Yale Postdoctoral Positions

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Thank you for investigating postdoctoral opportunities at Yale.  Many faculty do not advertise open positions in their research groups, and you are encouraged to contact them directly to inquire about the possibility of training with them.  Other faculty advertise open positions in scholarly journals in their fields.  Finally, some post job openings on our website, and these positions are listed below.  Please click the links below to read more about each position and to find contact information for applying for the job.

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Postdoctoral Position in the Yale Tropical Resources Institute
Posting Date: June 2017

Yale Tropical Resources Institute
The Lewis B. Cullman Postdoctoral Associate

The Cullman Postdoctoral Associate is a joint position between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the New York Botanical Garden. The objective is to support early career natural and social science researchers to use an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems in the following or related areas of study: Agroforestry and Forest Management, Ecosystem Analysis, Economic Botany, Economic Evaluation of Tropical Resources, Ethnobotany, Plant Biodiversity and Conservation, Social and Policy Processes Affecting the Management of Plant Resources, Tropical Field Studies, and Tropical Silviculture.

The Postdoctoral Associate must work closely with faculty from both institutions and is expected to spend a minimum of 30% of their position at each institution.

Interested parties should contact faculty (F&ES) and research scientists (NYBG) in both institutions to develop a 2-year research program and obtain their nomination.


•             Individuals who have been awarded a PhD degree within the past ten years, or who are soon to be awarded.

•             Yale PhD graduates and individuals already in residence at Yale are eligible.

•             Yale University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Disciplines and Faculty Sponsors

•             The Cullman Postdoctoral Associate supports research on a variety of disciplines in the social, economic, physical, and biological sciences concerned with plants and people.

•             Associates will work under the mentorship of at least one Yale F&ES faculty member and one NYBG research scientist.

•             The Yale or NYBG faculty member will provide office and lab space, and research funds beyond the Associate’s contingency fund.

Faculty pages are located here for F&ES, and here for NYBG.


•             Fellowships will be for a two-year duration, without the possibility of renewal.

•             There is the opportunity to teach a seminar course in the individual’s area of specialization, and/or work closely with one of the F&ES Centers and Programs.

•             Annual compensation is $50,000 plus fringe benefits, plus $2,500 contingency funds. Additional research funds may be available, depending on the research proposal and budget submitted.

Nomination process

•             Nominations must be made jointly by a Yale faculty and NYBG research scientist who must both affirm that they will act as mentors and provide research infrastructure if their nominee is selected. Direct applications are not accepted.

•             The nomination letter must explain how the proposed mentor came to know the nominee, why the nominee is an outstanding candidate, and how and why the nominee’s proposed research will complement that of their F&ES and NYBG mentors, and how the nominee will strengthen research and teaching collaborations between the two institutions.

•             Nominations should be submitted online. Please submit your letter of nomination to tri@yale.edu

•             Nominees are asked to provide the following in PDF format:

•             a 2-page research proposal

•             an abbreviated CV with a complete bibliography

•             Two (2) letters of recommendation

•             One (1) manuscript or reprint of a published work.


•             Faculty nominations are due 31 August.

•             Nominee’s application materials are due 31 August.

•             Awards will be announced on or before 30 Sept. The awardees will begin residency at Yale University at a time negotiated with their respective sponsor.

For any questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact:

Dr. Simon Queenborough
Director, Yale Tropical Resources Institute

Postdoctoral Position in Neuroimaging
Posting Date: June 2017


Neuroimaging of chronic pain and food pleasure

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Geha at the John B. Pierce Laboratory, a nonprofit research institute affiliated with Yale University. The post-doctoral candidate will be examining the neurobiological basis of pain and food pleasure interaction in chronic pain patients. The project uses functional brain imaging and psychophysics of pain and taste.

Candidates should be a new or recent PhD working in neuroscience or a related discipline, proficient in spoken and written English, efficient and self-motivated, and work well in a team environment. Prior experience with neuroimaging and Matlab is a must and prior experience with computational neuroimaging is highly preferred.

The John B. Pierce Laboratory offers a competitive salary, excellent health insurance, and other benefits.

Please send application with C.V., contact information for three references, and statement of interests to pdjob@jbpierce.org.  Desired start date August 2017.

The John B. Pierce Laboratory is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Postdoctoral Position in Hematopoiesis
Posting Date: June 2017

Postdoc position in Hematopoiesis

A post-doctoral fellow/ post-graduate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Manoj M. Pillai (http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/pillai/index.aspx), Section of Hematology at Yale Cancer Center and Dept. of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine. The laboratory focuses broadly on regulation of hematopoiesis with specific emphasis on molecular mechanisms of its regulation. The ideal candidate will be familiar with murine models of hematopoiesis, flow cytometry, molecular biology and cell culture.

Please include a current CV and name of three references in the application, which can be emailed to Manoj.Pillai@Yale.edu.

Postdoctoral Position in Bioinformatics
Posting Date: June 2017

Bioinformatics Postdoc Position Available to Study Stem Cells and Leukemia

A bioinformatics postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Jun Lu and Dr. Shangqin Guo’s laboratories at Yale University School of Medicine. This postdoc will be co-mentored by both Drs. Lu and Guo. Located in the state-of-the-art Yale Stem Cell Center, the Lu laboratory studies non-coding and epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation in hematopoietic and immune cells. The Guo laboratory studies mechanisms of cell fate control using hematopoietic progenitors and induced pluripotent stem cells as model systems. We utilize multidisciplinary tools including single-cell genomics, functional genomics as well as cell biological approaches such as imaging. We seek candidates with strong background in bioinformatics, quantitative biology and/or statistics. Candidates with prior experience in neural networks, single cell analysis and/or with both dry and wet lab background are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree should submit curriculum vitae and names of three references to Dr. Jun Lu (jun.lu@yale.edu).

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and members of minority groups.

Postdoctoral Position in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Posting Date: April 2017

Postdoctoral Associate - Chung Lab

Yale University School of Medicine

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Jean-Ju Chung in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Yale School of Medicine. We study molecular and cellular basis of successful mammalian fertilization and reproduction. We aim (1) to elucidate molecular and physiological changes during mammalian fertilization and (2) to better understand evolution of fertility molecules. One of our current focus is the primary calcium channel of spermatozoa, CatSper, which regulates sperm motility and fertility. We use genome editing, biochemistry, advanced imaging technologies including dynamic live cell imaging, 3D tissue volume imaging, and super-resolution imaging.

Individuals with curious, passionate, and audacious mind with a Ph.D. (or Ph.D. candidates) and background in biology, chemistry, or physics are encouraged to apply. Experiences in mouse genetics, gametes and embryo manipulation, protein purification, imaging analysis, cellular and molecular biology or biophysics are preferred but not a must.

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 jean-ju.chung@yale.edu

Postdoctoral Position in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Posting Date: April 2017

Postdoctoral Associate

Yale University School of Medicine

The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale University School of Medicine, has two Postdoctoral Associate positions open in Radiochemistry and Cancer Biology.  The successful candidates will develop new diagnostic PET and targeted radiotherapeutic agents to predict response to treatment and develop new treatments for cancer.  The ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. at the time of application or be conferred by July 1, 2017, in radiochemistry, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, or related disciplines.  Candidates without direct experience in radiochemistry or small animal research experience but have expertise in one or more of the following areas will be considered: protein, peptide, or organic chemistry; phage display platforms; and tumor biology.  Candidates must have strong scientific problem solving skills, ability to analyze and interpret experimental data, and a solid track record of scientific achievement as documented by at least one first-author publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  Candidates must also be willing to learn new skills and work collaboratively.  Preference will be given to candidates who possess strong written and verbal communication skills using the English language.  This position is a 2-year appointment with the earliest start date of July 1, 2017; an extension is possible based on performance and grant funding. 

Yale is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and members of minority groups are encouraged.

To apply, please forward your CV, a cover letter stating you research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information of 3 references to: Bernadette.Marquez-Nostra@yale.edu.

Postdoctoral Position in Chromatin Dynamics of Red Blood Cells
Posting Date: April 2017

Endowed Fellowship-funded Postdoctoral position 2017

A fellowship-funded postdoctoral fellow position is available jointly in the Hattangadi and Kupfer Laboratories at Yale Medical School.  We are seeking a highly motivated recent doctoral graduate to drive an exciting burgeoning research project involving the chromatin dynamics of terminal red blood cell nuclear maturation. A joint project between the two labs focuses on the role of the gene codanin in the pathophysiology of congenital dyserythropoietic anemia (CDA), a disorder where normal nuclear maturation of early precursors is defective. We also study the role of chromatin dynamics in normal blood development.

The Hattangadi and Kupfer Labs are adjacent to one another, and foster an interdisciplinary and highly dynamic environment, being in both the Yale Cancer Center and Yale Stem Cell Center, and a member of the Yale Cooperative Center for Excellence in Hematology (YCCEH) with access to state-of-the-art technology cores in each of these centers. This postdoctoral position will provide unique training experiences in hematopoietic stem cell development, chromatin dynamics and epigenetics, and innovative imaging modalities.  There will also be opportunities for career development training and mentorship to help the candidate progress to a career as an independent researcher, including collaborative opportunities with other labs at Yale and chances to present research findings at national meetings.

The ideal candidates must hold a recent PhD or MD/PhD degree and be a passionate, highly motivated, team-oriented researcher capable of working independently and communicating effectively in a fast-paced setting.  Candidates should have solid experience and first-author publications in molecular biology, genomics, chromatin biology, or stem cell biology. Preference will be given to individuals with hands-on experience in genomic techniques such as CHIP, CHART, and data analysis. Fluency in English is required.  US residency status is not required, however, a prestigious fellowship funded position is also available for US citizens/greencard holders.

To apply, please send an email to apply.to.hattangadilab@gmail.com the following materials as a single PDF file: (1) a cover letter (no more than 2 pages) explaining your career goals including past projects and future research interests, (2) your CV, (3) contacts of 3 references (name, affiliation, phone, and email) and your connection to them. 

Postdoctoral Position in Russian Studies (Social Sciences), European Studies Council of The MacMillan Center, Yale University
Posting Date: March 2017

The Council on European Studies (CES) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for post-doctoral position at Yale University for AY 2017-2018, conditional on the receipt of budgetary support. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to the study of modern and contemporary Russia from the perspective of a social science discipline (Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, etc.)

All applicants should have knowledge of Russian and fluency in English, and must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. The Post-doctoral Associate will teach one course related to his/her interests in each of two terms, pursue his/her own research, and participate in the activities of the European Studies Council. Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, one-page description of research plans; draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; and two letters of reference. Compensation includes an annual salary of $50,000 - $55,000, depending on rank and seniority of the selected individual, and health coverage.

We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on March 31, 2017 and continuing until the selections are final.

Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities are particularly welcome.

All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/41318.   Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted but signed hard copies should be mailed to the address below.

Ms. Marianne Lyden, Program Manager, European Studies Council, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, P.O. Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206 USA.  Email: marianne.lyden@yale.edu


Postdoctoral Position in Translational Cancer Research
Posting Date: March 2017

 A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Abhijit Patel at the Yale Cancer Center and the Yale School of Medicine (www.patel-lab.org).  Our laboratory is investigating a new class of tumor-derived DNA and RNA biomarkers that are found in the blood of patients with various types of cancer.  We are developing and validating innovative methods to permit ultrasensitive, high-throuput detection of such tumor-derived nucleic acids in the circulation using next-generation sequencing platforms (refs:  Nature Methods 2015, doi:10.1038/nmeth.3311; Cancer Research 2012, doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-11-4037).  This field has seen a recent explosion of interest as clinical applications for these new biomarkers are becoming apparent.  We are creating tools to investigate whether circulating tumor DNA and RNA can be used for monitoring treatment response, for tracking disease recurrence, and ultimately for detecting cancer at an earlier, more curable stage.

We seek a highly motivated individual with an inclination for technology development and an interest in translational cancer research.  Candidates must hold a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree, and have a strong background in nucleic acid biochemistry.  Resourcefulness, creative thinking, and excellent written and oral communication skills are very important.    Applicants with a background in chemistry or engineering might also find our research interesting, and may have the right aptitude for the position.  Meticulous experimental technique is also especially important in our lab.  If you would like to join our efforts to create new diagnostic tools with the ultimate goal of improving cancer outcomes, please send your CV and a brief cover letter to:  abhijit.patel@yale.edu

Selected postdoc candidates will be asked to provide contact information for telephone references. Interviews can be conducted in person or via Skype, depending on geographic constraints.

Postdoctoral position on the Racialization of Islam in the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration at Yale
Posting Date: March 2017

The Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration at Yale University invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Associate position under its initiative to study the Racialization of Islam beginning on July 1, 2017.  The candidate will be expected to be in full-time residence and to teach one course in academic year 2017-2018 related to the interdisciplinary field of Muslim American studies which overlaps and extends several ethnic studies subfields (such as Arab American studies, African American studies, and Asian American studies) as well as disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, history, religious studies, and political science. The search committee will consider candidates who focus on the U.S. as well as those who incorporate comparative and transnational frameworks in relation to the U.S. The Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to contribute to the intellectual life and growth of the Center, to hold office hours for students, and to offer one public lecture and co-organize a workshop. Ideally, the postdoctoral associate will also complete a significant publication during their residency. 

Under the direction of Professor Stephen Pitti, the Center aims to gather students and scholars interested in Ethnic Studies fields; intersectional race, gender, and sexuality research; and Native and diasporic communities both in the United States and other countries.

The successful fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 plus individual health insurance coverage, full access to the Yale University libraries, and shared office space. 

For additional information, please email ritm@yale.edu.

Application Instructions

Applicants should apply through Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/41241) and must include the following:

1.      Cover letter, indicating qualifications and plans for research and writing

2.      Current curriculum vitae

3.      Two letters of recommendation.

4.      A writing sample up to fifty pages in length.

5.      A syllabus of a proposed course related to the racialization of Islam

This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, persons with  disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities are welcome.

Postdoctoral position in European Politics and Political Economy, 2017-18
Posting Date: March 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship in European Politics and Political Economy, 2017-18

Yale University MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with strong economics training and quantitative methods to work with Yale faculty in analyzing regulation, employment practices, and market outcomes for OECD countries. The Post-Doctoral Associate will spend fifty percent of his or her time working on this project and the other fifty percent pursuing their own research.

The fellowship will run for ten months starting on either July 1 or August 1 of 2017, during which time the incumbent will be resident in the New Haven area and ineligible to accept paid  employment elsewhere.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, one-page description of research plans, and have two letters of recommendation sent to Lourdes Haynes (lourdes.haynes@yale.edu). Compensation includes a salary of $65,000, health insurance, and other benefits afforded to postdoctoral associates at Yale https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/benefits/my-benefits-yale/postdoctoral-associate-benefits .

We will begin considering applications on March 15, 2017 and continue reviewing applications until an appointment has been made.

Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, persons with  disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities are welcome.

Postdoctoral position in Biology of Leukemia
Posting Date: March 2017

Postdoctoral position in Biology of Leukemia at Yale University

A postdoctoral position is available (June 1, 2017) to study the role of splicing factor mutations in Myelodysplasia and Leukemia. The Halene Laboratory is located within the Section of Hematology in the Yale Cancer Center at Yale University School of Medicine. We focus on the study of MDS and AML as well as normal hematopoiesis. We employ cutting edge next generation sequencing techniques and in patient derived xenotransplantation models in humanized immunodeficient mice (https://medicine.yale.edu/lab/halene/ ). We have vibrant local, national, and international collaborations with clinicians, basic scientists, and computational biologist and as a physician-scientist lab we favor a patient-focused approaches.

Experience in cell culture, molecular biology, and some experience with mouse models is important for this position. Applicants should hold or a Ph.D. degree and be highly motivated and be able to conduct research independently and also as part of a team. Outstanding writing and communication skills are essential for this position.

Please send your CV, a one paragraph description of your research interests and goals as they related to the study of hematopoiesis and MDS/AML, and names of three references to Stephanie.Halene@yale.edu . Please include “postdoc position” in the subject of your e-mail.

Stephanie Halene, M.D.

Associate Professor

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale University is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral position in Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Posting Date: March 2017

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Carson Thoreen in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale School of Medicine. Our lab is studying molecular mechanisms that control the translation and stability of mRNAs. We have a particular interest in their functions in the maintenance of growth and quiescent states. A position is immediately available to develop new strategies for transcriptome-wide profiling of mRNA synthesis and stability. Creative individuals with a PhD or MD, and preferably a strong background in biochemistry and/or cell biology and a quantitative bent, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a current CV to carson.thoreen@yale.edu.      

Yale University is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral position in DNA Repair and Cancer
Posting Date: February 2017

Postdoctoral opportunity in DNA Repair and Cancer at Yale University.

A postdoctoral position is available to study the roles of aberrant or defective DNA repair in cancer treatment and synthetic lethality (see http://medicine.yale.edu/lab/sweasy/index.aspx and also Mol Cancer Res. 2017, PMID:28074003; Mol Cancer Res. 2016, PMID:27621267; PLoS Genet. 2016, PMID:27513445).  Experience in cell culture, molecular biology, and biochemical methods is important for this position.  Applicants should be highly motivated and be able to conduct research independently and also as part of a team.  Outstanding writing and communication skills are also important for this position.

Please email your CV to Joann.sweasy@yale.edu

Yale University is an equal opportunity employer.

Postdoctoral position in RNA and Cancer Biology
Posting Date: Feburary 2017

Postdoctoral opportunity in RNA and Cancer Biology.

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Nadya Dimitrova, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. Research in the Dimitrova laboratory focuses on investigating the roles of a novel class of genes, called long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in cancer biology. To date, lncRNAs have remained largely uncharacterized but emerging evidence suggests an involvement in a broad range of biological processes and in human disease, including cancer. We select candidates based on their regulation by key oncogenes and tumor suppressors or based on their involvement in cancer processes, such as the DNA damage response, oncogenic transformation, and metastasis. Our goal is to understand how candidate lncRNAs contribute to oncogenic and tumor suppressive networks at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level and how deregulation of lncRNAs leads to cellular transformation and tumor development. At the molecular level, we aim to elucidate the diverse mechanisms by which cis- and trans-regulatory lncRNAs fine-tune oncogenic and tumor suppressive networks by modulating transcriptional and translational pathways. At the cellular level, we aim to understand how lncRNAs participate in the decision-making processes in complex transcriptional networks and what are the consequences of lncRNA activity for cellular homeostasis and stress response. Finally, to bring insights into the vastly understudied contribution of lncRNAs to tumorigenesis in vivo, we are testing how inappropriate expression of regulatory lncRNAs influences tumor development in mouse models of lung adenocarcinoma.

A successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. degree, will be highly motivated to perform cutting edge research and to interact with a dynamic, young group of investigators. Candidates from diverse scientific backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional information can be found at dimitrovalab.yale.edu

Candidates should send a CV, names of three references, and a cover letter with a brief statement of future research interests and career goals to: nadya.dimitrova@yale.edu

Nadya Dimitrova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor ● Yale University

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

PO Box 208103

New Haven, CT 06511

Phone (203) 432 3492

Fax (203) 432 3854

Postdoctoral position in Reproductive Ecology in the Dept of Anthropology
Posting Date: February 2017

The Department of Anthropology at Yale University invites applications for a full-time, two-year Postdoctoral Associate position in reproductive ecology commencing June 1, 2017.

The successful applicant will work in collaboration with Professor Claudia Valeggia and the Yale Reproductive Ecology Research Group on several laboratory-based research projects that address the endocrinology of life history transitions in human and non-human primates.  This position also involves a teaching component. The postdoctoral associate will organize and teach two undergraduate lab-based courses and will train and mentor graduate students in assay techniques.  A Ph.D. degree in anthropology, demography, human biology, public health, or related fields at the time of appointment is required.  Laboratory experience in endocrinology or a related area is also expected.

Review of applicants will begin on March 31, 2017. 

Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. Please see the following link for Yale Postdoctoral Associate salaries and policies (http://postdocs.yale.edu/policies/compensation).

Please send applications to Dr. Valeggia at claudia.valeggia@yale.edu  and provide the following documents as attachments:

·        A one-page cover letter

·        Curriculum vitae

·        Names and contact information of three references

·        A 1-2 page research experience and future goals statement

Information about Yale Department of Anthropology and the Yale Reproductive Ecology Research Group is available at http://anthropology.yale.edu and http://reproeco.yale.edu.  Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.