Postdoctoral Scholars

Be sure to check out these pages on the Rose Postdoctoral Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. All postdocs in our group — regardless of their path to Cornell or their source of postdoctoral funding — are part of this overarching Rose Program.

At any given time, we usually host two or three postdoctoral scholars whose primary home is within our lab group. We also benefit from the engagement of many additional postdocs from affiliated Cornell labs who are part of our lab’s inclusive community of scholars.

Our postdocs have important leadership roles within our group, with a high degree of research independence, the encouragement to pursue innovative and ambitious projects, and many opportunities for research collaboration, training in communication with public audiences, experience in raising research funds through grants and philanthropy, and opportunities for augmenting teaching and mentoring skills. Our primary goals for our postdocs is to leverage their strengths and our expertise to generate scientific outcomes of the highest caliber and to give them excellent preparation and credentials for the next stages of their careers in research and academia.

Postdocs come to our group with at least four forms of financial support: (1) we sometimes have capacity to support an endowed Fuller Postdoctoral Fellow position; (2) individuals with their own outside fellowships (NSF, NSERC, etc.) choose to join our lab; (3) as funding permits we often support postdocs on targeted research grants; and (4) our lab group is one of many potential homes for postdocs selected through the Lab’s annual competitive recruitment process.

Postdoctoral-stage individuals who are interested in potentially joining our group should reach out to me (Irby) for more information. Also feel free to contact any of our current or past postdocs to learn more about their experiences here (see the People pages of this site). I always appreciate getting a complete CV as a part of any initial postdoc query, along with a fairly specific outline of why our lab group, and Cornell generally, is on your list of places to investigate, your ideas about research endeavors you would lead, and any special information related to potential postdoctoral funding opportunities (if applicable).

One of the great things about being a postdoc at Cornell is the opportunity to network and collaborate with an exceptionally broad range of scholars and scientists. Postdocs working in our lab group are particularly likely to be interested in the many cross-departmental opportunities fostered by the Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics (3CPG) and the Cornell Center for Vertebrate Genomics (CVG). Many other resources are available through Cornell’s Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

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