Job Openings

Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI)
CLOSED - Call for Postdoctoral Fellows

The mission of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) is to “Make smart energy systems with low carbon footprint the norm through innovations in materials, technology, and systems design.” In pursuit of this  mission,  the  Institute  supports an ambitious  agenda  spanning  discovery  research  to  technology translation. The goal is to catalyze the frontier research on materials, devices, data analytics, and intelligent systems architectures required to lower cost, improve performance, and reduce carbon footprint of energy systems. The institute also serves as a hub for subject matter experts, programs, and multi-user facilities that translate energy-focused research discoveries to prototypes and prototypes to commercial practice.

CESI POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS are high-profile postdoctoral fellowships designed to attract the best and brightest young researchers in energy science, engineering, and materials to Cornell.  The goal  is  to  create  a  cohort  of  independent  scholars pursuing  frontier  research  in energy. Fellows will work in partnership with Cornell faculty sponsors on projects consistent with the CESI mission. The CESI Fellowships are two-year appointments and provide up to 50% of the cost associated with sponsoring a postdoctoral scientist at Cornell, with the faculty advisor providing the other 50%. Approximately five fellowships will be awarded for a two-year period beginning in June 2019.

Applications will be evaluated in a competitive process designed to evaluate their qualifications, the quality and originality of the proposed research, and the potential of the work to facilitate new research collaborations among CESI faculty. Successful applications must have at least two Cornell faculty sponsors, at least one of whom should be an active CESI faculty member (see

All  fellows  agree  to  put  the  CESI  byline  on  all  publications  and  presentations  during  their appointment.

CESI Fellows will also receive lifetime memberships in the Society of Cornell Fellows, along with the participants in other names prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships.

Required Application Materials

1.  Candidate CV, including a publication list.

2.  Two-page description of proposed research. The proposal should explicitly address the relationship between the proposed work and CESI research mission. The proposal should also list the names, email address, and affiliation of the Cornell faculty sponsors.

3.  Letters of support from Cornell sponsors. A single letter co-signed by multiple sponsors is acceptable.

4.  Two additional general Letters of Recommendation (e.g., from thesis advisor, collaborators).

Please forward all material (pdf format preferred) to: Mary Jane Sager (

Receipt deadline for all materials is January 14, 2019.