Call for Proposals:

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at the Stanford University School of Medicine seeks an applied science researcher to focus on conducting research related to compassion and healthcare. The ideal researcher will focus on patient care outcomes as they are impacted by the expression of compassion in the healthcare setting. Additional research related to the well-being of patient care providers and others in healthcare settings will be considered, with priority given to research that addresses patient care directly. The Dignity Health CCARE Fellow will write a detailed research proposal for a two-year project to be conducted at Stanford University in conjunction with Dignity Health. The qualified candidate will have a thorough understanding of the science of empathy and compassion and a background in health care or health care organizations, as well as training in multiple research methods and a demonstrated history of research at the level of M.D., M.P.H., or Ph.D. The successful candidate must demonstrate the capacity to work independently as well as the ability to conduct successful collaborative research with multiple stakeholders.

Position Details:

The main responsibility of the Dignity Health-CCARE Fellow is to conduct research that will advance the field of kindness and compassion, in particular with regards to health outcomes and/or in healthcare settings. The Fellow will propose a plan of research and work at Stanford University under the direct supervision of CCARE director, Dr. James Doty and Associate Director, Dr. Emma Seppala. Applicants may additionally wish to work and/or consult with relevant Stanford faculty in their field. The Fellow will provide regular reports on research progression and will aim to submit one or more peer-reviewed empirical papers on the results of his or her research. The position is anticipated to commence Summer/Fall 2015 and is potentially renewable for 1 additional year dependent on progress. The fellowship will cover salary and benefits, which will range from about 40-60k depending on experience. Additional funds will be provided for research.


MD, MPH or PhD with at least 1 year of postdoctoral research work and expertise in fields directly related to compassion research and/or health outcomes of stress and well-being (psychology, neuroscience, physiology, behavior, biochemistry). The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Application procedure:

Please submit your application materials through this link by 11:59PM Pacific Time on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

The following documents will be need to be uploaded in PDF or MS Word Doc format:
• Curriculum Vitae

• 1 Personal Statement (approximately 1 page): Please state your particular interest in this field and why your background makes you a good fit for this position.

• 1 Research Proposal with Budget and Budget Justification: Please describe the kind of research study you would envision conducting as a fellow. Please base this description on your relevant research experience as it ties into the field of compassion and health. Please be as specific as possible. If you would be collaborating with Stanford faculty on this proposal, please describe. Research proposal should be no more than 3 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman Font, 1-inch margins) in addition to a one page budget and budget justification (not including your salary). The 3 page limit does not include references and citations. However, graphs and figures are to be included in the 3-page description.

Note: The top three finalists will be asked for 3 letters of recommendation.

Review Process:

An expert committee of CCARE faculty and staff will review applications. Applicants will be notified no later than May 1, 2015. Stanford is an equal opportunity employer.

For questions, please email Please put “Dignity Health-CCARE Fellowship” in the subject of your email.