Postgraduate Positions

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Postgraduate positions are short term training positions for recent college graduates who seek research experience prior to graduate or medical school. As with postdoctoral positions, most postgraduate trainees find their positions by contacting faculty directly. Several faculty have posted their open positions below.
Once you find a position, your Yale department will assist you with the hiring process. The visa application process for international postdocs will be handled by your department and the Yale Office of International Students and Scholars. It often takes several months for a visa to be approved, and you should factor this time into your plans for coming to Yale.
Postgraduate position in Cardiology
Posting Date: June 2017
Cardiology Internal Medicine:  Postgraduate associate training positions in clinical research available for 1-2 years. 
The projected start date is June 2017. The lab has several ongoing observational and interventional clinical research studies focusing on better understanding heart-kidney interactions in patients with heart failure. This position is a wonderful opportunity for someone interested in learning clinical research methodologies.
Postgraduates will have the opportunity to interact with both patients and healthcare professionals in hospital, clinic and laboratory settings. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: assistance in clinical data collection, data quality management, recruiting and interacting with hospital patients for clinical studies, performing experiments, developing presentations, biospecimen processing, and reporting at team meetings. There is also an opportunity to participate in manuscript preparation and sub-studies.
Qualifications include completion of the pre-medical curriculum and/or BA/BS in the life sciences. Prior experience in a research lab or hospital is preferred but not required. We seek candidates with a strong desire to contribute to patient-oriented research. 
The lab is composed of a great group of physicians, research fellows, nurses, and study coordinators under Principal Investigator Jeffrey Testani. Interested applicants should send their resume with cover letter to Keyanna Jackson ( and Devin Mahoney (
Postgraduate position in Medical Oncology
Posting Date: May 2017

A position is available for a full time research trainee (Post Graduate Associate) to work on projects involving molecular testing and measurement of immune biomarkers of solid tumors. The position would include patient interaction and laboratory work focusing on characterizing the immune cells in tumor samples using novel methods. The training would entail learning about molecular and immunologic abnormalities and working with oncologists and pathologists to identify unique features in human cancers that may impact treatment options. Candidates should have a Bachelors or Master’s degree. The position is full-time for a minimum of 1 year to start on or after June 1, 2017.

To apply, please email a resume and contact information for three references (email addresses and phone numbers) to Sarah Goldberg at and Kurt Schalper

Postgraduate position in Yale’s Comprehensive Cancer Center
Posting Date: May 2017

Post-graduate Research Opportunity in Yale’s Comprehensive Cancer Center

A post-graduate research associate position is available in Katerina Politi’s lab at Yale University. Research in the laboratory is focused on studying the tumor microenvironment of oncogene driven lung cancers and uncovering the mechanisms of resistance to drug therapies.  This position is ideal for recent college undergraduates who plan to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences and would like exposure to the laboratory research environment beforehand. In this position post-graduates will learn common and useful methodologies that are practiced routinely in a molecular biology laboratory.  Methods include, but are not limited to: PCR, cloning, DNA/RNA extraction, protein extraction, quantitative PCR, and cell culture. The candidate will also have the opportunity to work with and conduct research using genetically engineered mice and perform small animal imaging.  In addition to practicing techniques learned during their undergraduate education, candidates will become familiar with how a research laboratory operates on a daily basis.  Qualified candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific discipline, demonstrate a willingness and eagerness to learn many different scientific techniques, and must be motivated to learn and work independently with complex methodologies. A minimum and maximum two-year commitment is required. Candidates should send a Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research interests and career goals and the names of three references to:
 Yale University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Postgraduate position in Immunity, Autoimmune skin disease
Posting Date: May 2017

Postgraduate position in Immunity, Autoimmune skin disease

A postgraduate associate is sought for a position in the laboratory of a Physician-Scientist at Yale School of Medicine. In this position, the candidate will learn to carry out basic science research to understand how immunity develops in health (vaccination, infection) and autoimmune skin disease. This work involves the use of mouse models, human blood and cellular and molecular immunology techniques. 

The candidate will be trained to take on the following principle responsibilities:
 1. Assist with mouse colony management and genotyping.
 2. Perform immune cell isolation and subsequent characterization of phenotype and functional activities using a variety of techniques including flow cytometry, Elisa and Elispot assay, immunofluorescence histology and quantitative real-time PCR. 
3. Assist with data analysis and interpretation. Attendance at weekly lab meetings and presentation of data generated is integral to the position. 

The ideal candidate has majored in the Biological or Chemical Sciences but lacks a doctoral degree and is seeking advanced training for a defined period of time. Prior research experience is a plus, but is not required. 

Interested candidates should email their CV including three references to Dr. Mary Tomayko, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology at

Postgraduate position in Gender Equity and Policy with the Women Faculty Forum
Posting Date: May 2017
Position of Gender Equity and Policy Postgraduate Associate with the Women Faculty Forum Available
The Women’s Faculty Forum (WFF) is now accepting applications for the position of Gender Equity and Policy Postgraduate Associate. Those interested in gender and diversity in the academy are encouraged to apply.  The position will provide a unique opportunity for career and scholarly advancement in the field, through involvement with WFF activities, and interfacing with women faculty leaders at Yale and beyond. For more information about this position, start date, and application instructions, please visit our website.
Job Opening: Gender Equity and Policy Postgraduate Associate
The Yale Women Faculty Forum is now accepting applications for the position of Gender Equity and Policy Postgraduate Associate. This full or part time position will begin September 1, 2017 and end June 30, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The position will remain open until filled.
The Gender Equity and Policy Postgraduate Associate will:
Support the organization’s scholarly and advocacy goals, which may include data collection, limited analyses, and report/ publication writing;
Facilitate collaboration with other campus organizations;
Oversee the implementation of continuing and new WFF programs and projects;
Produce and develop WFF materials such as the weekly newsletter, annual report
and build our social media presence 
Qualified applicants will be recent bachelors or masters degree graduates from Yale with demonstrated academic excellence, a background in thinking about the role gender plays in social structures, qualitative and organizational skills, and experience working with diverse groups of people. The ideal applicant will also have familiarity with software such as Word, Excel, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and a variety of social media platforms. The working space for this position will be housed in the WFF office, and will involve collaboration with a post-doctoral associate, as well as the WFF leadership (Chairs and Council). Pay will be commensurate with education and experience. Applicants should submit the following to
Yale transcript (may be unofficial);
Undergraduate transcript (if not from Yale);
Names and contact information of two or three references with at least one from Yale University faculty;
A cover letter that includes why you are interested in the position and relevant experience. Applicants should also indicate whether they wish to work full- or part time; 
A writing sample, which could be a term paper, senior essay, Master’s thesis, or published academic paper
Applicants should send their materials in PDF or Word format to Please contact WFF Chair, Paula Kavathas ( with questions.
Postgraduate position in molecular biology and regeneration
Posting Date: May 2017

We are looking for a thoughtful and motivated recent college graduate, with affinity for invertebrate biology, and an interest in learning cutting-edge molecular techniques. The candidate should hold a major in a biological discipline and have experience in a biological research environment. A strong sense of responsibility and a good eye for animal health are essential.

Our work focusses on the dynamics and regulation of pluripotent stem cells, using the freshwater flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea as a model. Schmidtea mediterranea has the ability to regenerate or repair any part of its body, and can even regrow its entire brain. We study the molecular processes involved in this amazing regenerative ability, using molecular imaging, confocal microscopy, single cell RNA sequencing, and computational analysis.

Your responsibilities will include the monitoring of a novel high-tech recirculation system for animal culture and the expansion of the animal colony. Furthermore you will actively participate in the projects developing in the lab and will learn the wide array of techniques involved, including cloning, RNA synthesis, imaging techniques, and cell sorting. We offer you a dynamic start-up environment in which you will have the chance to grow and really make a difference. For more information on the lab, see our website:

The position is for 1 year, extendable to 2 years, and the ideal start date is August 2017.

To apply, send a CV and a cover letter explaining your motivation to Also please suggest a reference who can evaluate your lab experience.

Postgraduate position in the Section of Digestive Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine
Posting Date: May 2017

The Section of Digestive Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine is looking for a Postgraduate Associate or Fellow for a one year training appointment. The position would train in whole-exome sequencing data analysis, confirming human mutation using PCR and Sanger sequencing, RNA Isolation and rtPCR, cell culture techniques, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, DNA cloning, tissue preparation, isolation of liver immune and non-immune cell populations, flow cytometry, and the use of mouse models in human disease.

Postgraduate training proposal:

-        whole-exome sequencing data analysis

-        confirmation of human mutation(s) using PCR and sanger sequencing

-        RNA isolation and rtPCR

-        cell culture techniques

-        CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing

-        DNA (gene) cloning

-        Using a mouse model of human disease, tissue preparation, isolation of liver immune and non-immune cell populations, and flow cytometry

Please contact Dr. Silvia Vilarinho ( for additional information and to apply for the position.

Postgraduate position in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Posting Date: April 2017

Postgraduate Research Associate - Chung Lab

Job Description:

A post-undergraduate research associate position is available in the basic science laboratory studying ion channels and reproductive physiology ( The appointee will assist the principal investigator and work with a post-doctoral associate in multiple aspects of the research project. These include: 1. Genotyping mice carrying mutations in genes that encode sperm-specific calcium channel and other fertility molecules; 2. Performing functional assays and molecular imaging to characterize successful mammalian fertilization and reproduction. The research associate will gain knowledge in gamete biology and skills in molecular & cellular biology, mouse genetics and genome editing, and advanced imaging.


Highly motivated and organized individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree (or Bachelor’s candidates) in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, or Physics with demonstrated academic achievement are encourage to apply. Strong work ethic is a must and past experience in basic science research with mouse genetics or other molecular and cellular experience are preferred.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please send (1) a cover letter that describes what you did, and your motivation to apply, (2) a CV, and (3) 2-3 names of references to Jean-Ju Chung at

Postgraduate positions in the Yale Child Study Center
Posting Date: April 2017

The Yale Child Study Center is a leading institution for the study of human development, from pre-natal neural networks to children and adolescents affected by a wide range of psychiatric disorders and social disabilities. Our postgrad page is regularly updated with opportunities for postgrads to work on basic science in genetics, stem cells, and mice, neurodevelopmental research using multiple imaging methods to observe the brain, data analysis for healthcare quality measures, preschool training, and policy work.

Clink on link below to view current opportunities at the Yale Child Study Center : 

Postgraduate position in Sustaining Family Forests Initiative, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Posting Date: April 2017

Position: Postgraduate Associate, Sustaining Family Forests Initiative, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies 

See details of position here.