Join the Fraser Lab

Our lab welcomes applicants from any race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, caregiver and family commitments, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and eligible age or disability status. Furthermore, we are committed to maintaining a supportive and collaborative lab environment.

Read more about our lab compact and philosophy.

We are always in the market for motivated and talented people, even if we do not have an open position currently advertised. We are interested in engaging with you in a conversation about your scientific background and goals for your future career (in academia, industry, or other ventures). We strive to provide excellent training across a wide range of computational and experimental techniques. If interested please send your CV/Resume to Dr. James Fraser.

Graduate Students

At UCSF, students can apply to a single graduate program and do not apply directly to labs. The landscape of life science PhD programs and their admissions processes can be incredibly opaque, so Hersh Bhargava and I wrote a guide on Applying to Quantitative Biology PhD Programs.

The Fraser Lab participates in the following UCSF graduate programs:

Once students are admitted to UCSF, during the first year of a Ph.D. program, students rotate through ~3 labs prior to deciding on a thesis lab. Our lab is usually open for rotation students every quarter and will generally have room for 1-2 new graduate students (regardless of program affiliation) per year.

As the 3rd rotation period comes to a close, we will talk with the year’s rotation students (at least those who remain interested!) about joining the lab. During this period, we encourage students to keep talking to the PI and lab members about what kind of project they might want to shape. We consider project fit, scientific chemistry, and alignment with lab values. Because we are a member of multiple graduate programs with different policies and timings for final lab decision making, we cannot make any final commitments until the end of the Spring Quarter to ensure all rotations students are given consideration.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Inquiries about Postdoctoral positions should be emailed directly to Dr. James Fraser. We set our postdoctoral fellow compensation to the Stanford rates and encourage candidates to explore applying for extramural fellowships to support their research.

Other Visitors

In the past, our lab has enjoyed having foreign exchange students, interns, sabbatical visitors from academia and industry, and post-bac research specialists in the lab. We are open to other arrangements as well. As we expect people to be fairly compensated for their work by their home institution or by us, we do not have volunteer positions available.

We take high school students exclusively through UCSF affiliated programs, e.g. SEP, BAYS. We cannot accomodate high school students outside of these programs and do not have volunteer positions for high school students.