Post-Doctoral Fellow

Location: Weill Cornell Medical Center  

Org Unit: Basic Science Research

Position Summary

We are now accepting applicants for a postdoctoral fellow position in the laboratory of Dr. Marcus Goncalves at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Goncalves is a physician-scientist in the division of endocrinology and his goal is to understand the metabolic pathways underlying the cancer anorexia cachexia syndrome. In this position, you will lead a project designed to study how cancer alters skeletal muscle metabolism in genetically modified mouse models of cancer. The applicant will be co-mentored by world-renowned cancer biologist, Lewis C. Cantley, who will help develop the project. We seek applications from ambitious and productive young scientists with a background in skeletal muscle physiology, and a drive to become an expert in cancer biology and cell metabolism. You will be working in a highly-productive, well-funded, vibrant, interactive, friendly and intellectually stimulating research group doing cutting-edge metabolic research.

Job Responsibilities

  • Specific duties determined by the chair of the department in which appointment is held.
  • Conduct, document, and present experimental findings to primary investigator.


Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or MD/PhD) in a biomedical science, an equivalent degree from another professional discipline (e.g. DO, DMD, DDS, etc), or an equivalent degree from another country.


  • A strong record of accomplishment in research as evidenced by quality publications.
  • Preferred – 5+ years of basic science experience with references.
  • Preferred – 3+ years of mouse/rat handling experience including a practical understanding of mouse breeding, the Cre/Lox system, necropsy procedures, intraperitoneal/subcutaneous/intravenous injections, and/or intravenous catheter placement.
  • Exceptions will be made for new graduates with the appropriate skillset described below.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative manner with all departmental faculty and staff, as well as other institutional representatives.
  • Candidates should have strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • High levels of critical thinking, strong technical skills, and first author publications related to skeletal muscle biology.
  • A working knowledge of human or rodent anatomy including the musculoskeletal system.
  • Candidate must have experience conducting isometric and/or eccentric force measurements in isolated heart or skeletal muscle; or a related skillset/training (e.g. electrical engineering background, training in patch-clamp experiments) that would ensure that these measurements can be performed.

To apply, please send a cover letter with a brief summary of research experience and interests, CV, and the contact information for 3 referees to Dr. Goncalves (

Applicant must be available for interview in New York.