Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI)
Call for Postdoctoral Fellows (closed)
The mission of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) is to make 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 frontier research on materials, devices, data analytics, and intelligent systems architectures, which 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. CESI postdoctoral fellowships are two-year appointments and provide up to 50% of the cost associated with supporting a postdoctoral scientist at Cornell; the faculty sponsors provide the remaining 50%. Approximately five fellowships will be awarded for a two-year period beginning in March 2020.
Applications will be evaluated in a competitive process designed to assess the applicant’s qualifications, the quality and originality of the proposed postdoctoral research, and the potential of the work to facilitate new research collaborations among CESI faculty. Applicants should not already be in a targeted research group at Cornell. Each applicant must have at least two Cornell faculty sponsors, at least one of whom should be an active CESI faculty member. Successful applicants should also have a demonstrated record of research excellence evidenced by external metrics appropriate for their field, such as high-impact publications, awards, patents, and invited talks at international meetings.
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 named prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships.
Required Application Materials
Candidate CV, including a publication list.
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.
Letters of support from Cornell sponsors. A single letter co-signed by multiple sponsors is acceptable.
Two additional Letters of Recommendation (e.g., from thesis advisor, collaborators).
Receipt deadline for all materials is November 15, 2019.
Call for CESI-Corning Graduate Fellowship (closed)
The mission of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) is to make energy systems with low carbon footprint cost effective and reliable. In pursuit of this mission, the Institute supports Cornell investigators performing research ranging from discovery science to technology translation. The goal is to catalyze discovery of materials, devices, and systems architectures that lower cost, improve performance, and reduce the carbon footprint of energy systems. The Institute also serves as a hub for subject matter experts, programs, and multi-user facilities that enable translation of energy-focused research to prototypes and prototypes to commercial practice.
CESI’s CORNING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP is a multi-year award designed to attract the best and brightest young researchers in energy science, engineering, and materials to Cornell. Preference will be given to second year Ph.D. students working with one or more CESI affiliated faculty members on research that intersects with at least two of the three areas in Corning's strategic research portfolio. Students interested in pursuing careers in industry and who come from diverse* backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. This opportunity is open to US citizens and lawful US residents.
Corning Fellows must commit to participate in a paid summer internship at a nearby Corning facility each year that they receive the award. Corning shall designate a scientist as a mentor to provide high‐level guidance for the Fellow. The Corning Fellow will, in turn, provide regular updates to the Corning mentor regarding their progress in the program. Both Corning and Cornell will define the internship such that it meets the needs of all invested.
Applications will be evaluated in a competitive process designed to assess the applicant’s qualifications.
Required Application Materials:
1. Candidate’s CV, including a publication list.
2. A Letter of support from a CESI affiliated faculty sponsor.
3. Two additional Letters of Recommendation.
The receipt deadline for all materials is Friday, October 18, 2019. Awards will begin in January of 2020.
*Diverse candidates include but are not limited to racial or ethnic minorities, women, first generation college graduates, LGBTQ, veterans, or other persons who have overcome significant adversity and represent groups underrepresented in advanced Engineering education.