Postdoctoral Scholars Program

Postdoctoral Positions at the Cornell Lab

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology supports a lively community of postdoctoral scholars. Postdocs come to the Lab in several ways:

Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Program:

Annual Competition

Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded via an annual competition open to any exceptional scholar having a recent Ph.D. whose interests and projects align with the Lab’s mission "...to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, citizen science, and education focused on birds." Two to four 2-year fellowships are awarded annually, with applications due each year in early September.

Learn more about the annual competition and how to submit an application.


Program-Sponsored Postdoctoral Opportunities

Many postdocs are recruited into the Cornell Lab community as collaborators on projects underway in our varied research and outreach programs. Such opportunities arise regularly but unpredictably, and may be funded by grants, contracts, or philanthropic donors. The best way to learn about these opportunities is through direct contact with Lab scientists in your discipline. Also important are any listservs in your discipline that are standard advertising venues for postdoctoral positions. Individual websites of the Cornell Lab’s program areas are listed below. Most program-sponsored postdoctoral opportunities are also advertised on the Cornell University jobs website.


Externally Supported Postdoctoral Scholars

Because the Lab hosts a diverse and welcoming community of scholars, individuals often choose to come to the Lab after garnering their own support from external funding agencies or foundations (e.g., NSF, NRC of Canada). For individuals considering crafting proposals directed toward this option, prior direct contact with a Lab scientist is vital and useful.

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