DSI postdoctoral researchers are the next generation of leaders in data science.

Postdocs engage in independent and novel research in an environment that fosters multidisciplinary, collaborative work.

Open Applications

Apply to the 2025-2026 DSI Postdoctoral Fellows Program:
Application is currently closed. Please check back for its release in Fall 2024.

Apply to Specialized Postdoctoral Research Positions:

Postdoctoral Research Scientist (ML Applied to Neutron and x-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy)

The Data Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Data Science Institute seeks recent Ph.D. graduates and doctoral candidates that expect to receive their degree by July 1, 2025 who have explicit interests in advancing and/or applying data science to other domains.

Prior experience in data science is not required. We look for candidates with the courage and interest to learn a new field, to be part of a prestigious cohort of like-minded fellows with the goal of helping to define the field of data science into the future. 

Columbia University has a rich and diverse group of mentors with whom our postdoctoral fellows collaborate. As part of the application process, you will identify potential mentors with whom you would like to work. Please find a list of DSI affiliated faculty members here; and see below for a list of collaborators that may be relevant to your application. 

Required Application Materials

  • A cover letter that explains your motivation for applying to this program and indicates your choice of mentors (and special interest area if applicable)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • A brief research statement that summarizes current research interests, past accomplishments, and future research goals. It should contain a short proposal for the research activities you plan to do as a DSI Fellow, including a schedule with milestones, and statement and commitment to racial equity
  • Up to three representative research papers
  • Three letters of reference submitted directly by the recommenders

[Optional] A letter from a potential Columbia faculty mentor indicating an interest in your candidacy and your proposed research activities. This letter can be submitted directly to dsi-fellows@columbia.edu

We welcome applications for postdoctoral researchers interested in any of these collaborations. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, please note it in your cover letter.