Postdoc Positions Openings

The Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics offers several opportunities for Postdoctoral Research Scientists. See the different openings below. 


Postdoc Openings at IICD

The Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics, directed by Professor Simon Tavaré, and the Peterka lab at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist to spearhead a collaborative research project focused on the application and development of advanced optical imaging instrumentation and methods for spatially resolved tissue imaging and -omics primarily in tumors. The postdoctoral research scientist will oversee developing new approaches to image and interrogate the tumor microenvironment with single-cell resolution. The ideal candidate has prior experience with advanced microscopy and optomechanical integration, as well as image processing and analysis. Please contact: [email protected] and [email protected] if interested.

The Simunovic and Azizi labs are jointly seeking a postdoctoral scholar with experimental or computational training in any field of quantitative biosciences, including chemical and biological engineering, computational biology or (bio)physics, to take part in studying the basic biology of signaling, patterning, and morphogenesis in the context of human organ development and disease, including cancer. The broad interest of the Simunovic lab is engineering stem cell and patient tissue-derived organoids that mimic early human embryogenesis, and dissecting the molecular and genetic details underlying embryo implantation, gastrulation, and early organogenesis. The Azizi lab develops machine learning tools for analyzing single cell RNA transcriptomics, epigenomics, and imaging data and applies them to reveal cell lineages and spatio-temporal dynamics in the microenvironment of complex tissues. No specific expertise or experience in these areas is required, although candidates should have a strong affinity for complex biosystems and a desire for experimental biological research. The Azizi and Simunovic labs collaborate on several projects and they are located in a shared wet lab and tissue culture space making the transfer of knowledge and technologies between the two labs seamless. An example of a joint project includes the spatial and temporal single cell mapping of the full differentiation landscape in early human embryogenesis using engineered stem cell-based models and CRISPR approaches. However, the candidate will have the freedom to choose how to use the labs’ technologies to shape their own research project. The labs comprise state-of-the-art live confocal microscopy, stem cell biology and tissue engineering tech, in-house single cell transcriptomics pipeline, and machine learning development. The labs are located at the Columbia Medical Campus surrounded by a highly dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment, with affiliations to several schools and institutes (the School of Engineering, Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, Irving Cancer Center, etc.) that provide a number of meaningful career development opportunities for postdocs. Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds in science and academia are strongly encouraged to apply or inquire more information about our research.

Please email Elham Azizi ([email protected]) and Mijo Simunovic ([email protected]) with your CV and contacts for three letters of reference.

As part of the Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics Postdoctoral Program, we seek up to two postdoctoral research scientists who are recent Ph.D. graduates and who are interested in developing independent and novel research in an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary, collaborative research. While these positions might suit a researcher with some post-doctoral experience, we also encourage applications from recent PhD graduates. Candidates will be mentored by at least two faculty members, at least one of whom should be based on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University, to be identified through interaction with the candidate. 

This request for application is now closed. Please check again in September 2021 for 2021-22 proposal application details.

The Data Science Institute (DSI) postdoctoral fellows are the next generation of leaders in data science. Fellows carry out independent and novel research in an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary, collaborative work.

DSI and the Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for cancer Dynamics (IICD) are actively seeking candidates who are recent Ph.D. graduates and have explicit interests in advancing and/or applying data science to other domains.

We interested in fellows who will support our shared mission of improving the understanding of cancer biology, origins, treatment, and prevention through data-driven methods and processes. We are particularly interested in candidates who will further advance core research in statistical and probabilistic modeling.

Prior experience in data science is not required. We look for candidates with the courage and interest to learn a new field, to be part of a select like-minded cohort of fellows, and to help define the field of data science for the long-term future.

We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.

Click here to apply for IICD/DSI postdoctoral fellowship. Please indicate your interest in the DSI/IICD program within your cover letter.

You can find more information here.

This request for application is now closed.