Founder’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Statistics: Starting Fall 2023

This fellowship aims to develop the next generation of leaders in statistics and related disciplines by offering a unique opportunity for the best young scholars to develop their research expertise and collaborate with Columbia faculty both within the department and in the broader Columbia community. This fellowship also honors the department’s founder, Dr. Abraham Wald’s legacy, who founded the department in 1946 and was one of the most influential statisticians of the 20th century. Read more about the Legend of Abraham Wald (American Mathematical Society).

Department of Statistics at Columbia University

Founder’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Statistics: Starting Fall 2023

Position Description: The Department of Statistics invites applications for the 2023 Founder’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Statistics at Columbia University. This fellowship seeks to bring exceptional scientists of outstanding potential to Columbia University. This two-year fellowship, with no teaching obligations, is to begin between July and September 2023. The Fellow will hold the rank of postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Statistics. A competitive annual salary will be supplemented with generous funding for conference travel and research support.

Applications in all areas of statistics and probability will be considered: the primary selection criterion will be the candidates’ exceptional promise to produce high quality and visible research. Candidates must have a PhD in statistics or related field by the date of appointment. Fellows will be expected to pursue a vigorous research agenda and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Department.

The Department currently consists of 38 faculty members and 55 PhD students. The department has been expanding rapidly and, like the University itself, is an extraordinarily vibrant academic community. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. For further information about the department and our activities, centers, research areas, and curricular programs, please go to our web page at:

Qualifications: PhD in statistics or related field by the date of appointment

Application Instructions: All applications must be submitted through Columbia’s online Academic Search and Recruiting portal (ASR).

The application must include the following:

  • A cover letter that explains your motivation for applying for this position and indicates your choice of mentors from the statistics
  • A curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
  • A brief research statement that summarizes current research interests, past accomplishments, and future research It should contain a short proposal for the research activities you plan to conduct while at Columbia.
  • The names of 3 references—references will be asked to upload letters of recommendation in

Review of applications begins on January 13, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be made to

Salary range:  $60,000-$100,000

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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