Columbia University in the City of New York

Postdoctoral Fellows

The Zuckerman Institute Postdoctoral Fellows program at Columbia University provides an opportunity for talented, early-career scientists to pursue pioneering research into understanding how the brain works – how it evolves, performs, endures and recovers. Fellows will be welcomed into the institute's vibrant intellectual community with broad-ranging collaboration opportunities. The Zuckerman Institute welcomes Fellows from a diversity of disciplines and from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The Zuckerman Institute encourages Fellows to carry out collaborative research under the mentorship of one or more faculty mentors and will promote their mentorship in an inclusive learning environment.

Applications are open now through May 1, 2023 with an expected start by January 1, 2024. In-person interviews will be held June 14–⁠15, 2023.


As integral members of the Zuckerman Institute community, Fellows will have full access to the institute's cutting-edge equipment, facilities, space and services: including 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 more.

Fellows will 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. Among them are opportunities to build a network of advisors and connect with PIs and postdocs in other disciplines, special-interest activities (like thematic journal clubs), grant-writing consultation and assistance, trainee advisory resources to navigate both academic and non-academic job markets, and much more. Beyond these institute resources, Fellows will become part of 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 received their Ph.D. less than one year prior to their start date.

Learn more and apply here!

For more information, contact [email protected].

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