Postdoctoral Research Training: Academic Environment

One of the premier cancer centers in the United States, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is committed to performing cutting-edge biomedical research and providing exceptional patient care. Training a new generation of scientists and clinicians is a key part of this mission.

Today, more than 500 postdoctoral researchers work in over 120 laboratories at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and our research enterprise is growing steadily.

The majority of our laboratories are part of the Sloan Kettering Institute, or SKI, as it is commonly referred to. Renowned worldwide for its scientific excellence, SKI is the main division for basic and translational research within Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Its scientific activities are organized around eight research programs.

Postdoctoral training opportunities are also available within Memorial Hospital’s Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program and in other laboratories led by clinician-scientists at Memorial Hospital. However, all postdoctoral trainees, including those who work in Memorial Hospital laboratories, hold appointments in SKI.

The basic and translational research conducted by SKI scientists thrives alongside clinical trials and treatment innovation at Memorial Hospital, the nation’s oldest cancer hospital. Everything we do at Memorial Sloan Kettering — from investigating the molecular basis of human disease, to providing our patients with the most advanced cancer treatments available — is driven by close teamwork among our researchers, clinicians, and other professional staff.

Our collaborative culture provides an exciting and stimulating training environment in which interdisciplinary teamwork and learning are strongly encouraged. It also fuels our scientific productivity, and helps us gear our latest discoveries toward the benefit of patients as effectively as possible.

Our academic community includes researchers whose work has been seminal in shaping the current understanding of cancer and other diseases. Among our outstanding faculty are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Institute of Medicine, as well as a recipient of the Lasker Award.

Our Facilities and Location

Memorial Sloan Kettering is home to more than 35 state-of-the-art core facilities, which provide our research community with the latest research technology and a wide range of expert services. Each facility is run by accomplished professionals who work closely with our faculty and trainees in designing, performing, and analyzing experiments.

Memorial Sloan Kettering's main campus occupies three city blocks on Manhattan's Upper East Side, right next to The Rockefeller University and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Within this tri-institutional research and education community, postdocs can cultivate rewarding collaborations and participate in a rich agenda of academic, professional, and social events.

All of our research laboratories and core facilities are located in one of the following buildings:

  • The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center, a state-of-the-art research building located at 417 East 68th Street
  • The Rockefeller Research Laboratories, located at 430 East 67th Street
  • The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Research Building, located at 1250 First Avenue

Graduate Training

As a Memorial Sloan Kettering postdoc, you will be working alongside PhD and MD-PhD students who are training in outstanding graduate education programs.

Learn about the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, our PhD program in cancer biology, which trains basic laboratory scientists to work in research areas directly applicable to human disease.

In addition, our laboratories host students enrolled in a number of other long-standing graduate training programs that the Sloan Kettering Institute offers in affiliation with the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and The Rockefeller University.