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Postdoctoral Fellows

The Alan Kanzer Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia University provides an opportunity for talented early-career scientists to pursue pioneering research into understanding the brain. Fellows become integral members of the Institute's vibrant intellectual community and have access to broad-ranging collaboration opportunities. Fellows have backgrounds in a variety of disciplines and are encouraged to carry out multidisciplinary research under the mentorship of one or more faculty members.

Applications are open now with a deadline of December 18, 2023. Expected start date between July 1 and December 31, 2024.



As members of the Zuckerman Institute community, fellows have full access to the institute's cutting-edge equipment, facilities, space and services. These include a magnetic resonance imaging facility, a cellular imaging team with advanced microscopy instrumentation, customized molecular and genetic tools, single-cell analysis capabilities, opportunities to partner with the country's strongest concentration of computational neuroscientists and much more.


Fellows also enjoy the institute's extensive portfolio of scientific programs, including symposia, seminars, public outreach opportunities and events with award-winning artists-in-residence. Also available to fellows are resources for career and professional development and community building: opportunities to build a network of advisors and connect with principal investigators and postdocs in other disciplines, as well as special-interest activities (like thematic journal clubs), grant-writing consultation and assistance and trainee advisory resources to navigate both academic and non-academic job markets. Beyond these institute resources, fellows are encouraged to engage with the wider Columbia University community. The fellowship offers a competitive salary and access to the university's postdoctoral housing.


Strong preference will be given to early-career applicants who receive their PhD less than one year prior to their start date. Fellows from a diversity of disciplines — from groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields — as well as those interested in working on projects across multiple mentors are also strongly encouraged.


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