Current Opportunities at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt is committed to providing a meaningful, robust experience for postdocs. Below is a list of currently available postdoctoral opportunities.

Postdocs interested in applying for a specific position should contact the faculty mentor directly.

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Posted Department Description Faculty Mentor Link
February 22, 2024 Dermatology A post-doctoral scholar position is available at the Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic (VDTRC.org) and the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering to launch translational research careers. We invite motivated candidates to apply their backgrounds in computer science, data science, engineering, and/or physics to medical problems in oncology (e.g. stem cell / bone marrow transplantation), rheumatology (e.g. systemic sclerosis), infectious diseases (e.g. mpox) and dermatology (e.g. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome). The goal is to develop and deploy technologies in our ongoing multicenter trials to track disease progression and response to treatment. Eric Tkaczyk View Details
February 19, 2024 Earth & Environmental Sciences The Ayers Lab https://my.vanderbilt.edu/johncayers/ in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar for a one-year appointment funded by an NSF collaborative grant with Chen Zhu at Indiana University Bloomington. The successful applicant will continue an experimental petrology project on the kinetics of recrystallization of the mineral zircon and replacement of metamict zircon in aqueous fluids at high pressures and temperatures. Experimental materials have already been acquired and characterized, and a piston cylinder apparatus and four working cold seal pressure vessel systems are available for experiments. Experimental materials will be analyzed using a FIB-SEM, Raman spectroscopy, and Picarro for oxygen and hydrogen isotopes. U-Pb geochronology and Si isotope analysis will be performed by collaborators. Geochemical modeling will be used to guide experiments, and modeling and experimental results will be compared. Kevin Hooper View Details
February 16, 2024 Electrical and Computer Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position: Unravelling the Heterogeneity of Extracellular Vesicles and Particles We are searching for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. This position is situated within the Ndukaife Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and affiliated with the Center for Extracellular Vesicles Research at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University is a world-class research institution and one of the nation's premier centers for excellence in research and education. The successful candidate will engage in cutting-edge biomedical research focusing on extracellular vesicles. This role offers a unique chance to work closely with Dr. Ndukaife and his team, as well as collaborators in the Center for Extracellular Vesicles Research leveraging our world-class facilities and resources for research advancement. Key qualifications include excellent verbal and written communication abilities, a proactive approach to work, meticulous attention to detail in maintaining research records, and the ability to thrive in a collaborative environment. We are committed to recognizing excellent contributions with opportunities for journal publications and presentation at national conferences, underscoring our dedication to the professional growth of our fellows. Justus Ndukaife View Details
February 12, 2024 Epidemiology We are recruiting a second post-doc fellow to work on a grant funded by the American Society of Hematology that aims to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of anticoagulants. The position is available immediately. Ghadeer Dawwas View Details
February 12, 2024 Computer Science The Machine Intelligence and Neural Technologies (MINT) laboratory at the Department of Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, seeks to fill a research assistant professor position in computational optimal transport and its applications in machine learning. The prospective candidate will collaborate with Professor Kolouri at the Department of Computer Science on research, and will help with mentoring graduate students. Soheil Kolouri View Details
February 9, 2024 Mechanical Engineering The Caldwell Infrared Nanophotonic Materials and Devices Laboratory is focused on employing novel spectroscopic methods, identification of new or modified materials and structures and nanophotonic concepts towards advancing the infrastructure available for infrared optics and components. We are seeking a postdoctoral candidate who can help us push the boundaries of these fields and bring new concepts and fields of research, especially in regards to developing the guiding principles governing twist-optic and moiré interactions between two-dimensional and/or low-symmetry materials, artificial metamaterials, and combinations thereof. The position will require strong collaboration, communication, and organizational skills. The candidate will work closely with highly motivated and talented engineering and science students, scientific researchers, and faculty. The candidate will also be given a high level of ownership over research and development projects, providing them with the opportunity to forge some of their own research directions in this space. Thus, the candidate must have excellent project management skills and strong technical problem-solving abilities. Josh Caldwell View Details
February 2, 2024 Owen Graduate School of Management The Finance area at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management offers a two‐year postdoctoral fellowship for recent graduates with a Ph.D. in Finance or Economics, with research interests in financial economics. Postdocs work closely with Owen finance faculty on new research projects, while making progress toward publication of their current work. To be eligible, candidates must complete their Ph.D. by July prior to starting the fellowship. The strongest candidates will be those whose research interests align closely with Owen faculty and where the postdoc and faculty member can foresee developing joint research projects. We encourage applicants to look at Owen finance faculty webpage and identify specific faculty with similar research interests in their cover letter. Morgan Leeson View Details
January 30, 2024 Owen Graduate School of Management The Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in operations management. Postdoctoral researchers are expected to work with Owen faculty on new research projects while making progress toward the publication of their current scholarly work. To be eligible, a candidate must complete their PhD by summer 2024 from an AACSB-accredited business school. Candidates with research interests in supply chain management, networks, and operations-finance interface are especially encouraged to apply. Yasin Alan View Details
January 30, 2024 Owen Graduate School of Management The Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in accounting. The post-doctoral researcher in accounting will work closely with Owen’s faculty on research projects related to auditing, corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure choices, ESG reporting, managerial accounting, and cost accounting. The candidate will be housed at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management but will have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team spanning accounting, finance, economics, operations management, and business. In order to be consider for the position, candidates must have a background in Accounting and/or Economics/Finance. Daniel A. Cohen View Details
January 18, 2024 Division of Cardiology Dr. Huize Pan’s laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to pursue several exciting directions in the field of cardiovascular and metabolic research. Huize Pan View Details
January 17, 2024 Institute for Software Integrated Systems The Open Ended Learning Environments research group at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) and the Department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University has an opening for a post-doctoral researcher who will be supported by grants from the National Science Foundation AI Institute and other related funds. In particular, this position will involve research in multimodal data collection and analysis in classroom environments from a number of Open Ended Learning Environments (OELEs) that include the: (1) NSF AI Institute narrative-centered learning environments, (2) Betty’s Brain, (3) C2STEM (Collaborative, Computational STEM Learning Environments), and (4) SPICE (Science Projects Integrating Computation and Engineering) learning environments (for details see https://wp0.vanderbilt.edu/oele/). Some of these projects involve collaborations with faculty at the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt, other AI ENGAGE institute partners, SRI Education, and Digital Promise. The post-doctoral researcher will conduct research in utilizing learning technologies and multimodal data collection systems to collect and analyze classroom data to study students’ learning behaviors as they collaborate to solve problems in our OELE environments. Gautam Biswas View Details
January 10, 2024 Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Researcher Position - Bioinformatics Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Department of Medicine are excited to announce an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher specializing in human microbiome research. Seesandra Rajagopala View Details
January 8, 2024 Surgery The Choi Lab studies basic and pre-clinical research projects to understand mechanisms of carcinogenic transition in gastric carcinogenesis. The Choi Lab is a multiple (NCI and DOD) funded gastric cancer research laboratory and uses novel in vivo mouse models and in vitro organoid models which are unique in the gastric cancer field. We aim to define biological mechanisms of carcinogenic transition from pre-cancerous cells to cancerous cells. We also seek to develop novel therapeutic approaches to prevention of gastric cancer development and identify novel druggable targets for patients with high-risk pre-cancer and/or cancer. Eunyoung Choi View Details
January 8, 2024 Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addiction Heterogeneity at Vanderbilt University Ashley Watts View Details
December 18, 2023 College of Arts & Science With the support of the Teagle Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science invites applications for the A&S College Core Fellows program. Application closes February 1, 2024. Paul Stob View Details
December 1, 2023 Physics & Astronomy Postdoctoral Position in High-Energy Nuclear Physics: JETSCAPE/XSCAPE-focus Yi Chen View Details
November 30, 2023 Physics & Astronomy Postdoctoral Position in High-Energy Nuclear Physics: CMS-focus Yi Chen View Details
November 21, 2023 Owen Graduate School of Management The Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in operations/technology strategy or information systems. The position will work closely with faculty on projects to examine the operations, economics, or strategic aspects of information systems with particular interest subareas such as AI, cyber security, or healthcare. The candidate will be housed at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management but will have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team spanning computer science, economics, healthcare, and business. Candidates must have a background in Operations/Technology Strategy, Information Systems, Medical Informatics, Health Economics, or related Business background. Educational backgrounds could come from several areas including a PhD in: • Business (Management Information Systems/Technology/Operations/Strategy) • Medical Informatics • Information Science • Health Economics Our preference is for candidates who have recently completed their PhD (post-doc). Candidates with more experience who have direct interest in this research area are also welcomed to apply. We are interested in candidates who will produce research of excellent quality that will have significant impact on the field. The successful candidate could start in August 2024 for a one-year appointment (with the possibility of renewal for an additional year). Salary commensurate with degree and experience including an excellent benefits package. Morgan Leeson View Details
November 21, 2023 Physics & Astronomy, Mathematics VandyGRAF Fellow in Numerical Relativistic Fluid Dynamics Jean-François Paquet View Details
November 8, 2023 Nursing & Biomedical Informatics The Jeffery Lab is looking for a post-doctoral fellow from the field of computer science, biomedical informatics, or quantitative-focused health sciences (e.g., nursing, quantitative psychology). The position is 50% funded by the NIH to develop a framework that supports computational phenotyping of substance use disorders using electronic health record data. Alvin Jeffery View Details
October 30, 2023 Medicine, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology Structural Biology Postdoc Ray Blind View Details
October 25, 2023 School of Nursing This is an exciting post-doctoral opportunity to carry out collaborative research focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of a clinical informatics (patient portal) and mhealth program to support self-management in youth with diabetes. The fellow will work in the laboratory of Dr. Shelagh Mulvaney, with an interdisciplinary team of behavioral scientists, clinicians, statisticians and informatics professionals at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (https://nursing.vanderbilt.edu/people/bio/shelagh-mulvaney). For this position, funded jointly by the Vanderbilt School of Nursing and a grant from the American Diabetes Association, we seek a talented and highly motivated individual interested in further developing their informatics, research and academic skills to support an independent research career. Shelagh Mulvaney View Details
October 17, 2023 Psychology: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center 2024-2025 Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship in Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Up to 2 Positions Available) Laura Corona View Details
October 16, 2023 Physics & Astronomy Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in High-Energy Nuclear Physics Raghav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli View Details
October 6, 2023 Psychology & Human Development Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Neuroscience Sophia Vinci-Booher View Details
October 2, 2023 Medicine: Gastroenterology Postdoctoral Fellow - Cancer Microbiome Nicholas Markham View Details
September 25, 2023 Psychology The Schaefer Lab in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University seeks applicants for a postdoctoral researcher position. The lab’s research program focuses on understanding the relationship between environmental exposures (including environmental toxicants, psychosocial stressors, substance use, and poverty) and brain and behavioral health, using longitudinal and twin methods to approach causal inference Jonathan Schaefer View Details
September 15, 2023 Psychology and Human Development Postdoctoral Position in the Speech Sciences and Prosody, Vanderbilt University Duane Watson View Details
August 22, 2023 Earth & Environmental Sciences The Meng Lab (https://my.vanderbilt.edu/lin-meng/) at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University is seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral scholar interested in cutting-edge research on modeling edge effect, degradation, carbon sequestration, and forest fires in tropical regions, focusing on Amazonia. The post-doctoral scholar will join a NASA project and work with a diverse team across several universities/institutes on modeling forest edge effects on carbon cycle and fires in Amazon using remote sensing and terrestrial biosphere models. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a fast-evolving and active research field, with significant potential for high-impact publication and visibility of your research. Lin Meng View Details
August 21, 2023 Psychology & Human Development; Special Education Vanderbilt University Department of Psychology and Human Development and the Department of Special Education are seeking to hire a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to collaborate on multiple grant-funded projects focused on youth violence and suicidality prevention, gun-related injury prevention, social and behavioral developmental trajectories, community-based partnerships on positive youth development, and research syntheses. The position will be supervised by Dr. Krista Mehari and Dr. Jason Chow. Krista Mehari View Details
August 16, 2023 Biochemistry & Pharmacology Structural Biology Postdoc Ray Blind View Details
August 2, 2023 Psychology Postdoctoral Position in Human Vision and Medical Image Perception, Vanderbilt University Frank Tong View Details
August 1, 2023 Psychology Postdoctoral position to develop robust AI-based models of human vision and object recognition abilities Frank Tong View Details
August 1, 2023 Biological Sciences Postdoctoral position in human genomics in the Lea lab Amanda Lea View Details
July 31, 2023 Hematology and Oncology NIH-funded post-doctoral positions are available within the Lovly lab team for highly motivated, enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to conduct translational lung cancer research. Christine Lovly View Details
July 21, 2023 Molecular Physiology & Biophysics The Karakas Lab at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, located in Nashville, TN, is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill an NIH-funded postdoctoral position. Our research group is dedicated to unraveling the molecular mechanisms of ion channels using state-of-the-art structural biology approaches. The laboratory, situated within the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, offers access to cutting-edge cores specializing in crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), mass spectrometry, and a range of advanced biophysical instrumentation. Erkan Karakas View Details
June 6, 2023 Cell and Developmental Biology Postdoctoral fellow in cell biology: uncover the cell’s inner beauty at the Kaverina lab in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt Irina Kaverina View Details
June 6, 2023 Cell and Developmental Biology Postdoctoral fellow in cell biology: uncover the cell’s inner beauty at the Kaverina lab in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt Irina Kaverina View Details
May 31, 2023 Institute for Software Integrated Systems Postdoc positions are available in decision theory and big data for smart cities in the ScopeLab at Institute for Software Integrated Systems Abhishek Dubey View Details
May 15, 2023 Radiology and Radiological Sciences The Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow for a 2-year mentored research training opportunity supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. We are currently seeking a candidate with an interest in developing and applying quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods at 3T and 7T field strengths for clinical applications in neurology. Ongoing projects of immediate interest include: • Development of structural and functional MRI of the thoracolumbar spinal cord for applications in multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders • Studies of sex differences in imaging biomarkers of neurological disease pathology Kristin O View Details
May 8, 2023 Biomedical Engineering Postdoc position in Duvall Advanced Therapeutics Laboratory to work on synthesis and optimization of peptide and RNA structures as candidate therapeutics. Craig Duvall View Details
May 5, 2023 Vanderbilt Eye Institute Seeking a highly motivated individual to participate in ongoing translational and clinical research activities at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. Sapna Gangaputra View Details
May 3, 2023 Electric & Computer Engineering The Ndukaife laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work in the area of plasmonic metasurfaces for thermal emission engineering. The prospective candidate will collaborate with Prof. Caldwell’s lab and the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE). Justus Ndukaife View Details
April 17, 2023 Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial Memory and Navigation Timothy McNamara View Details
April 6, 2023 Biomedical Engineering This is for a post-doctoral position focused on methods to improve echocardiography. The goal of the work is to overcome existing challenges in cardiac ultrasound by developing new methods in deep learning and signal processing to improve the image reconstruction pipeline. Brett Byram View Details
April 5, 2023 Medicine /Cardiovascular Medicine Seeking an individual with a Ph.D. and experience in biochemistry, cell biology to conduct research on adipocyte signal transduction, metabolism and biochemistry. This position will allow the fellow to learn about diabetes, physiology of metabolism in order to be able to integrate their molecular skills with in vivo physiology. Sheila Collins View Details
April 4, 2023 Computer Science The AI Institute has a position open for a Post Doctoral researcher to conduct research in the area of AI and Ethics as it relates to narrative-centered learning environments and multimodal learning analytics which are two primary thrusts in our institute's research. Gautam Biswas View Details
March 29, 2023 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering The School of Engineering student success team is recruiting a post-doctoral scholar to support the assessment and support of new programs out of the school of engineering. Julianne Vernon View Details
March 24, 2023 Biomedical Engineering There is an open position for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the King Laboratory, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. The position is available immediately. The research project relates to the study of cancer cell mechanotransduction and apoptosis, with the goal of identifying new strategies to target and kill disseminating metastatic tumor cells to prevent them from forming new and distant tumors. Michael King View Details
March 6, 2023 Meharry Medical College School of Medicine Postdoctoral Research Associates or Senior Research Associates are available in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Meharry Medical College to study host-retrovirus interactions. Research will focus on the mechanisms by which host factors promote and/or restrict virus replication. The successful applicant will join our team that uses molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology to address questions in molecular retrovirology. Xinhong Dong View Details
March 1, 2023 Physics & Astronomy Fisk University and Vanderbilt University announce the immediate availability of two EMIT (Establishing Multimessenger Astronomy Inclusive Training) Postdoctoral Fellowships. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research in observational, computational, instrumental, or theoretical approaches to understanding what photons, gravitational waves, and/or particles reveal about the Universe, and will contribute to building a community that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. EMIT Fellows will receive intensive professional and personal mentoring within a collaborative and vibrant research environment with the intent to prepare them for faculty positions, at least one of which is anticipated to be at Fisk University. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann View Details
February 15, 2023 Psychology The Data Science Institute (DSI) and the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University invites applications for its first cohort of applied deep learning postdoctoral fellows. Fellows will be part of an interdisciplinary Deep Learning Initiative to explore the application of transformers (e.g., the same class of models as ChatGPT) and other AI models to current state-of-the-art datasets in Neuroscience. Fellows will serve as collaborators on research projects as part of a team of researchers, data scientists, graduate students studying data science, and undergraduates. Andre Bastos View Details
February 14, 2023 Molecular Physiology & Biophysics The Ayala lab is seeking a post-doctoral fellow interested in mechanisms regulating feeding behavior and body weight. Research in the lab focuses on mechanisms by which the incretin hormone Glucagon-like peptide-1 (Glp1) and pharmacological Glp1 receptor (Glp1r) agonists currently approved for treating obesity target the central nervous system to promote weight loss. We approach this using state-of-the-art techniques at the intersection of whole-body physiology, metabolism, and neuroscience applied to mouse models. Julio Ayala View Details
February 10, 2023 Physics & Astronomy POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL-THEORY CALCULATIONS/SIMULATIONS Sokrates Pantelides View Details
February 7, 2023 Physics & Astronomy GRAVITY Postdoctoral Fellowship Karan Jani View Details
February 7, 2023 Anesthesiology The Grueter lab is seeking a postdoctoral candidate with a background in neuroscience to support a NIH funded project aimed at determining the behavioral and electrophysiological consequences of HIV-1 integrase inhibitors on neural circuit function. The postdoctoral candidate will be trained in electrophysiological and behavioral methods in mouse models. Competitive candidates will have a strong publication record and experience in experimental neuroscience with an emphasis on rodent models. The Grueter lab is part of the Research Division in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research within Vanderbilt University Medical Center collaborating with Dr. Chandravanu Dash at Meharry Medical College. Brad Grueter View Details
January 20, 2023 Psychology and Human Development We are seeking qualified postdoctoral candidates to work on projects measuring human electrophysiology (EEG and event-related potentials) in the response to cinema. The project explores attention, memory, reflection and, ultimately, deeper understandings derived from the experience of viewing morally-challenging films. The postdoc (with a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, or communications) will be trained to apply electrophysiological methods to the sequence of audio-visual events inherent to cinema in project funded by the Templeton Foundation. Competitive candidates will have a strong publication record and experience in experimental psychology, communications/film and/or electrophysiology, as well as strong computer and data analysis skills. Daniel Levin View Details
January 19, 2023 Special Education The Education and Brain Sciences Research Lab (ebrl.vkcsites.org) directed by Laurie E. Cutting, PhD, of Vanderbilt University, seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher interested in developmental and educational neuroscience. Laurie Cutting View Details
January 9, 2023 Computer Science The Machine Automation, Perception and Learning (MAPLE) and Machine Intelligence and Neural Technologies (MINT) laboratories at Vanderbilt University, Computer Science Department, seek to fill a postdoctoral research assistant position in embedded systems and machine learning to work on developing tools to improve laparoscopic training. The prospective candidate will collaborate with Profs. Wu and Kolouri at the Department of Computer Science, as part of a multi-departmental, multi-institutional, and multinational team of researchers to build and deploy an eye-gaze and machine learning-enhanced surgical training simulator. Jie Ying Wu View Details
January 4, 2023 Psychology The BRAINS Lab in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University seeks applicants for a postdoctoral researcher position. The lab’s research program focuses on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to internalizing disorders Antonia Kaczkurkin View Details
January 4, 2023 Institute for Software Integrated Systems We are seeking motivated postdoctoral researchers with a solid technical background and experience in areas related to AI/ML, security and resilience, and CPS. Experience in software design and development, and the ability to link theoretical results to systems/experimental work are highly valued. A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field is required. ISIS (www.isis.vanderbilt.edu) is a premier research institute in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering with 22 faculty, 42 research scientists and engineers, and more than 60 graduate students with sponsored funding that currently exceeds $20 million a year. ISIS is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science (https://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/cs/). Xenofon Koutsoukos View Details