Kavli Institute at Cornell Postdoctoral Fellows

KIC Postdoctoral Fellowships are high-profile, two-year postdoctoral positions with significant independence and resources. The KIC Fellows program is designed to attract the best and brightest young researchers in nanoscale science to Cornell University. Previous KIC Fellows have gone on to professorships at major universities around the world. Fellows work in partnership with Cornell faculty sponsors on projects consistent with the KIC mission. KIC Fellows also receive lifetime membership in the Society of Cornell Fellows, along with the participants in other named prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships.

The KIC fellowship provides 50% funding for the Fellow’s salary, plus associated fringe benefits, in addition to an annual research expense account. The Cornell faculty sponsor is required to provide the remaining 50% salary + fringe.

Criteria for Selection

Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, the quality and originality of the proposed research, and its suitability to the KIC mission. All Fellows agree to put the KIC byline on all publications and presentations during their appointment.

A KIC Fellowship application must have at least two Cornell faculty sponsors, as well as the pre-approval of a KIC executive committee member. The executive committee member need not be a sponsor, but they will play a role in overseeing the Fellow’s progress and helping to integrate fellows into the activities of KIC.

Application Requirements: Materials Due November 1, 2020

Submit application packet to kicnano@cornell.edu

  • Candidate CV, including publication list.
  • One-page description of proposed research. The proposal must have a major component developing or utilizing next generation tools for imaging/control at the nanoscale. Names of Cornell faculty sponsors, including KIC executive committee member consulted, must be listed at the top of the proposal. Applicants must confer with their Cornell faculty sponsors before submitting any materials.
  • Letters of support from Cornell sponsors: a single letter signed by multiple sponsors is acceptable.
  • Two additional letters of recommendation (e.g. from thesis advisor, collaborators).


Email Trisica Munroe, tdm68@cornell.edu or call 607.255.2324

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  • Contact

    Kavli Institute at Cornell for
    Nanoscale Science
    420 Physical Sciences Building
    Ithaca, NY 14853
    Trisica Munroe, Assistant Director for Research Initiatives.
    Phone: 607-255-5580
    Email: kicnano@cornell.edu