Job Openings-BME

The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the College of Engineering at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who can foster a welcoming climate for all students. The University also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Current openings:

  • Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering
  • Postdoctoral Researchers in Engineering the Microbiome: Brito Lab
  • Postdoctoral Researchers: Schaffer-Nishimura Lab
  • Postdoctoral Researchers in Immunotherapy and Cell Engineering: Singh Lab

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. The main campus in Ithaca sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Ithaca area offers a small-town lifestyle with the cultural and culinary qualities of larger cities, including the Moosewood Restaurant known for the first vegetarian cookbook. The climate of the region provides for a range of outdoor activities including boating/sailing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking in summer, to skiing and ice-skating in winter. 

The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering is located in the College of Engineering on Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, New York, with strong collaborative ties to the College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Our global presence includes College of Medicine campuses in Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Current Job Openings

  • Assistant Professor

    Ithaca, NY

    Assistant Professor

    The Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University invites applications to fill a Tenure-Track Faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The applicant’s research area is open to all outstanding candidates. Applicants with expertise in drug delivery, biomaterials/tissue engineering, or systems/synthetic biology with applications in neurology, cancer or infectious disease are particularly encouraged. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in engineering or in a closely related field, with a publication and training record commensurate with growth as an independent investigator.

    Fundamental and applied research, and translational development are supported by an extensive network of centers and institutes including the Cornell Center on the Physics of Cancer Metabolism, Cornell Neurotechnology NeuroNex Hub, Cornell Center for Materials Research, Cornell Nanoscale Facility, Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science and the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences.

    All applicants must submit a cover letter of interest, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, research and teaching vision statements, a statement addressing your commitment to inclusion and diversity in research, teaching and service, and contact information for at least three reference letter writers. Applications must be received by November 15, 2018, to receive full consideration. Application materials must be submitted electronically at Academic Jobs Online.

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  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Engineering the Microbiome

    Brito Lab

    Seeking experimental or computational postdocs interested in engineering the microbiome (Brito Lab)

    The Brito lab at Cornell University's Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering works in the area of systems biology of the human microbiome. The lab is developing new technological methods to capture additional genomic information than what is currently available using metagenomic shotgun approaches. It is also engaged in engineering the human microbiome to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes. The lab focuses on a range of questions from basic science to those more translational in nature, and works with clinical collaborators at Weill Cornell Medicine and the Cornell Veterinary School, as well as collaborations across campus.

    The Brito Lab is looking for talented postdocs to fill two open positions for postdoctoral researchers interested in investigating mechanistic linkages between microbes and human health outcomes. Postdoctoral candidates can have an experimental or computational background, or both. One of the positions will be focused on engineering—any experience with synthetic biology or biomaterials is a plus. There are a range of projects in the lab relating to: clinically relevant populations (i.e. inflammatory bowel and neutropenic patients); environmental transmission of organisms and antibiotic resistance; genetic engineering of bacteria; and international research related to the microbiome. The lab strives on the diverse backgrounds of students and postdocs (e.g. microbiology, biomedical engineering, computational biology and genetics). Start dates are flexible, but could be as early as this Fall or Spring. Interested late-stage graduate students or recently-obtained PhDs, should send Ilana Brito ( a cover letter and CV. Promising candidates will be invited for an interview.

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  • Postdoctoral Researchers

    Schaffer-Nishimura Lab

    Multiple positions for postdoctoral researchers in the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab.

    In the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab, we take a multidisciplinary approach to studying the in vivo cellular behaviors that underlie health and disease. We develop optics-based tools and techniques to enable detailed studies of cellular motion, interactions, and function, all in living animals. These approaches enable us to study the cellular behaviors that drive normal and disease physiology in ways not previously possible, with major research projects in neuroscience and the neurobiology of disease, cardiovascular disease, and stem cell biology.

    We have openings for talented post-doctoral researchers in several projects:

    *Advancing the use of three-photon microscopy for imaging neural activity in the brain and spinal cord of mice and using this approach to elucidate the neural activity patterns that encode limb motion while walking over simple and complex terrain.

    *Developing optical methods to record activity from large ensembles of individual neurons using spectral information from multiple variants of genetically encoded voltage and calcium indicators, with applications in both neuroscience research and neuroprosthetics.

    *Understanding age-related deficits in how the stem cell niche recovers from damage using time-lapse, in vivo, multiphoton microscopy of intestinal crypts through abdominal windows in mice.

    *Using in vivo imaging to study the causes and consequences of microvascular blood flow disruptions in animal models of neurodegenerative disease, with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic approaches.

    The SN Lab fosters a highly interdisciplinary and diverse research environment, with current lab members coming from six continents and having research backgrounds that include physics, engineering, computer science, neuroscience, physiology, and medicine. We encourage applications from researchers with physics, engineering, or other quantitative backgrounds who are interested in learning to apply their skills to biological problems, as well as from researchers with a life science or biomedical research background who are interested in learning to use state-of-the-art optical approaches to elucidate cellular behaviors. Candidates must have completed a PhD in a relevant field by the start date. Positions are available now, but we will have some flexibility for start dates. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Nozomi Nishimura ( and Chris Schaffer ( The most promising candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. 

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  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Immunotherapy and Cell Engineering

    Singh Lab

    Singh Laboratory: Immunotherapy and Cell Engineering Laboratory

    Two new postdoc positions in immune and cancer cell engineering: Candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas, consider applying: #biomaterials, #cell #signaling, #immunology, #cancer biology, and #epigenetics. Email your CV and cover letter to  Candidate will have an opportunity to work closely with collaborators at Cornell immunology and Weill Cornell Medicine. 

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