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Postdoc Jobs at URMC

For those interested in a postdoc position, the UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement Program is an opportunity to enhance the faculty recruitment pipeline and establish meaningful connections with early career scholars. This two-day program serves as a career advancement opportunity for graduate students nearing the completion of their studies, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty. Early career scholars of diverse backgrounds nationwide (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) will gain great insight about research and teaching opportunities at the University of Rochester Medical Center, while exploring career and academic advancement. There is no cost to participants; travel and accommodation stipends are available. Scholars who participate in the program are strongly encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowships at the university.

  •  Application deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  •  UR Stars program dates: November 11-13, 2018

Please contact Ashley N. Campbell, Director of Diversity Programming with any questions.

This page lists some of the postdoctoral positions currently available at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. This list is not comprehensive as many principal investigators advertise available postdoctoral positions in scholarly publications and on the internet. Additionally, many principal investigators do not advertise their postdoctoral positions, preferring to meet with potential postdocs at professional meetings or in response to presentations.

  • To find out more about a postdoctoral position, please email or call the listed contact.
  • To learn more about working at the URMC, visit our online Trainee Handbook.
  • To post a postdoctoral position here, email Damaris Cruz with the position details.
Date Added Contact Department Description

Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D

Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology Division

Position: A postdoctoral position is available in the Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology Division of the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester. We are particularly interested in a postdoctoral candidate with research experience in flow cytometry, molecular biology, and RNA sequencing. The research project will focus on the role of B cells in the autoimmune diseases lupus and rheumatoid arthritis with a focus on the pathways that lead to aberrant B cell activation and promotion of plasma cell differentiation and autoreactive plasma cell survival. One of the goals is to evaluate the signals in the bone marrow that promote autoreactive plasma cell generation and survival, as well as the effects of a novel class of drugs which selectively inhibit nuclear pore export (SINEs). We hypothesize that SINE compounds inhibit NFkb survival signaling in human BM plasma cells and pathogenic cytokine production (including IL6 and IFN-α) for maintenance of the plasma cell niche. We are also interested in how abnormal B cell activation promotes bone loss in these autoimmune diseases. This position is available immediately.

Full AIR Position Description

8/9/2018 Kavaljit Chhabra

Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

The Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, at the University of Rochester is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work in Dr. Kavaljit Chhabra’s lab. A major focus of the Chhabra lab is to determine how the brain regulates blood glucose levels in health and diabetes using mouse models. The Chhabra lab uses a multidisciplinary approach in mice and in vitro models   to identify mechanisms that control glucose transport by the brain in health and diabetes.

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8/1/2018 Paige Lawrence Environmental Medicine

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position on environmental influences on immune stem and progenitor cells is available in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. The lab focuses on discerning how environmental factors shape the development and function of the immune system. Research in this postdoctoral position will examine how a transcriptional regulator called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) controls hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) proliferation, quiescence, and the generation of lineage committed progeny. Dedicated individuals with an inquiring mind and a background in immunology, stem cell biology, or biochemical toxicology are encouraged to apply. Experience with cellular and molecular biology, mouse genetics, imaging analyses, and/or epigenetics is preferred.

Full Environmental Medicine Post-doctoral Research Position

7/5/2018 Elva Mikk Wilmost Cancer Institute

The newly established Laboratory of Cancer Genomics in the Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center is seeking productive and highly motivated individuals interested in cancer epigenetics/genomics. Current studies make use of molecular genetic and genomic approaches to understand epigenetic control of transcription and its role in phenotypic plasticity, intratumor heterogeneity and the emergence of invasive or drug resistant properties. Translational epigenomics studies in human cancers are focusing on defining epigenomic/genomic signatures associated with environmental exposures and patient outcomes with the goal of identifying novel routes for cancer therapy.

Full Cancer Genomics Lab Position Description

Andrew Wojtovich


A post-doctoral fellowship is available at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Wojtovich. The project is funded by a grant from the US National Institutes of Health and will study the roles of Reactive Oxygen Species in mitochondrial physiology and stress signaling using optogenetic approaches. The laboratory uses a broad range of methodologies that offers the opportunity for training in multiple disciplines.

The ideal candidate has a background in biochemistry, physiology, genetics, neurobiology or related field. Research experience with C. elegans and/or mitochondria is preferred. Candidates are required to have at least one first author publication and be independently motivated with excellent written and oral communication skills.

Full Wojtovich Lab Position Description


Deborah Ossip, PhD

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is seeking outstanding candidates for a new Population Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. The position will begin August 16th, 2018 and is fully funded for a one-year period. The goal of this Fellowship is to produce a cadre of interdisciplinary researchers, trained in team science and competency-based skills, who can conceptualize research across the translational continuum from basic research through population health. Fellows will choose one of three research tracks: Electronic Health Record as a Resource for Research; National, Regional and Local Database Analytics; or Population Health Behavior Change.

Full CTSI Position Description

4/18/2018 PJ Simpson-Haidaris, PhD Research

This unique mentored postdoctoral research training program combines research training at the University of Rochester (UR) with instruction in critical academic skills, including experiential training in teaching at our partner institution, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and other Colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with the goal to diversify the nation’s workforce by including Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists. For more information about eligibility and identifying prospective research mentors that align with your research interests and career goals visit

Full Position Description

4/6/2018 Sally Thurston  Biostatistics and Computational Biology

The Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology announces an opening for a postdoctoral traineeship in Environmental Health (EH) Biostatistics, funded by an NIEHS T32 training grant. The appointee will develop and apply novel statistical methodology for projects related to EH, under the mentorship of Dr. Sally W. Thurston and/or another Biostatistics faculty trainer. The specific methodological focus may be based in part on the trainee’s interests, and will involve co-mentorship from a leading environmental health researcher. The appointee will also receive training in advanced biostatistics and in toxicology, and be involved in other collaborative work with EH researchers.

Full Postdoctoral Position Description

2/1/2018 Ruchira Singh Stem Cell and Disease Modeling Laboratory

A NIH funded postdoctoral position is available in the Stem Cell and Disease Modeling Laboratory at University of Rochester to study the role of extracellular matrix (ECM) alterations in macular degeneration. The specific focus of this project would include matrix metalloproteinase activity and regulation, ECM turnover and its impact on the function of retinal pigment epithelium and retinal pigment epithelium-vascular interaction.

Full Singh Lab Postdoctoral Position Description

2/1/2018 Catherine Ovitt Center for Oral Biology

Postdoctoral position available.

NIH funded postdoctoral fellowship position is available to study Tissue Homeostasis and Regeneration in salivary and lacrimal gland.

Current research projects include:  the molecular and cellular basis of radiation damage and radioprotective strategies for the salivary glands; development of a bioengineered tissue chip for in vitro drug screening of
salivary gland cells; mechanisms of aging and senescence in the glands;  and cell-based therapies for salivary gland dysfunction.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and/or an, and have less than five years postdoctoral experience. Preference will be given to individuals with expertise in genetics, animal models, stem cells, developmental biology, and molecular biology. 

Application, including cover letter, CV, and names of three references should be submitted to: Dr. Catherine Ovitt

Postdoctoral Position in Ovitt Lab

1/11/2018 Robert Quivey Center for Oral Biology

NIH funded Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available to study the pathophysiology of the oral bacterium Streptococcus mutans. Areas of interest include stress adaptive mechanisms, interaction with other oral microbial species, interaction with the oral yeast Candida albicans, or the development of new therapeutic approaches to prevent the initiation/advancement of dental caries.

Priority will be given to candidates with a recent PhD degree and experience in microbial cultivation, bacterial genetics, and elucidation of molecular pathways. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible as this is a NRSA funded position.

Please submit your application including a cover letter, CV, and names of three references to: Dr. Robert Quivey

1/10/2018 Wei Hsu, PhD Biomedical Genetics

Morphogenetic Signaling Network in Development and Disease

NIH funded Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available to study Morphogenetic Signaling Pathways in Development and Disease. Areas of interests include craniofacial morphogenesis, skeletal development, neural development and degeneration, congenital deformities. Projects focus on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying development of lineage-specific stem/progenitor cells, tissue repair and regeneration, and stem cells-based therapies. Priority will be given to candidates with recent PhD degree and experience in developmental genetics, stem cell biology, skeletal development and disease. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible as this is a NRSA funded position.

Full Hsu Lab Postdoctoral Position Description

1/4/2018 Juilee Thakar, PhD Microbiology and Immunology

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in quantitative fields including statistics, mathematics and physics, and strong programming skills. Good understanding of Immunology is preferable but not required. The candidate should have experience in analyzing high-throughput genomic datasets.

Full Thakar Lab Postdoctoral Position Description

12/19/2017 David Topham Microbiology and Immunology

A postdoctoral position in influenza virology and immunology is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. David Topham in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, at University of Rochester, NY. The position requires a PhD in a relevant field, and less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience. We encourage intellectual development through mentoring, and would support a path towards becoming an independent investigator. The position is available for 12 months initially with the possibility of renewal for one or more years, depending on the performance.

Full Influenza/RNA Virologist Postdoctoral Position Description

12/19/2017 Neurology

Position: Clinical Research Fellowship in Global Health (2 years) The University of Rochester Department of Neurology seeks a physician interested in developing a clinical research career addressing health conditions contributing substantially to the neuropsychiatric burden of disease in resource limited, tropical settings. Projects associated with the Fellowship involve both children and adults in sub-Saharan Africa and conditions under study include epilepsy, malaria, HIV and neuroinfectious diseases common in this setting. Expertise in clinical epidemiology, clinical trials and regulatory science will be further developed as part of this fellowship which will also include substantial work in the field with hands on clinical care and medical education embedded within clinical research activities.

Applicants should be physicians who have completed a residency in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Child Neurology, Psychiatry or Family Medicine who can obtain medical licensure in New York and the host African countries. It is anticipated that the fellowship will require several months working internationally. Interested candidates should forward their CV, a letter of interest and the names of 3 references to

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer

12/19/2017 Rashid Deane Department of Neuroscience

Position: Rashid Deane at the University of Rochester School of Medicine seeks an enthusiastic and skilled researcher to join our team. The post-doctoral position is NIH funded. Projects involve using MRI and fluorescence (NR) imaging the brains of mice (Alzheimer’s disease model) in vivo, analyzing brain section and samples (fluorescence, ELISA and Western blots). Methods include but not limited to analysis of CSF and ISF distribution of macromolecules in the aging brain. These projects include collaborations with Drs. Edmund Kwok, Jianhui and Ron Wood. The postdoc will also work with a technician.

Candidate: Eligible applicants will have (or about to receive) a PhD or MD/PhD in physiology, pharmacology, cell biology, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline and have experience in brain imaging and analysis (MRI and fluorescence), Western blot analysis, ELISA, small animal surgery and two-photon imaging. Candidates with mathematical/data analysis backgrounds, and interests in disease modeling and interdisciplinary research are especially encouraged to apply.

Full Deane Lab Description

12/19/2017 Xin Li Department of Urology

Position: A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Xin Li, Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology, Genome to Therapeutics, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Department of Urology. Research in the Li Lab is at the interface of reproductive and RNA biology.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recent Ph.D. or equivalent experience
  • At least one first-author publication
  • Good communication and organization skills
  • A background on spermiogenesis, stem cell culture, or in vitro fertilization is preferred

Full Li Lab Position Description


Xinping Zhang, MD, PhD

Center for Musculoskeletal Research

Postdoc positions are available in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The successful candidates will participate in research projects recently funded by NIH. The projects involve using 2-photon live imaging platform to understand the molecular and cellular mechanism involved in skeletal healing, with emphasis on the interactions between vascular progenitors and mesenchymal progenitors during skeletal repair and regeneration.

Full Center for Musculoskeletal Research Postdoc Positions Description


Gail Johnson

Laboratory of Dr. Gail V. W. Johnson

Anesthesiology Department

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Gail V. W. Johnson in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. The overall focus of the lab is on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease and central nervous system (CNS) injury.  The current project is on elucidating selective autophagy mechanisms in neurons that mediate tau clearance and how these processes are altered during aging. Individuals who are passionate about research, enjoy exploring new areas of investigation and have a background in molecular and cellular studies are encouraged to apply. A background in molecular neurobiology and experience with primary neuronal cultures is preferred.

Full Johnson Lab Position Description


Irfan Rahman, PhD

Rahman Lab Website
Department of Environmental Medicine

Postdoctoral position available to investigate mitochondrial dysfunction in lung inflammation.

Full Rahman Lab Postdoc Position Description

Antti Seppo, PhD and Kirsi Jarvinen, MD PhD


The Department of Pediatrics has an opening for a Postdoctoral position.  We are particularly interested in candidates with graduate or post-graduate level expertise in research on mucosal immunology, adaptive immunity, food allergy or other atopic diseases, or alternatively expertise on other areas of biomedical research that will be applicable to the abovementioned areas. Our projects focus on understanding factors predisposing to atopic diseases with an overall goal of food allergy prevention.

This project will utilize experimental models of immune activation in the context of mucosal exposure, breast milk immune factors and tolerance development. This project will also investigate the homeostasis of mucosal immune system and microbiome.

Allergy/Immunology Postdoctoral Position


Biomedical Genetics & Wilmot Cancer Institute

The Land Lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York is recruiting a postdoctoral research associate with expertise in the broad area of cancer biology. The successful candidate will benefit from a multidisciplinary research community and state of the art infrastructure at URMC.   The scientific interests pursued in the laboratory of Hartmut (Hucky) Land PhD include oncogene cooperativity, cancer cell metabolism, cancer stem cell biology and metastasis, signal transduction and systems biology.

Full Cancer Biology
Postdoctoral Position Description

12/19/2017 Department of Biomedical Genetics & the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute

A Postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Biomedical Genetics and the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center working with Drs. Mark Noble and Chris Proschel. The successful candidate will perform in vivo experiments related to development of new treatments for spinal cord injury.    Work will involve behavioral analyses and  histological analyses on injured spinal cords.

Full Spinal Cord Injury Postdoctoral Position Description

12/19/2017 Dr. David Maclean Pharmacology & Physiology

Postdoctoral researcher position funded by NIH grant and University startup is available to study the biophysical properties of ion channels. We will be investigating structure-function relationships in glutamate receptors and acid sensing ion channels using a combination of electrophysiology with fast perfusion, kinetic modelling, fluorescence spectroscopy and structural biological techniques

Full Postdoctoral Researcher Position description

12/19/2017 Carolyn Jones, M.D.


Department of Surgery

A postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Department at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A Research Postdoctoral Associate (Research Fellow) provides a one or two year funded opportunity for clinical research in a thriving academic setting.  Candidates have the opportunity to conduct clinical outcomes research in a wide-spectrum of foregut and pulmonary pathology, and gain exposure to esophageal motility diagnostic studies in the motility lab.

Full postdoctoral research fellow description

12/19/2017 Microbiology and Immunology

Post-doctoral fellowships are available in the Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the laboratories of Drs Deborah Fowell, Minsoo Kim, David Topham and Jim Miller. The projects are funded by a grant from the US National Institutes of Health and will study immune function in situ at sites of infection and inflammation.

Full Position Description

12/19/2017 Stephen R Hammes, M.D., Ph.D. Endocrinology and Metabolism

 A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Stephen R Hammes, M.D., Ph.D. in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester NY. The laboratory is interested in how inflammation and hormones promote cancer cell growth. The laboratory has two primary projects: Inflammation & Androgens in Prostate Cancer, and Estrogens & Inflammation in Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).

Full Hammes Lab Position Description

12/19/2017 Environmental Medicine

One NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available immediately in Environmental Medicine- in the laboratory of Dr. Irfan Rahman to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of oxidant-mediated cellular senescence in the lungs with special emphasis on redox signaling, exosome biology, mitochondrial dysfunction, and inflammation.

Full Environmental Medicine Position Description

12/19/2017 Microbiology and Immunology

A postdoctoral research position is immediately available in the laboratory of Luis Martinez-Sobrido in The Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Rochester. Research will focus on developing new technologies to evaluate influenza virus vaccine approaches and applying this knowledge to the optimization of influenza vaccines.

Full Martinez-Sobrido Position Description

12/19/2017 Department of Surgery

The Cancer Control and Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory (CCPL) within the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical School and Wilmot Cancer Institute (WCI) is seeking exceptional candidates for a Post-Doctoral Associate position in the area of clinical (patient-oriented) cancer control and survivorship research.  The position is available immediately and fully funded at a very competitive salary for a period of 2-3 years. The successful applicant will work directly with the Laboratory Principal Investigator, Dr. Michelle Janelsins, and be part of an internationally renowned multidisciplinary cancer control research team comprised of oncologists, epidemiologists, immunologists, neuroscientists, clinical psychologists and biostatisticians among others.

Full Position Description

12/19/2017 Neuroscience

We are seeking an enthusiastic and skilled researcher to join our team at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab based in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Our lab is pursuing lines of multisensory research in a variety of human clinical populations and murine models. We are looking for someone skilled in data analysis to assist our team with higher level signal processing workflows while starting some exciting new lines of research.

Full Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab Position Description


Center for Musculoskeletal Research

Two postdoc positions are available to participate in NIH-funded research projects involving the use of multiphoton microscopy as a live imaging platform to characterize the behavior and cell fate of vascular progenitors and mesenchymal progenitors during skeletal repair and regeneration. The study integrates bone tissue engineering, vascular biology, and skeletal biology. The successful candidates must have a MD or PhD degree in biomedical science with published experience in molecular biology, cell biology and transgenic animal work.

Full Center for Musculoskeletal Research Position Description