program provides Arc Fellows with leadership training and full salary and research support for their group.


Arc Model

To further Arc’s mission of understanding and treating complex human diseases, we provide recent PhD/MD graduates with a proven track record of exceptional science with the resources to launch a research group. Read more about the other components of Arc, our Technology Centers and Translation Program, on the Arc Model page and our blog.


Arc Science Fellows are appointed for a five-year term at Arc, with a formal check-in after three years, and are employed by the Institute. Science Fellows will be independent group leaders who pursue research agendas with a combination of innovative technologies, originality, and risk that are unlikely to be supported by traditional funding sources.


Candidates who have completed their graduate training (e.g, PhD, MD, MD/PhD) between 2020 and 2022 or expect to complete their doctoral degree by Spring/Summer 2023 are eligible and encouraged to apply. Individuals who are authorized to work in the US as well as those who require visa sponsorship are eligible. See FAQ for more details.

Scientific Focus Areas

The focus areas for this year’s search include Neurobiology, Immunology, Computational Science, Human Genetics, Chemical Biology, and Technology Development. All eligible scientists in these areas who are excited to engage with Arc’s research mission, organizational model, and scientific community are encouraged to apply.


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


Key Dates

  • Applications due: January 9, 2023
  • Interviews: February - April 2023
  • Anticipated start date: Spring to Fall 2023

Please contact with any questions.



Who is eligible to apply for the Arc Science Fellows Program?

Are there specific research areas Arc is looking for in this program?

Can I apply if I don’t have my PhD yet?

Can I apply if I’m not a US citizen?

Am I eligible to apply to the Science Fellows program if I am currently at an institution other than Stanford, UCSF, or UC Berkeley?


How many Science Fellows does Arc expect to hire?

Who can I reach out to if I have additional questions?


Will Arc be my employer?

How long is the appointment term?

How will my progress be evaluated?

Is this a faculty position?

Will I have an academic appointment at one of Arc’s partner universities?

Will I have a faculty mentor?

Where will my lab be located?

How much space will I have?

Will I have a team?

What administrative and operational support is provided at Arc?

What resources are available at Arc?

What are Technology Centers?

How will I interact with the Technology Centers at Arc?

Which shared resources will I have access to at partner universities?

Will I have teaching and service expectations?

Can I stay at my current university and still participate in the program?

How will I interact with the Core Investigators at Arc?

Is there a possibility to transition to a Core Investigator position at Arc after the Science Fellows program?


How much direct cost funding will I receive?

What is the salary for Arc Science Fellows?

Can I apply for NIH grants?

Can I apply for foundation grants?

Are there any internal institute funds that I can apply for?