Cornell University, Cornell Center for Material Research

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Center for Material Research-CURES [#24050]
Position Title: Cornell University Research Excellence Scholars (CURES)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Materials Science / Engineering
Salary Range:63,000
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2022/12/21)
Position Description:    

Cornell University Research Excellence Scholars (CURES)

Cornell University Research Excellence Scholars (CURES) are prestigious postdoctoral research positions with significant independence and resources to attract some of the world’s best young scholars to interact deeply with Research Centers within the Research Division on Cornell’s campuses, with an initial pilot with the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR).

Successful candidates will focus their efforts on research aligned with the center and/or their career goals. Candidates may choose to spend up to 20% of their time on associated efforts such as DEIA, outreach and/or teaching. They will have access to the full range of expertise and considerable resources available at Cornell, and will be encouraged to interact broadly with the Cornell intellectual community, in their postdoctoral research  and to advancing DEIA. Up to two Scholars will be awarded in the first year. 


Recent PhD graduates who contribute to Cornell’s core value of improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) who have research interests aligned with participating Cornell Centers are eligible for this program. 

  • Candidates should be no more than three years past the award date of their doctoral degree on the date of the application deadline. Exceptions may be made for career-life balance considerations.
  • Appointments are for up to two years, dependent on a positive annual evaluation.
  • The stipend for appointments in the 2022-2023 year will be $63,000 plus full Cornell University endowed employee fringe benefits. Each Scholar also will be provided $5,000 annually for discretionary research and associated expenses including travel.
  • An extension beyond two years may be made with the support of the center. 

For an application to receive full review, candidates are required to have two sponsors from the faculty members of participating centers. Interested individuals can contact any participating center faculty member(s), i.e. research, assistant, associate or full professor, who, if agreeable to serve as the lead sponsor(s), will endorse the candidate’s application.

A research professor or tenure track assistant professor may serve as a primary sponsor only if a tenured professor serves as secondary sponsor. Cornell faculty may only sponsor one postdoctoral candidate application (as primary sponsor). Sponsorship by a faculty member requires confirmation from a center director of a shared commitment to fund the postdoc by the affiliated center.

Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the candidate, including the strength of their statement describing their contributions to promoting core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, their ability to be an ambassador for Cornell University, and the quality and originality of the proposed research and its potential impact. Review and ranking of applications will be performed by a representative faculty committee, and decisions are expected on a rolling basis.

How to Apply:

Please visit to review application requirements and to apply. 

Deadline for all materials: The first of each month at 5 p.m. until all positions are filled. Late applications will be considered at the next deadline. 

A preference may be given to U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

If you have other questions or comments, please contact:

Cornell University Research Excellence Scholars (CURES)
Office of Sponsored Programs
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850



This material is partially based on work supported by the National Science Foundation, while working at the Foundation. Any opinion, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material; are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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