Molecular Biology Prospective Postdoc

The Department of Molecular Biology is the core of the life sciences at Princeton. We are a world-class faculty with diverse research interests spanning molecular, cell, and systems biology, and we study organisms ranging from viruses, bacteria and yeast to worms, flies, fish, mice, and humans. Many of our faculty have joint appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Engineering, Physics, and the Lewis Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics or the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. All of us, as well as faculty from these sister departments and institutes, participate in our undergraduate and graduate programs. The uncommon level of inter-disciplinary interactions provides an exceptional environment for learning and research.

Members of the Department have expertise in genomics, proteomics, cancer biology, developmental biology, neurobiology, and microbiology, for example. We have programs in global health, molecular biology, neuroscience, and quantitative biology. Faculty members have won numerous prestigious awards (including the Nobel Prize and the Macarthur Genius award), and at least 10 are members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Many faculty lead their disciplines by serving as presidents or officers of societies. They serve on journal editorial boards, NIH study sections, scientific advisory boards, and boards of foundations and companies. For more information about the department, please refer to the Chair’s Welcome.


See the listing of open postdoctoral research positions.


Both Postdoctoral Research Associates and Postdoctoral Research Fellows are eligible for University benefits. For more detailed information about benefits, please refer to Princeton University Human Resources and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. For questions, please contact Jen Webb or Veronica Diaforli.


Postdoctoral research fellows are supported by Princeton University-sponsored training grants or external fellowships from private or public agencies. Fellows may also receive salary supplements from the faculty sponsors/mentors. Many sources of postdoctoral funding can be found through grant listing services such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Molecular Biology grants staff assists new postdoctoral fellows in applying for fellowships. Current postdoctoral fellows are supported by American Cancer Society, Damon Runyon Research Foundation, Helen Hay Whitney, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury and New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Injury. International fellows are encouraged to apply for various international funding opportunities.

There are many opportunities for career development in the Department. Postdoctoral fellows frequently apply for the career award supported by the National Health Institutes (K Awards and Burroughs Wellcome Fund).

Contact Vesna Bacic for more information on fellowship opportunities.

Teaching Opportunities

Several undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department offer teaching opportunities specifically for postdocs, including the summer undergraduate research program, Junior tutorials, and other courses.

Contact the Graduate Administrator for more information on teaching opportunities.