Kavli Institute at Cornell Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application review began October 14, 2022. Successful candidates will be announced as they are selected.

The below details are provided for informational purposes only; the 2022 application cycle is closed.

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.

While KIC’s primary fellowships are for experimentalists, we encourage theorists to apply for our joint Bethe/Wilkins/KIC Theory Postdoc Fellowship.

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 Materials Required:

Submit your complete application packet to kicnano@cornell.edu

A complete application packet in .pdf format contains:

  • One-page description of the proposed research, including:
    • Descriptive title.
    • List of faculty sponsors at Cornell, including KIC Executive Committee member.
    • Description of a major component developing or utilizing next-generation tools for imaging/control at the nanoscale.
  • Candidate CV, including list of publications.
  • Letter(s) of support from Cornell sponsors; one letter signed by multiple sponsors is acceptable.
  • Two additional letters of recommendation (e.g., from thesis advisor, collaborators).


Email Bethany Dixon (bd383@cornell.edu).