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

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose 
Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards 
(www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc>) 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 
year-long 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 

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(www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc<http://www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc>) for 
more information about the overall Program and about the Rose Fellow selection 

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 
(s...@cornell.edu<mailto:s...@cornell.edu>). Applications for the multiple 
positions available in 2018 will be accepted until September 8, 2017. The 
selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette 
(i...@cornell.edu<mailto:i...@cornell.edu>), 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.

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