CIHMID Postdoctoral Fellows Program

CIHMID invites applications for our postdoctoral training program with appointments to begin Fall 2020. CIHMID postdocs are supported to develop independent and interdisciplinary research programs in collaboration with two or more labs at Cornell. CIHMID postdocs will have intellectual ownership of their projects and may use their support to build bridges across different disciplines of study. 

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(Open Dec. 16, 2019 –  Jan. 31, 2020)


**Applicants are required to confer with prospective host labs prior to application.**


Program Overview and Application Details

  • This is a three-year Postdoctoral position, with appointments renewed annually contingent upon yearly  satisfactory  performance, at a salary on the NIH postdoctoral pay scale (, plus full health and retirement benefits. CIHMID postdocs will be provided with up to $10,000 per year in discretionary funding to support expenses such as research costs, participation in conferences, and purchase of small equipment and computers. Postdoctoral researchers in the program will be provided with a variety of professional development opportunities to help them successfully transition into permanent careers. 
  • Postdocs should be affiliated with two or more Cornell labs that can provide infrastructure and access to resources. Applicants should identify a CIHMID faculty member as their Major Advisor, as well as a Minor Lab with which to collaborate. The PI of the Minor Lab is not required to be a member of CIHMID. Collaborative effort with the Minor Lab may range from 10-50% and can vary over the course of the 3-year appointment. CIHMID labs are listed at,
  • The application will consist of: a Cover Letter, CV, plan of proposed research (3 pages maximum, excluding references), a statement of support from all prospective advisors, 2 letters of recommendation that do not come from the Major or Minor labs (to be submitted directly by the recommenders), and a brief statement describing how the applicant will contribute to Cornell’s campus culture of diversity and inclusion. There is no expectation that applicants will identify as members of underrepresented groups. However, Cornell as an institution has an expectation that all members of our campus community support diversity and inclusion, and applicant statements should describe their philosophies and activities in that regard. 
  • It is imperative that project proposals be developed in collaboration with the prospective Major, and Minor host labs. Potential applicants should contact Major Advisors (listed HERE) to discuss potential research ideas. Preliminary conceptions of some potential projects are provided HERE, but proposals need not be limited to the projects listed. Applicants are encouraged to contact any CIHMID member whose research they may find of interest.
  • Applications are due Friday, January 31, 2020. All components of the application EXCEPT the statement of support from the prospective advisor must be submitted through the application portal (, which will become active on, or about December 16, 2019. Contact information for reference letter writers should be entered online and recommenders will be automatically solicited to submit their recommendations. Prospective advisors should email their letters of support directly to CIHMID Director, Brian Lazzaro at
  • Interviews of a subset of selected applicants will be conducted in February and March, and appointment offers will be made in March.



  • Applicants should have been awarded a Ph.D within the last 3 years at time of application, or should be graduating imminently. Applicants must receive their Ph.D. before the postdoctoral appointment can begin. 
  • Applicants who are already established at Cornell will be considered only if they are changing labs or substantially changing projects. 
  • Candidates will be selected based on applicant track record and career promise, merit of the proposed project, and alignment with CIHMID objectives.
  • We encourage applications from scholars who affiliate with underrepresented groups, who come from backgrounds of disadvantage, or who are differently-abled. Cornell is an EO/AA employer.


Questions about the program should be directed here: