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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Water and Soil Resources
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Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
New York
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Job Description:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive 2-year awards support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellowships are available annually. Awardees join a vibrant community that includes more than 20 concurrent postdocs based at the Lab, and interact with many other scholars and educators across a wide range of disciplines both at the Lab and across Cornell University.

Rose Fellows may pursue any area of inquiry related to the Lab’s mission “to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.” Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a unit within Cornell's University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our 10 mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work.

Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Cornell Lab and its programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication, Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal behavior), Multimedia Productions, and Public Engagement in Science. Activities involving research and/or outreach spanning several of these areas are particularly encouraged, and most Rose Fellows are co-mentored by two senior Cornell scholars. Projects that foster links to people and units across Cornell University are welcomed and encouraged. Of special interest are individuals whose independent research brings new ideas and approaches while simultaneously leveraging the Lab’s tools and strengths in science, education, and communication. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual interest and synergistic projects.


Applicants may apply during their final year as a student, but Postdoctoral Scholars must have received their Ph.D. before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell.


Rose Fellowships span up to 24 months via two consecutive year-long appointments at the Lab. Start dates are flexible.

Appointments provide a competitive salary, standard Cornell health and other benefits, and access to funds for research and professional travel.
How to Apply:

The application package consists of a cover letter, CV, two- page research proposal, PDFs of up to three representative publications, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants may apply during their final year as a student, but Postdoctoral Scholars must have received their Ph.D. before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF file to the attention of Sue Taggart ( Applications for fellowships beginning in in 2018 will be accepted until September 8, 2017. The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette (, Fuller Professor of Ornithology and Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab.