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Postdoctoral Research

CSHL has long been recognized as a place for nurturing young scientists, with postdoctoral researchers being an integral part of the discovery process. The Laboratory’s postdoctoral fellows work in the labs of Principal Investigators, who conduct research withing five areas—cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, quantitative biology and bioinformatics and genetics—in a very synergized and interactive way.

The collaborative environment at the Laboratory is further enhanced by its Meetings & Courses program, which annually brings over 11,000 scientists from all over the world to the campus. The ability to meet with visiting scientists offers a unique opportunity for our postdocs to broaden their scientific knowledge and to network. Additionally, as part of our weekly seminar series, our postdocs are invited to meet informally with speakers over lunch.

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Please refer to the Laboratory’s faculty list to determine whose work is most in line with your research interests and write to that investigator. Email addresses are provided on scientists’ pages. Please send a letter of introduction and a copy of your Curriculum vitae to the scientist in whose work you are interested. A listing of currently available positions is posted on our Human Resources website.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

NCI training program

CSHL is one of 60 institutions funded by the Cancer Centers Program of the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI). Since 1978, an NCI training grant has supported approximately 100 postdocs, many of whom have highly successful careers in cancer research. The NCI training program, which focuses on basic cancer research, is a distinct and unique part of the Laboratory’s overall program of postdoctoral training.

Scientific Resources

Funding from the NCI supports Shared Research Resources at the Lab, which provide access to state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

An Information Technology Department provides computer support.

Stipends and Fellowships

Postdoctoral researchers at CSHL receive competitive stipends and an attractive benefits package. Postdoctoral fellows also typically apply for salary support from government agencies or private foundations. The Postdoc Program Office offers assistance in identifying and applying for fellowships. Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research, as mandated by NIH guidelines for NRSA and training grant recipients, is provided to all postdoctoral fellows.


All postdocs are eligible for benefits, regardless of their source of funding. These benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance.

Postdocs are eligible for housing and relocation supplements and are enrolled after two consecutive years of fulltime employment in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory retirement plan.

CSHL also has an excellent and affordable, licensed, on-site childcare center.

An additional benefit to postdocs at CSHL is the paid first year membership to the New York Academy of Science. This membership allows postdocs access to all Academy meetings, their informational website and to the New York Science Alliance for Graduate Students and Postdocs (Science Alliance), a program that brings scientific, career-related, social and cultural events to the students and postdocs in the greater New York area.


The Postdoctoral Program Office provides support and offers educational and career development programs for current and arriving postdocs. The Program’s administrator can be reached at CSHL has an active Postdoc Liaison Committee (PDLC) whose purpose is to represent the interests of the CSHL postdoctoral community. All CSHL postdocs are welcome and encouraged to attend PDLC forums and events.