Join us

Interested in joining the Kampmann lab?

We are excited to welcome new lab members from diverse backgrounds who share our mission and values.

Please read the instructions below carefully to determine the next steps. Due to the volume of emails we receive, we cannot respond to emails that do not follow the instructions below.


High school students:

We currently do not offer research opportunities for high school students. Please consider applying to the UCSF High School Intern program here:


Undergraduate students:

We participate in the UCSF Summer Research Training Program. Please apply through the program:

We can also host undergraduates from local universities for part time research internships. If you are interested, please contact Martin with your resume and describe why you are interested in doing research in our lab.

Staff research associates (technicians):

We are recruiting SRAs both at the entry and more experienced levels. Apply here:

We also participate in the UCSF PROPEL post-bac program, please apply through the program:


PhD students:

  • To earn a PhD from UCSF, you have to apply to one of the UCSF graduate programs. We are affiliated with the following programs:

Bioinformatics​ (BMI)
Bioengineering (UCSF/UC Berkeley joint program)
Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB)
Tetrad (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology & Genetics)

  • We receive many messages from applicants to UCSF PhD programs around the time of graduate school applications. Unfortunately, we cannot respond to these messages individually at this stage of the application process. However, if you are invited to interview at UCSF, please list Martin as one of the faculty you would like to meet, and if he is not on your interview schedule, please reach out directly to him to arrange a meeting or call.
  • If you are already a first-year or incoming UCSF graduate student, reach out to Martin to learn more about potential rotation projects in the lab



We have currently a very limited number of open postdoc positions, and will prioritize candidates who have a track record of independence and leadership, and bring complementary expertise to our lab. Current areas of expertise we are looking for include (among others):

  • Mechanistic cell biology and biochemistry
  • Mouse models of brain disease
  • Development of functional genomics technologies


A typical postdoctoral fellowship in the Kampmann lab takes 4-5 years. Due to UCSF limitations on the total time of postdoctoral training, we can generally not consider applicants who already have more than 1 year of postdoctoral experience in another lab.

To apply for a postdoc position, please send the following information to [email protected], cc [email protected]:

  1. Cover letter or email addressing the following points:
    • What are your goals for your postdoc training?
    • Why are you interested in the Kampmann lab?
    • Briefly outline a potential project you would be interested in for your postdoc
    • What would you contribute to the lab?
    • Describe your track record of independence and leadership
    • Your timeline for graduation, paper publications and starting the postdoc position
    • Contact information (email and phone number) of 3 references. Explain how each reference knows you
  2. CV or resume, including publications in progress (where possible, include a link to unpublished manuscripts)