Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship | Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship | Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Postby cooch » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:00 am

Edward W. Rose III Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose
Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards
( support innovative, independent research by early
career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available
annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant
community of more than a dozen concurrent postdocs within the Rose Postdoctoral
Program and interact with many other scholars across a wide range of disciplines.

These Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship awards support individuals pursuing cutting-edge
scholarship, while fostering intellectual interaction with multiple Lab programs and
Cornell scholars. Any area of inquiry related to the Lab’s mission “to interpret and
conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen
science focused on birds” is appropriate. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn
more about the Cornell Lab and our formal programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population
Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication,
Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal
behavior), Multimedia Productions, and Public Engagement in Science. Activities
involving research and/or outreach spanning several of these areas are particularly
encouraged, and therefore each postdoctoral scholar may be co-mentored by two
senior Cornell scholars. Projects that foster links to people and units from across
Cornell University are likewise welcome. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact
the most relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual
interest and synergistic projects. We are especially interested in supporting the
independent research of individuals who can bring new ideas, approaches, and
connections to the Lab, while simultaneously leveraging our existing tools, data, and
expertise in science, education, and communication.

Each Rose Postdoctoral opportunity spans up to 24 months via two consecutive yearlong
appointments at the Lab. Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds
and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell's University’s College of Agriculture & Life
Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our 10 mission-driven
programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics
and excellence in all areas of our work.

These appointments provide a competitive salary, Cornell health and other benefits, and
funds to help support the Scholar’s research and other professional needs. Start dates
are usually flexible within the year following the application. Interested applicants should
visit the Annual Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition web
site( for more information about the overall Program and
about the Rose Fellow selection process.

The application package consists of a cover letter, CV, two-page research proposal,
pdfs of up to three representative publications, and names and contact information for
three references. Applicants must have received their PhD before beginning their
postdoctoral appointment at Cornell. Application materials should be sent as a single
pdf file to the attention of Sue Taggart ( Applications for the multiple
positions available in 2018 will be accepted until September 8, 2017. The selection
committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette (, Fuller Professor of
Ornithology and Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab.

Edward W. Rose, known by family and friends as “Rusty,” joined the Lab’s
Administrative Board in 1993 and served as its Chairman from 2004 to 2014. Rusty was
a brilliant man who inspired everyone at the Lab, not only through his infectious laugh
but even more by asking tough questions, expecting excellence, and seeking global
impact. Rusty had a deep conservation ethos which he exemplified both in his own
actions and through his support of the Cornell Lab and kindred institutions. He was
among the Lab’s most enthusiastic promoters of early career scientists, and he always
relished learning about their discoveries and accomplishments. Rusty passed away in
January 2016, but his legacy endures in many contexts, including the Edward W. Rose
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program which brings together the Lab’s entire postdoctoral
community. Through the generosity of Rusty and his wife Deedie, together with that of
fellow board members Larry and Nancy Fuller, Russ and Carol Faucett, and Imogene
Powers Johnson, the Lab shall award multiple Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral
Fellowships annually.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our
inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of
larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of
teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global
presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of
Manhattan and in Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on
Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.
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