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Science Fellows Program

The Science Fellows Program

Fellows in the Frontiers of Science program are appointed as Lecturers in Discipline in the appropriate natural science departments in the Columbia University Arts and Sciences faculty. Fellow terms are up to three years and provide recent PhDs the opportunity to combine teaching and research. Each Fellow teaches two groups of up to 22 students each term and is actively involved in the development of the course curriculum through preparation of assignments, seminar activities, and assessments. Meanwhile, Fellows actively pursue their own research projects within their respective departments. Yes, being a Science Fellow can certainly make for a busy life, but if you love to teach and don’t want to give up research, this may be the perfect position for you!

The 2020 Science Fellow Job Announcement

For more than 80 years, Columbia College sustained an extensive Core Curriculum, required of all students, which served as an intensive introduction to the great ideas of Western literature, art, music, and philosophy. In the University’s 250th year (2004), we launched a complementary course in science to be taken by all first-year students.

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College that celebrates its centennial this year. The goal of the course is both to introduce exciting scientific ideas at the frontiers of our knowledge and to inculcate scientific habits of mind. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2020-2021. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or expect to receive the Ph.D. before June 30, 2020 and have demonstrated teaching experience. Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in the natural science department most appropriate to their degree. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.

Fellows teach two once-per-week seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, participate in curriculum development for the course, including course-wide assessments, and carry out research at Columbia. In addition to teaching and research, the Fellows engage in the intellectual life of their afiliated department. A competitive salary is supplemented by an annual research allowance.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Current CV and Cover Letter (In a cover letter of application addressed to the Frontiers Program, please include the names of any Columbia University faculty in the sciences in whose laboratory or research group it would be particularly desirable to conduct postdoctoral research and training.)

  2. Statement of research accomplishments and future plans

  3. Statement of teaching experience (to be submitted as “statement of teaching philosophy”)

  4. Three letters of reference

To apply, please visit:

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 15th, 2019

Applications will be evaluated by faculty specialists and an interdisciplinary committee; research should be presented appropriately.

For questions about the program please contact ; please make the subject of your email “FOS Science Fellows Program”

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


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