We are currently not hiring a project-specific postdoc but strongly encourage prize postdoctoral fellows to join us! In our team, you'll be part of an exciting, bleeding edge research team that promotes out-of-the-box thinking (just look at our Publications!). You'll of course also be part of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, one of the top 20 universities in the world too and free to work with anyone across a diverse range of research interests. New York City is one of the most amazing places to live, full of life, vibrancy and culture. Here you'll also be able to work with scientists across the New York area, such as the Flatiron Institute, NYU, CUNY, Stony Brook and the American Museum of Natural History. Feel free to reach out any time to Professor Kipping to learn more.


Generally, we enthusiastically support strong applicants to conduct PhD research at the Cool Worlds Lab. However, we do not and cannot accept applications to work as a PhD student with the Cool Worlds Lab or Prof David Kipping directly. Prospective students should apply to Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

Details on the Department of Astronomy's graduate program are described here, but we briefly point out some relevant details in what follows. Enrolled graduate students complete two one-year research projects plus classes in their first two years, which is nominally followed by three years of thesis research. The first two one-year projects are with different faculty advisors and we recommend students pick two distinct research fields to provide broad exposure. 

Typically, it would be during one of these two years that students interested in working on exoplanets would join the Cool Worlds Lab. Suitability for continuation to thesis work is usually decided by students, advisor and faculty.

undergraduate students

Please be aware that we receive far more requests for undergraduate research than we have opportunities! Priority is given the Columbia astro majors. The Department of Astronomy has setup a centralized system for undergraduate research applications. You can apply at

high school students

We receive an overwhelming number of requests from high school students, so many we often are not able to reply in a timely manner. In general, our team is simply too small to support a body of high school students and our priority is to provide summer research opportunities to Columbia undergraduates as part of their education.