Cornell University, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-CEE-POSTDOC_MICROBIAL [#25327, GiomettoPD_WDR-00039184]
Position Title: Postdoc_Physics_Microbial
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853-3501, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: microbial ecology / microbial ecology
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/08/22, finished 2024/05/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Postdoc Positions: Physics of Evolving Living Matter

The Giometto lab ( at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) is seeking two postdoctoral scholars to investigate how physical constraints affect evolutionary adaptation of single cells and of dense microbial communities. Research in our lab is curiosity-driven and combines experimental work with model microorganisms, mainly Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with theoretical modeling inspired by Biological and Soft Matter Physics. The scope of the project will be defined jointly by the candidate and the PI to identify a research project of shared interest. Funds for each position are available for three years, subject to satisfactory performance.

We are looking for candidates with either a theoretical or experimental background who are interested in pursuing a combination of theory and experiments, the relative weight of which will depend on the candidate and on the project. The ideal candidate would have prior experience in the lab in experimental Soft Matter Physics, Biological Physics, or experimental Microbiology and Evolution (experience with yeast and/or bacteria laboratory techniques would be beneficial), and hold a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related fields. Most importantly, the ideal candidate should be passionate about research at the interface between Biology and Physics, be willing to learn new skills beyond their expertise, and to be part of a collaborative lab environment.

To apply: Application materials must be submitted on-line through AcademicJobsOnline at

Through this website, applicants should submit a cover letter describing their academic background, goals for pursuing a postdoc and career objectives, in addition to their CV, at least two papers or preprints they have authored along with a short description of their contribution, and the names/contacts of at least three advisors or collaborators who can serve as references. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

The Giometto lab values inclusivity and diversity, actively encouraging applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. For eligible team members, there are specific NIH fellowship opportunities aimed at promoting diversity in health-related research, accessible through the lab's NIH funding. Alongside this commitment to a varied and vibrant community, the Principal Investigator (PI) focuses on the academic and professional development of group members. This involves active participation in formulating compelling research questions, developing robust proposals for fellowship applications, and providing personalized mentoring and networking opportunities.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
220 Hollister Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3501