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How to write a killer cover letter for a postdoctoral application

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Many graduate students applying for their first postdoctoral positions underestimate the importance of the cover letter. While it may be true that your awesomeness is beautifully outlined on your curriculum vitae, your cover letter often will dictate whether the busy principal investigator puts your application at the top of the heaping pile or into triage.

First impressions are everything for some people, so leave nothing to chance. If you provide only your CV, you aren’t being very personable, and you lose a precious opportunity to highlight some things that make you stand out. On the other hand, a cover letter is also an opportunity to shoot yourself in the foot, so here are a few do’s and don’ts.

A few do's

Start off right. Address your potential future PI properly, as “Dr. (insert surname here).” If you begin your letter with “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern,” your application could be dismissed as generic and untailored for the position. A letter that appears to come off an assembly line is likely to ride directly into the trash bin. If you do not invest the time to learn about the PI and his or her research, then the PI is not likely to invest the time to read your application.

After the salutation, the first statement should be a formality that states why you are writing to the PI. It is important to respect how hectic a day in the life of a PI can be, so get right to the point — something like, “I am applying for the postdoctoral position available in your laboratory that was recently advertised (where).”

The second sentence should specify your current position, place of work and mentor. If you are not immediately available for hire, it is useful to mention when you will be able to start. End the first paragraph with just one or two concise sentences that hint at why you are the ideal candidate for the position — you will expand on these points next.

In the second paragraph, elaborate on why you should be considered for the postdoc — not just any postdoc, mind you, but this particular postdoc in this particular lab. Yes, it is infinitely easier to use the same cover letter for the dozens of postdoctoral positions for which you are applying, but that is not going to cut it. These uniform letters are easy to detect and usually dismissed as lazy and insincere. If you fail to convince the PI that you are taking the postdoc search seriously, then the PI is not likely to take you seriously. It is essential that you customize your letter, emphasizing how your background is aligned to the PI’s studies and the specifics called for in the advertisement. Consider this the first demonstration to your future PI that you are resourceful and thoughtful — if you fail to do your homework, it does not build confidence that you will be diligent with your project. Equally important to convincing the PI that you have the right stuff is conveying your excitement for learning something special that is studied by his or her lab. Strive to balance what you would give to the lab and what you would gain from it.

In paragraph three, it is time to brag about a few key achievements, such as your most important paper or two, a grant or fellowship, or other notable honors (an award-winning presentation at a conference, for example). You also can briefly mention that you have experience training more junior people if that is the case. But don’t give a laundry list of every minor award — that is why you submit a CV. The cover letter is the trailer, and your CV is the movie.

End your cover letter with the same professionalism you used at the opening. Thank the PI for his or her time and consideration. Be sure to provide your contact information and state that you look forward to hearing from him or her. Everything discussed above should fit onto a single page — 1 ½ pages at most.  

A few don'ts

There are a number of important don’ts that apply to cover letters. Things that might seem trivial to you actually can be turnoffs. Use plain email stationary free of distracting backgrounds or pictures. Choose a font that is not too big, not too small, not in color, definitely not comic sans and NOT IN CAPS. A plain, boring font like 12-point Arial or Helvetica is easy on the sore eyes of a PI struggling to read the 87th postdoc application. At midnight. After struggling with an online manuscript submission. I can hear the chorus of nonconformists arguing that unconventional fonts and graphics make their applications stand out. Of course it does, but I contend that it is a gamble to present yourself in this manner. If you have the goods, you don’t need the glam.

Some applicants waste valuable sentences describing how they “deeply admire” the “esteemed” laboratory or how they always dreamed about working with the PI. When the cover letter is heavy on flattery, the applicant usually is light on talent or productivity. If your cover letter contains significant blocks of text copied straight from the advertisement, you may be construed as someone with poor language skills or unable to paraphrase. It should go without saying that spelling and grammatical mistakes are inexcusable and often taken as a sign of laziness and carelessness — two of the worst attributes a scientist could possess. Finally, avoid slang and attempts at humor, and do not end your sentences with an exclamation point!

I hope these tips help you land that perfect postdoctoral position.

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How to Write a Great Postdoc Cover Letter

While a good cover letter makes an explicit connection between how your past experience will help you succeed in the postdoc position, a great cover letter sparks the PI’s interest and ensures they read your CV. Here are some tips to make sure your cover letter is a great one.

Before you start writing, learn as much as you can about the position and the lab. Do some research on the department’s website and talk to your mentors about the group. It’s also a good idea to take a look at their recent papers to familiarize yourself with the kind of work they do. Once you have a good understanding of the position and group, you can determine which of your qualifications would be most applicable. Be sure to emphasize them in your cover letter.

The Cover Letter Format

A cover letter starts like a formal letter with the date at the top followed by the name and work address of the job poster. This is followed by the salutation. For a postdoc position, you will often be addressing your letter to the PI. However, if it is not clear from the advertisement who the job poster is, you can always address the letter to “members of the search committee).

The Introduction

The opening paragraph should explain why you are writing this letter. Indicate the specific position you are applying for and where you saw it advertised. If another professor at the university or someone the PI knows suggested that you apply for the position, mention it here. Follow it up with a short description of yourself that will allow the reader to place you academically. This could be something like “I am in the final year of my PhD in (field) at (name of university) and will be graduating/defending/finishing in (month). My dissertation is titled (title) and is supervised by Professor (name)”.

The Body Paragraphs

The bulk of your cover letter will be spent demonstrating how you are the right candidate for this postdoc by highlighting your qualifications and showing how they will benefit this specific project. One of the biggest mistakes you make is not tailoring this section to each position you apply for.

In a postdoc cover letter, it is common to dedicate one paragraph to your dissertation or current research project. Summarize your research topic, your key findings or arguments and why they matter to the field.

Now, this next step is important: you must translate your dissertation and previous research to the postdoc project. What expertise will you bring to the project by virtue of your past research that no one else can? Give specific examples that show you understand the proposed projects. Work in reference to you major awards and accomplishments while doing so. Depending on the requirements of the position, it might also be relevant to discuss your teaching experience here. Remember, the theme throughout the body paragraphs should be how your research experience will make this postdoc project successful.

The Final Paragraph

This last paragraph covers some job applicant formalities. In it, you should write that you have attached your CV and other necessary documents in your application. Mention that you look forward to hearing from them and are available to discuss the position further in an interview. Finally, thank them for their consideration before signing off.

Get Feedback

Once you have written your postdoc cover letter, ask your supervisor or a mentor to review it for you. They are likely to have had some experience hiring and will be able to make valuable suggestions from the other side of the table. They can also check that your cover letter is formatted according to the conventions of your field.

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Like any application packet, the postdoc application should present a coherent portrait of you as a potential colleague and postdoc.

The average postdoc application will include some or all of the following materials:

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  • Proposed course
  • Statement of participation in campus community

Postdoc Cover Letter

The job letter or letter of interest for a postdoc application is similar to the academic job letter (see the Academic Statements Guide).

The cover letter should be on letterhead of your department or institution, with one inch margins. Font should be Times New Roman, Garamond, or other standard font, at 12pt. If no length guidelines are given, you probably have two sides, but refer to the application instructions.

Following the academic job letter guide, in the second project paragraph, give your detailed research and publication plan for the duration of the postdoc. If the postdoc involves teaching, you will retain a brief teaching paragraph, but you will include a longer discussion of your proposed course. If teaching is not involved, you may choose to include a brief teaching paragraph or not, as seems good to you.

Instead of the “fit” or “tailoring” paragraph, discuss how you will use the postdoc to write and research, and how you will participate in the scholarly community of the campus. Remember that tailoring is key: you must reframe your past work to fit the topic of the postdoc. Be aware that you are being considered solely on how you will be able to fulfil the topic of the postdoc and how you will incorporate that work into your participation in the departmental and campus community.

Research Proposal

The research proposal should be on plain paper, with one inch margins. Font should be Times New Roman, Garamond, or other standard font, at 12pt. If no length guidelines are given, you should assume you have one side.

Your introduction should explicitly cover the importance of your project. Use the remainder of the research proposal to discuss a concrete and attainable timeline and plan of work. Focus on the publication plan for this project, and conclude by discussing how the postdoc fits into your larger research trajectory and career plan.

Course Proposal

The course proposal should be on plain paper, with one inch margins. Font should be Times New Roman, Garamond, or other standard font, at 12pt. If no length guidelines are given, you should assume you have one side.

Propose a course that is neither so general that anyone could teach it, nor so minutely focused that no student will sign up for it. Tailor the course to both your specific research and the topic of the postdoc. Ideally this course should be timely, rigorous, original, and something that no one but you can offer or do justice to. The course proposal instructions may require that you write a title and catalog description, a proposed syllabus, and perhaps a justification. For the proposed syllabus, make sure you are designing the course around the correct number of weeks of term for your target institution. For the justification, be ready to demonstrate the usefulness of the course in terms of filling a gap in the department catalog, or updating a course previously offered.

Statement of Participation

The statement of participation should be on plain paper, with one inch margins. Font should be Times New Roman, Garamond, or other standard font, at 12pt. If no length guidelines are given, you should assume you have one side.

This statement, if required, is intended to demonstrate that you will be active in your department and on campus while you are there, rather than disappearing into your office, locking the door, and writing your book. You will participate in the life of the department and the scholarly community in concrete ways that you outline based on your careful research into your target department and institution. Consider campus programming or initiatives you’d like to contribute to, or faculty you might collaborate with, and indicate your interest in conferences, campus talks, symposia, speaker series etc.

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Many soon-to-be graduates apply for postdoctoral fellowships in order to gain specialty training in a specific area of health psychology, to start their independent research career, and/or to become eligible for clinical licensure. Most state boards require one year of supervised clinical experience after completing internship in order to be eligible for licensure (approximately 10 states do not as of 2018) but specific requirements vary by state, so be sure to Google the rules and regulations set forth by your state’s board.

August – September: Update Your CV

Give yourself time to add your internship experience, update your dissertation status, and add new skills to your CV. For research postdocs, you’ll want to highlight your research experience, publications, and posters/presentations. For clinical positions, leave the research experience toward the end of your CV in order to highlight your clinical experiences first. Most importantly, have multiple supervisors look it over and provide feedback.

September – December​: Start  Researching Options

The postdoc application timeline is more fluid than internship, so start looking early and expect that new positions will continue to be posted through January (or later!). You’ll find postdoc openings through  APPIC’s UPPD,​  the Div. 38 General Communications listserv (e-mail  [email protected]  to join), this  frequently updated SfHP list ,  APA’s list​ , and word-of-mouth from mentors/supervisors. Most post doc applications will be due December 1st – January 10th, but deadlines can range from the beginning of October through the end of January and newly funded positions will be posted throughout the spring and summer. Applications are typically submitted through  APPIC’s postdoc portal  or e-mailed directly to the postdoc training director.

September – December: Write Your Cover Letters

Most applications will require you to submit a cover letter, CV, 2-4 letters of recommendation, and your graduate transcripts. Postdoc cover letters should be tailored to that site’s specific emphasis, and the cover letter should align with your CV and letters of recommendation. Cover letters are typically 1 – 3 pages depending upon your CV and the type of postdoc. Again, you’ll want to have multiple people proofread and provide feedback on your cover letters.

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This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a postdoc.”

Samples of postdoc cover letters

To get a postdoc position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a postdoc cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”


Dr. Harold Bergman

Enteny University

113 Sunnyside Circle

Enteny, Illinois, 60002

Dear Dr. Bergman,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in Enteny University’s open postdoc laboratory position. I would love to pursue my postdoctoral studies as a member of your team. I am a recent graduate of Bertrum University where I gave my presentation on hydrogen fuel cell viability. You may remember Juan Sosa mentioning my interest in your laboratory at the end of the last school year.

In my research, I focused on developing hydrogen fuel cell delivery and storage solutions focusing specifically on portable applications for military use. In my doctoral studies, I worked to develop charging and backup systems for portable electronic devices (PEDs). Current military operations cannot effectively use fuel alternatives because emergency and frequent charging solutions remain unavailable. Most of my work has revolved around alternative energy-harnessing systems and long-lasting batteries. In my work, I produced fuel cells less susceptible to environmental degradation factors and extreme temperatures. I look forward to continuing my research and working toward miniaturizing fuel cells to improve their PED compatibility as a member of your research team.

I would appreciate the opportunity to continue my research in your laboratory and pursue a long-term future with Enteny University. I believe the nature of my research relates to your lab because, as the leading institution in fuel cell research, my chosen field of study is extremely relevant to your efforts. I think my knowledge and experience surrounding PEDs and battery longevity could aid in your research.

I am a self-motivated, independent researcher with eight years of experience. As a detail-oriented, qualified and creative candidate, I feel my fuel-cell research, grant proposal writing and tutoring experience could be a major asset to your laboratory. I’ve attached my CV and would be very interested in setting up a time to further discuss my skills and qualifications with you. Please let me know if you have questions and I look forward to hearing from you.

Harriet Browne”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

[123 Company Address]

[Company City, State xxxxx]


[[email protected]]

Dear [Dr./Mr./Ms./Mx.] [Hiring Manager’s Last Name],

I am writing to express my interest in a postdoctoral position in your lab. I am a PhD Candidate in the Andrew Dwyer lab at James Hill University expecting to graduate in June 2022. My graduate work, published in Science this year, investigated the RNA virome in various aquatic environments using metagenomic analysis. My future research goals are to apply my computational skills and develop my skills working with non-human primate models to better understand and design therapeutics against pathogenic viruses. I believe my strong background in virus biology, library preparation, and next-generation sequencing analysis make me an ideal candidate to study respiratory disease viruses in your lab.

In my thesis lab, we use viral evolution to find trends that unite eukaryotic disease viruses. However, our current picture of RNA virus taxonomy is still incomplete, with the five-clade organization largely informed by human and agricultural animal and plant studies.

Therefore, to refine and complete our understanding of the global RNA virome, I sampled multiple complex aquatic environments and performed metagenome analysis. Confirming that the five-phyla classification based on RdRP sequence comparisons holds true, my analysis nearly tripled the number of currently known RNA viruses.

Host assignments proved to be tricky during my thesis. But I tackled this problem through various methods, including developing machine learning algorithms and comparing RNA viruses to size-separated microbial preparations subjected to DNA and RNA sequencing. I am continuing to characterize the novel and more highly divergent RdRPs discovered by our sampling. Also I mentor one graduate and one undergraduate student with their independent projects drawn from my work.

While I have focused primarily on RNA virus ecology and evolution during my graduate work, I am comfortable extending my research to studying RNA viruses in human disease. I collaborated with Dr. Henry Fields on a publication, currently under review at Frontiers in Immunology, studying rhesus macaque responses to MERS-CoV. The skills I learned through our collaboration, as well as from electives and literature search in immunology and human virology, have prepared me well to transition from studying viruses to studying virus-host interactions. Additionally, I look forward to applying my computational skills toward single-cell sequencing analysis examining the effects of age, diet fat content, and viral strain on primate responses to SARS-CoV-2 challenges, building on the methods and results in your recent Cell Reports Medicine paper. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to talk with you more about my fit in your lab. Thank you for your time and consideration.

“Anshu Mahajan

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

+91 84 90184020

[email protected]


Pondicherry, 10.01.2022

Kajol Samra

Head of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Pondicherry University

Chinna Kalapet

Kalapet, Puducherry

Dear Ms. Samra,

As an alumnus of Pondicherry University, I was thrilled to learn about the Post-Doctoral Fellow position available at the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. During my PhD studies at Pondicherry University, I researched the relationship between circadian regulation and neurodegenerative diseases and wrote my doctoral thesis “Circadian activity and memory performance in Alzheimer’s patients” under the supervision of professor Qadim Ray. Seeing that Pondicherry University hopes to move to the forefront of neurodegenerative disease research with a new team led by professor Abbas Sengupta, I believe that my analytical skills and academic experience could be a great asset to this programme.

The fellowship offer mentions you’re looking for candidates skilled in the areas of lab management, cytometry for apoptosis detection, and data collection. I am happy to say that I possess all of those qualities:

  • Lab management: During my PhD research, I collaborated with fellow doctoral students to create a lab maintenance plan, which included up-to-date information on equipment booking, planned activities, instrument inventory, scheduling details, and a list of consumables and chemical supplies for restocking. By implementing this system, we were able to reduce the instances of conflicting activities by 67% within two months, and we maintained a stock of consumables and chemical supplies 88% of the time.
  • Cytometry for apoptosis detection: I am familiar with various methods of apoptosis detection, having conducted flow cytometry to detect changes appearing in organelles, monitor activation of caspase 3, oversee changes to the plasma membrane, and changes in the nuclear DNA, using cells at a concentration of 1×106 cells/ml.
  • Data collection: For my doctoral thesis, I have conducted 74 detailed interviews with Alzheimer’s patients, covering their current memory-related symptoms, overall health, family history, and sleeping habits. I have compared this information with data gathered using sleep trackers that collected information about sleep cycles. Instead of paper copies, I have used Excel spreadsheets and Cloud solutions for storing information, which helped to speed up the process of pulling up specific data by 89%.

What makes me particularly interested in your post-doctorate fellowship program is the chance to continue my research. Having worked with Alzheimer’s patients, I have seen first-hand how this disease influences the quality of life of not just the patients themselves, but also their loved ones. I believe that working together with other researchers under the guidance of professor Abbas Sengupta can lead to significant discoveries in the nature of neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, I have observed how another team of researchers at Pondicherry University achieved a major breakthrough in the study of endosome function and dysfunction. I believe that professor Sengupta’s team can replicate this success and lead to a better understanding of diseases that afflict over 50 million people worldwide.

I can’t wait to discuss my ideas for managing data gathered by professor Sengupta’s team and for introducing changes to laboratory procedures to create a smooth workflow. Could we schedule a meeting next week to discuss how my research experience can contribute to this project?

Anshu Mahajan


“Dear Professor Knightly,

Having completed my doctorate in Slavonic Studies last semester, I am applying to continue my Postdoc research in the area of the Old Church Slavonic language.

Researching the homeland and language of the Slavs has always been a passion and I have undertaken many translation projects that have contributed to the modern understanding of how language influenced the early Slavonic church in the Moravian Empire.

I will be spending much of my Postdoc period in libraries across Eastern Europe, presenting at local symposia and writing my second book on the development of early Proto Slavic and Common Slavonic languages in conjunction with a number of leaders in the field. My travel has mostly been funded by the publishers, but given the considerable expense in my work I am continuing to request the bursary from the university.

I teach classes for local students and will continue to lead seminars six times a year on my return trips to Chicago. I enclose my latest research paper for your interest. It has received critical acclaim in over 15 industry publications. After analyzing over 2,000 church manuscripts, it is fascinating to see the evolution.

I was proud to receive my doctorate, but the work is just beginning. Understanding the origins of language is helping to unlock the secrets of the early Slav Church – exploring many of the rituals that still hold firm to this day.

Simon Bartley”

“New Haven, June 26, 2020

Professor B. Hawthorne

Faculty Search Committee

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305

Dear Professor Hawthorne,

I am writing to apply for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford. I am completing my PhD in Clinical Psychology and Criminology at Yale University under the direction of Professor Mark Fisher with an expected graduation date of May 2021.

Within my research, I have focused on a multidisciplinary approach to examining the nature of self harm and how social support networks affect the likelihood of self-harm being fatal. The thesis ‘Cry for Help: Non-Suicidal Self-Harm Characteristics’ takes 128 participants aged 15-39, 50% male and 50% female. Analyzing quantitative statistical data on the angle and depth of NSSH, the comparison versus factors such as time of contact with therapist, standardized family awareness of issues, number of social support network points as well as self-reported severity of suicidal ideation found the following.

It was found that severity of suicidal ideation didn’t reliably predict the severity of NSSH, i.e. its actual objective risk to life. However, it was found that gender was a reliable predictor of location of NSSH, with females mostly harming their arms and legs, while males were more likely to harm their chest and private areas. It was also found that the combined strength of social support was a significant predictor in the severity of NSSH, i.e. depth and angle. Early time of contact with a therapist was not affecting severity of NSSH, but had a significant correlation with frequency of harm.

With the NCHS reporting a 30% increase in death by suicide in the United States between 2000 and 2016, it is a highly pressing issue to reverse engineer the factors that lead to heightened risk, and many scholars consider NSSH a stage in the development of fatal suicidal ideation. The next part of my study intends to look at the relationship between strength of social support for young males and risk of online political and religious radicalization, another great risk to our civilization in these uncertain times, and there aren’t many better places to conduct this study than Stanford. My approach is highly informed by the modern machine learning cross-factor analysis that has been innovated by Professor Musk, and upon which I based my own analysis.

I am well-prepared to do my part teaching as well as researching, having taught a range of courses in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology and Statistics, such as ‘Radicalization: Social and Scientific Factors’ which has been wildly successful with the undergraduates at Yale, and grew from 7 students signed up in 2018 to over 55 in 2020. All in all, I have taught 400+ undergraduates and mentored 20+ master’s students, and achieved increasing participation in courses designed by me year and year, and higher than average results on all previously-established courses.

I am enclosing my curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, as well as copies of transcripts. I also attach letters of reference from Dr Smith, Dr Jones, and Robert Martinson. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I could provide additional information or materials that will aid you in the evaluation of my application. I am available for interview during the next Criminology conference at Stanford, or by phone or email at any other time.

Best Regards,

Sam Marks PhD


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Dear[Mention the name of the recipient]

I’m interested in the postdoctoral position in your lab. I completed my PhD under the supervision of [Mention the name of the doctor], Director, [mention the name], and am currently employed as a senior research fellow in her [mention the name] laboratory.

My thesis has been submitted to the University, and I am looking forward to the Viva-Voice, that will be held soon. I would be available to join your lab right now.

I’m quite interested in working on T cell activation and maturation. During my graduate studies, I became interested in inflammation and the processes that control T cell function. T cell signalling fascinates me, especially how diverse signals like TCR, cytokine signalling, and co-receptors like xxx and TLR interact to trigger T cell proliferation and differentiation. 

How Notch affects E3-mediated xxx signal strength T cell differentiation is influenced by E3-ubiquitin ligases. Other areas that interest me are the NF-B signaling kinetics in T cells and the involvement of Notch signaling in the development of lipid rafts and the immunological synapse.

My master’s thesis looked at inflammatory diseases in [Mention the disease] and the impact of immunosuppressive substances and cells in the tumor microenvironment. During my Ph.D., I researched both lymphoid and myeloid cells. I looked at the different regulators of T cell signaling (both positive and negative) and how they affect T cell function in cancer. 

The fundamental motivation for this research is to learn more about the molecular pathways of T cell functions and how they interact with tumors.

A copy of my CV and thesis is enclosed.

I eagerly await your response.

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I’m writing to express my genuine interest in the open postdoctoral laboratory position at [Mention the name]. As a member of your team, I would love to continue my postdoctoral studies. I recently graduated from[Mention the University], where I gave a presentation on the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cells. [mention the name] may recall my curiosity in his laboratory at the close of the previous academic year.

My research concentrated on creating [Mention the name of the thesis], with a particular emphasis on portable military applications. I worked on developing charging and backup methods for portable electronic gadgets during my doctoral studies (PEDs). Because urgent and regular charging solutions are still lacking, current military activities cannot efficiently utilize alternative fuels. 

The majority of my work has been focused on alternate energy harvesting devices and long-term energy storage batteries that last a long time. In my research, I developed fuel cells that are more resistant to environmental degradation and severe temperatures. As a member of your research team, I am excited to continue my research and work towards miniaturizing fuel cells to increase their PED compatibility.

I’d be grateful for the chance to continue my study in your lab and build a long-term relationship with [Mention the name]. Because your lab is the premier institution in fuel cell research, I believe the topic of my research is pertinent to your efforts. I believe my knowledge and experience with PEDs and battery life could help you with your research.

I’m an [mention the number]-old self-motivated and autonomous researcher. My fuel-cell study, grant proposal writing, and tutoring expertise, as a detail-oriented, qualified, and innovative candidate, might be of great value to your laboratory. I’ve included my CV and would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my abilities and qualifications further. Please contact me if you have any questions, and I eagerly await your response.

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I was thrilled to read about your opportunity for a postdoc research associate in American literature since I have long supported Rush University’s dedication to the preservation and education of the English language and its literature. I am convinced that my expertise will be an advantage to the University, having just defended my doctoral thesis on the impact of globalization on American English semantics & having taught for several years.

I know that [mention the place] University wants to go beyond teaching students and become an open source of information for anybody who is interested. While at [Mention the name of the college], I collaborated with a group of Ph.D. students to develop a free, open educational platform that explained scholarly articles in English philology in a way that anyone outside academia could understand. 

This resulted in a [mention the amount] % increase. An increase in media attention led to an increase in student applications the next semester. I also taught three distinct electives that enhanced students’ knowledge of the history of English grammar and the usage of English in immigrant literature in order to provide students with a broader knowledge base and context for understanding current linguistic developments.

[Mention the name of place] University is regarded as having one of the greatest English programs in the country, which further adds to my enthusiasm for this potential opportunity. I’d like to expand and enhance my understanding of how particular linguistic notions have evolved in modern English usage.

Can we talk about establishing [Mention the name of place] University’s open learning platform on the phone next week?

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I’m writing to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position at [Mention the name]. I’m working on my PhD in Clinical Psychology and Criminology at [Mention the University], where I’ll graduate in [Mention the year] under the supervision of Professor [mention the name].

My research has taken an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the nature of self-harm and how social ties influence the likelihood of self-harm becoming lethal. The thesis ‘[Mention the name] includes 128 participants, 50 percent male and 50 percent female, ranging in age from 15 to 39.

The comparison of characteristics such as time of contact with a therapist, standardized family knowledge of difficulties, number of social support network points, and self-reported severity of suicidal thoughts with quantitative statistical data on the angle and depth of NSSH found the following.

It was discovered that the intensity of suicidality did not predict exactly the severity of [Mention the name], i.e. the risk to one’s life. Gender, on the other hand, was found to be a reliable predictor of NSSH location, with females more likely to damage their arms and legs and males more likely to injure their chest and private parts.

The combined strength of welfare protection was also found to be a significant marker of the degree of NSSH, i.e. profundity and angle. The severity of NSSH was not affected by early interaction with a therapist, but it did have a strong link with the frequency of injury.

I’ve attached my curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and transcript copies. I’ve also included letters of recommendation from [Mention the name], as well as [mention the name]. If you require any further information or materials to assist you in evaluating my application, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available for an interview during [Mention the name]’s upcoming Criminology conference or via phone or email at any time.

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Required and preferred skills.

A background in analysis of large biological datasets, such as DNA sequencing datasets after CUT&Run/CUT&Tag and CHIP-seq assays, RNA-sequencing datasets, whole exome sequencing datasets, single-cell sequencing datasets, is required.

The position requires a Ph.D. in computational/bioinformatics biology, genetics, genomics, computer science or data science with a focus on cancer epigenetics (analysis of ChIP-seq or CUT&RUN/CUT&Tag derived datasets). Experience in using data science tools is necessary.

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CISS Invites Applications for Postdoctoral Fellow Position

  • By: Deborah Carr
  • November 20, 2023

Call for Applicants: Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Innovation in Social Science in the College of Arts & Sciences, Boston University

The Center for Innovation in Social Science at Boston University was established by the College of Arts and Sciences in 2021 to support, incubate, and promote innovative interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. The Center has more than 100 faculty affiliates, two dozen graduate student affiliates, and postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. It also provides a forum for established and new workshops focused on cutting-edge topics in the social sciences, bringing together faculty and graduate students from multiple disciplines sharing substantive research interests ranging from social inequalities to health to climate change. The Center is now recruiting one postdoctoral scholar whose research focuses on social and economic inequalities, broadly defined. Postdoctoral fellows will work closely with a faculty mentor, and will participate in professional development programs alongside second year CISS postdocs and participants in other postdoctoral programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at BU.

CISS invites promising early-career scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to join a vibrant community committed to excellent, innovative research and teaching; interdisciplinary scholarship; and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy. CISS Postdoctoral Scholars receive faculty mentoring, opportunities for teaching, professional development, and interdisciplinary networking. This program is open to all scholars who employ social science theories or methods in their work; we are particularly interested in outstanding scholars whose research spans disciplinary divisions.

Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2024.  Please read the Eligibility Requirements,  Application Requirements , and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages before beginning your application.  All questions should be directed CISS Administrator Shannon Landis at [email protected]. Applications should be submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/26669.

Terms of Appointment

Term Length

CISS Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed for a term of two years, with the possibility of applying for a third year. Scholars will be encouraged to seek external funding for a third year (workshops on grant and fellowship application writing are included in the program’s professional development workshops and supports). The position start date is September 1, 2024.

Compensation and Resources

CISS Postdoctoral Scholars whose appointments begin in the 2024-25 academic year receive an annual (12-month) stipend of $65,000, plus  benefits . Scholars also receive an annual allowance of $3,000 for research expenses and a one-time computer allowance of up to $2,000.


For the current application period, CISS invites applications from early-career scholars who have completed (or will complete) their doctoral degree requirements between January 1, 2021, and September 1, 2024. Candidates will be asked to provide proof of completion of their doctoral degree requirements prior to the start of the program.

This program is open to all fields of inquiry represented in the social sciences but preference will be given to scholars whose research spans across traditional disciplinary divisions or modes of inquiry. If you have questions about whether your field of study is eligible, please contact the Center Director Deborah Carr at [email protected].

Preference will be given to those candidates who have not yet held a postdoctoral position and who do not hold a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position. Current BU postdoctoral associates and fellows and candidates who received their Ph.D. from Boston University are not eligible. Applicants who received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from BU are eligible.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States by September 1, 2024. CISS does not provide visa sponsorship or work authorization.

Program Details

Affiliations and Mentoring

The Center will serve as the host unit for the Postdoctoral Scholar. Applicants also will be encouraged to participate in events and programming in the CAS department(s) most closely aligned with their academic background and training.

All Scholars will be assigned one or more suitable faculty mentors from our CISS affiliates. Scholars and their mentors will meet regularly throughout the program for research and career advising, and will meet at the end of each academic year to review the Scholar’s progress. Scholars will collaboratively develop a career plan with their mentor that describes their activities in the program and how they connect to their overall career goals.

The Center will also provide guidance and mentorship through a series of regular professional development workshops focused on publishing, grantsmanship, teaching, media impact, writing CVs and cover letters, and other skills essential to a successful academic career. Workshops also will focus on the pursuit of non-academic careers for social science PhDs. The Center also collaborates with other programs on campus, including the Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs office and CAS Society of Fellows program, for shared training and networking events, as described below.

Teaching Responsibilities

Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to teach one undergraduate course per academic year and will work with their faculty mentors on developing course curricula that incorporate their research interests. Scholars, their mentors, and CISS leadership will work with the Scholars’ preferred academic department to determine appropriate teaching responsibilities in the Spring ’25 semester and AY ’25-26. If desired, Postdoctoral Scholars may discuss with their mentor and host unit additional teaching responsibilities that would complement their research or professional development aims and meet departmental needs. Scholars may not teach or hold employment at other institutions for the duration of their term as a Postdoctoral Scholar.

The Center will provide Postdoctoral Scholars with professional development training and opportunities as part of the Society’s regular programming and in collaboration with the University’s  Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs Office , which hosts the  Postdoc Academy  and a range of other career-related resources for postdoctoral associates and fellows at BU. Upon arrival, Scholars will also participate in new postdoc orientation to better understand the full range of offices and resources for postdoctoral scholars at BU.

Application Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Cover Letter-  maximum of 2 pages. Address why you are specifically interested in the Center for Innovation in Social Science at Boston University, and why you are interested in being part of an interdisciplinary cohort. (Optional: you are welcome to include names of faculty affiliates you would be interested in working with).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research and Scholarly Goals  – up to 2 pages (not including citations or references). Description of intended research plans for the program, previous research and scholarly work, and how your work aligns with the research strengths of CISS, including its commitment to research that broadly illuminates social inequalities and advances social justice and inclusio The statement should describe your research in clear, concise language that can be understood by faculty reviewers across disciplines. Please also briefly mention the type(s) of mentorship you would like to receive during the fellowship period (e.g., methodological, theoretical, professional development).
  • Diversity & Inclusion Statement – up to 2 pages. Statement should describe applicant’s demonstrated commitment and contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through scholarship, teaching, service, and/or outreach activities. Applicants are encouraged to include their personal experiences with diversity and inclusion, including (but not limited to) their experience as a member of an underrepresented group, their engagement with diverse communities, and/or any professional training in diversity and inclusivity.
  • Teaching Statement/Philosophy – up to 2 pages. Describe your teaching philosophy and interests, drawing on both formal and informal experiences in teaching, mentoring, and pedagogy.
  • Contact information for up to 3 reference letter writers – one letter must come from the applicant’s doctoral advisor. CISS will request letters for finalists only.

All materials must be submitted through  Academic Jobs Online Materials should be single-spaced and written in Times New Roman or Arial font (11 pt or larger).

Graduate transcripts are not required in your application materials, but the Center will request an official transcript from your doctoral degree-granting institution if you are selected as a finalist. Applicants who advance in the review process may be asked to provide a dissertation abstract and writing samples at a later date. Some will also be asked to interview via Zoom for the position.

Selection Process

An interdisciplinary selection committee comprised of Center leadership, affiliates, and Steering Committee members will review applications in consultation with the potential host unit(s) of the candidate. Faculty reviewers will evaluate candidates based on:

  • Alignment of applicant’s research goals and interests with CISS and the academic department which would serve as the applicant’s secondary home.
  • Interdisciplinary strengths of applicant’s work
  • Innovative and focused research proposal, teaching statement, and DEI statement
  • Ability of the applicant to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in higher education through their research, teaching, service, and lived experiences.
  • Preparation and relevant experience for conducting the proposed research during the postdoctoral scholarship and for teaching BU undergraduates.
  • Ability to communicate scholarly work to multiple disciplines and audiences.

Candidates will be notified of final decisions by mid-February. Alternates may be contacted if the initial awardees do not accept in the subsequent weeks.

Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Innovation in Social Science in the College of Arts & Sciences, Boston University

If you have further questions after reviewing the website and the FAQs, please contact [email protected]

I received my Ph.D. over three years ago. Am I still eligible to apply for this program?

No. Only applicants who have completed or will complete their Ph.D. or terminal degree requirements between January 1, 2021 and September 1, 2024 are eligible for the program.

I received my Ph.D. from Boston University. Am I eligible to apply for this program?

No. Candidates who received their Ph.D. from Boston University are not eligible to apply. Current BU doctoral students and postdoctoral associates and fellows are also ineligible. Applicants who received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from BU are eligible.

I will receive my Ph.D. after September 1 of next year. Am I still eligible to apply this fall?

No. Candidates will be asked to provide proof of completion of their doctoral degree requirements prior to the start of the program on September 1, 2024. You would be eligible to apply for the following year.

Can I apply if I have a terminal degree (e.g., JD, MD, MFA, MBA, or EdD), but not a Ph.D.?

Yes. Applicants with terminal degrees in their respective field may apply as long as they are preparing for a career in university teaching and research.

If I have applied for another postdoctoral position at Boston University, can I still apply?

Yes. If you have applied to another Boston University postdoctoral position, you are still welcome to apply for this program. However, you must disclose this in your cover letter.

I am currently an assistant professor. Am I eligible to apply?

This program is designed to give new scholars the opportunity to become more competitive candidates for tenure-track faculty appointments. Preference will be given to candidates who do not have a tenure-track appointment. Candidates with a tenure-track appointment will only be considered if they are able to provide a clear and compelling explanation of how they would further the goals of the CISS Postdoctoral Scholar program.

I currently hold F-1/J-1/H-1B (or other) immigration status. Am I eligible for the program?

The program does not provide visa sponsorship or work authorization.

I received my Ph.D. from a non-U.S. institution. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, the program is open to applicants who have received their Ph.D. from a non-U.S. institution. However, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

I am unable to relocate to the BU campus. Am I still eligible to apply?

No. Scholars are required to reside in the Boston area and actively engage with the Center and their host unit in-person.

Am I eligible to reapply if I am not selected this year?

Yes. Applicants not selected this year are eligible to reapply as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria in place at the time of the application. You must submit a new application each time you wish to be considered.

Are Scholars eligible to apply for a tenure-track position at BU, should one open up during the program period?

Yes, Scholars are eligible and encouraged to apply for appropriate faculty positions at BU. Postdoctoral Scholar status does not affect the outcome of one’s application; evaluation of job applicants is carried out independently by the hiring department/unit. However, candidates should not apply to the Scholars program with the expectation that it will lead to a tenure-track position at BU.


All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Monday January 15, 2024.

What should I include in my statement of research and scholarly goals?

The statement should provide a description of your previous research and scholarly work, your intended research plans if you were to receive the Postdoc, and how your work would align with the research strengths of the Center.

Should I send my graduate transcripts along with my online application?

No. The Center does not require transcripts to be sent with your online application. However, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) may request official graduate transcripts from your doctoral-degree granting institution if you are selected as a finalist.

Am I required to identify a mentor on my application?

No, but you are welcome to include a list of faculty you would be interested in working with. All Scholars will be assigned one or more suitable faculty mentors from among our Faculty Affiliates.

May I email, mail, or fax my application materials to you?

No. We are only able to review applications that are submitted through the AJO portal.

May I submit additional materials beyond the requirements?

No. We are only able to review the requested materials.

May I submit any application materials in a language other than English?

No. All application materials must be submitted in English.

May I revise my application or provide additional/updated materials after I have submitted it?

Yes. Your application materials may be updated on Academic Jobs Online up until the application deadline.

May I submit any application materials after the deadline?

No. All application materials must be finalized and submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, January 15, 2023.

Do I need to submit my reference letters with my application?

No. During the open application period, we will only be asking applicants to submit the names and contact information of their referees with their applications. Only applicants who are selected for further consideration will be asked to submit Letters of Reference.

Are there sample applications available for review?

No, we do not provide sample applications for review. We encourage you to closely review the requirements for the requested materials and to consult with your current academic advisor on how to develop a competitive application.

What should I do if I wish to withdraw my application?

Applicants who would like to withdraw their application must email the Center at [email protected].

Review and Selection

Who will review my application?

An interdisciplinary selection committee made up of Center leadership, steering committee members, and Faculty Affiliates will review applications.

What does the selection committee focus on when reviewing applications?

Candidates will be assessed according to the strength of their research proposal, teaching statement, and DEI statement, as well as the interdisciplinary strength of their work and the fit of their research goals and interests with the Center. Candidates will also be assessed on their ability to communicate effectively across different disciplines and audiences.

When are the final decisions announced?

Final decisions will be announced by late February 2023. Alternates may be contacted if the initial awardee does not accept.

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2024 portal postdoctoral fellowship.

Posted by hagansa2 on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 in Announcements .

PORTAL is accepting applications for its 2024 Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School invites its 2024 round of applications for postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical law and health services research.

Applications are invited from researchers with doctoral degrees (J.D., M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or equivalent) or who will complete such training by July 2024.

Fellows will have an appointment at Harvard Medical School, receive close mentorship from PORTAL and Division faculty, and engage in projects intended to start their careers in law and public health.

Current and past fellows have studied FDA regulation, patents, drug access and costs, and competition in the therapeutic marketplace. Other areas of focus include the relationship between intellectual property and drug costs and availability, ethical issues affecting the pharmaceutical market, drug comparative effectiveness, as well as the development, approval, and evidence-based use of drugs, devices, vaccines, and diagnostics.

Fellowship length will vary depending on the candidate (minimum: 1 year).

Please send the following materials to PORTAL Project Coordinator Matt Martin ( [email protected] ):

  • Writing Sample
  • Cover Letter describing your past work, ideas for the kind of research you’d like to do in the fellowship, and career goals

Application deadline: January 5, 2024

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Opinion Readers respond to a Hamas cartoon

Editor’s note: As editor of the opinion section, I am responsible for what appears in its pages and on its screens. The section depends on my judgment. A cartoon we published by Michael Ramirez on the war in Gaza , a cartoon whose publication I approved, was seen by many readers as racist. This was not my intent. I saw the drawing as a caricature of a specific individual, the Hamas spokesperson who celebrated the attacks on unarmed civilians in Israel.

However, the reaction to the image convinced me that I had missed something profound, and divisive, and I regret that. Our section is aimed at finding commonalities, understanding the bonds that hold us together, even in the darkest times.

In this spirit, we have taken down the drawing. We are also publishing a selection of responses to the caricature. And we will continue to make the section home to a range of views and perspectives, including ones that challenge readers. This is the spirit of opinion journalism, to move imperfectly toward a constructive exchange of ideas at all possible speed, listening and learning along the way. — David Shipley , Opinion Editor

Letters from readers

The Nov. 8 editorial cartoon has been perceived as deeply malicious and offensive by a considerable number of readers, including me.

The caricatures employ racial stereotypes that were offensive and disturbing. Depicting Arabs with exaggerated features and portraying women in derogatory, stereotypical roles perpetuates racism and gender bias, which is wholly unacceptable.

The essence of responsible journalism lies in its ability to give voice to those who might not have one, to champion transparency and to promote informed dialogue. When content is published that contradicts these principles, it raises legitimate questions about the editorial processes, integrity and reliability.

Hind Kamal , Fairfax

There is no topic in reporting in which word choice is as fraught as in reporting on the Gaza Strip. Why does The Post not subject the visual language of its cartoons to the same scrutiny?

I am a scholar of religion and media; I recognize a deeply racist depiction of the “heathen” and his barbarous cruelty toward women and children when I see it again in Michael Ramirez’s Nov. 8 editorial cartoon. It is in no way informative, helpful or thought-provoking to look at this conflict through the glasses of 19th-century colonialists.

Suzanne van Geuns , Princeton, N.J.

The writer is a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Culture, Society and Religion at Princeton University.

Michael Ramirez’s Nov. 8 editorial cartoon depicted a Hamas representative tying women and children to himself to use as human shields, then blaming Israel for their deaths. Though no one disputes that Hamas hides in civilian areas to evade the Israeli army, this cartoon amounted to an attempt at excusing Israeli war crimes.

Every major human rights organization has accused Israel of committing war crimes with its massive and indiscriminate bombing campaigns of civilian areas. So, thousands of Palestinian children are getting killed, not because Israel is making a pinpointed effort to kill Hamas and failing but because Israel is making no meaningful effort to spare civilians.

The Israeli military also has a documented record of using Palestinian civilians as human shields and has protested the Israeli Supreme Court’s 2005 ban of the practice. Even after the ban, the Israeli military still occasionally used Palestinian children as human shields.

In light of all this, laying the deaths of Palestinian civilians at the feet of Hamas instead of the people actually killing them is a gross mischaracterization of the situation.

Omar Baddar , Washington

Michael Ramirez’s Nov. 8 editorial cartoon depicting Hamas hostages with the Hamas character condemning Israeli attacks on civilians was full of bias and prejudice.

Is the message meant to be that Israel is justified in bombing civilians? And is the Palestinian flag on one side of the cartoon meant to conflate Hamas with all Palestinians? And is the background photo — on the other side of the cartoon, of the Dome of the Rock meant to conflate Hamas ideology with Islam? Ramirez ought to have thought about these elements in the cartoon. They are offensive not only to Muslims, but to me and all of my Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers.

Philip Farah , Vienna

The writer is a co-founder and board member of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace.

Michael Ramirez’s Nov. 8 editorial cartoon showing babies strapped to a Hamas leader is clearly intended to criticize Hamas for using civilians as cover. But Mr. Ramirez unintentionally put his finger on the reason Israel’s response is indefensible: If everyday police encountered a similar one-on-one hostage situation, nobody would support a solution that involved murdering all the children just to get the bad guy. Instead they would negotiate, negotiate, negotiate — and put all their effort into saving lives.

Only when Israel starts working that hard to rescue the innocent hospital patients that Hamas is hiding behind will it be able to claim the high ground.

Geoff Kuenning , Claremont, Calif.

I was profoundly dismayed over the blatant mockery of human beings in the Nov. 8 editorial cartoon. This caricature is outrageously offensive, not only to the Arabs who are unfairly portrayed but also to the countless innocent lives lost in the ongoing war. It is a morally reprehensible depiction that implies a justification for the deaths of more than 10,000 individuals , with the overwhelming majority being women and children. An apology, not just to readers, but to the countless victims of Israel’s heinous actions, is in order.

Diana Barahona , Columbia

Finally, an editorial cartoon that captured the essence of the Hamas terrorism. Please keep it up.

Henry Romberg , Round Hill, Va.

I object in the strongest terms to the Nov. 8 editorial cartoon by Michael Ramirez. As I write, 10,000 Gazans, including more than 4,000 children , have been killed. Based on the Israeli army’s own count of having successfully targeted 60 Hamas leaders, the civilian kill rate in the Gaza Strip is now at 99.5 percent. If mere logic was what was at play, Mr. Ramirez’s regurgitation of one of the Israeli military’s favorite talking points could not possibly explain how we find ourselves at such a catastrophically skewed percentage of civilian deaths.

But it is not just logic that is at play. It is also morality. It is the height of irresponsibility for a publication with the history and reach of The Post to publish a cartoon that encourages people to continue justifying the atrocities taking place in Gaza 31 days into its bombardment and after an untold amount of human suffering. To do so while trading in the same grotesque, racist imagery that has jeopardized Arabs’ and Muslims’ safety since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is all the more distressing.

What is happening in Gaza, in the words of Craig Mokhiber, a former high commissioner for human rights with the United Nations, is a “ textbook case of genocide .” Mr. Ramirez’s rhetoric enables it.

Nora Eltahawy , San Jose

From the comments section

What a statement Michael Ramirez made in his Nov. 8 editorial cartoon. I wonder whether he would try to caricature the brutal killing, land dispossession, ethnic cleansing and apartheid oppression that Israel has perpetrated over the past 75 years and continues? Let’s see some real bravery, not this self-indulgent, self-righteous parroting of the Israeli government’s line and craven mainstream media miscoverage. Yeesh. — Tru2Pow

He might not be able to do that, because he might have read the actual history of the past 75 years of the conflict, in which the Arabs have initiated multiple wars to destroy Israel. — Squidoo

Michael Ramirez has perfectly depicted the question no one has been able to answer: How do you eliminate Hamas without civilian casualties? Hamas is getting what it wanted: martyrdom for all its citizens, opprobrium for Israel and a new generation of traumatized children primed to join the cause. — roaxle

The cartoon captures that the so-called human shields are little more than hostages. It doesn’t matter what they think when they have no power to change their situation. — SmarterthantheaverageBear1

So if a mass shooter eluding police runs into your neighborhood, you would be cool with authorities bombing the whole neighborhood and killing everyone to get him? I didn’t think so. — Wheresthecenter

Hamas is not only there to kill Jews but to kill the possibility of peace. — Al Gorhythm

Hamas does use human shields. Callously, its top leaders tell ordinary Palestinians not to flee Gaza in the face of bombardment while they stay well away from the danger zone, living a prosperous life in total safety. — GI Joanne

Yes, what Hamas did is a terrible crime against humanity. But it seems Israel feels justified in killing the terrorist by shooting innocents as well. How many dead Palestinian children will it take to pay back for the dead Israeli children? This cartoon had no redeeming value. We all know how evil Hamas is with its way of waging war. Israel is not doing enough to avoid the slaughter of innocents. More than 10,000 dead Palestinians vs. 1,400 Israelis. And the butcher’s bill is still mounting up. And that’s not counting the noncombat deaths that will result from the humanitarian crisis. — Dr. Bill S

How about Hamas release the hostages and come out with its hands up? — Atllaw

Maybe it’s not about exacting a number of dead civilians for revenge (at least one would hope ) but a military objective of taking out a threat that has attacked before and will attack again that’s right next door. Hamas built a system of tunnels going right into Israel’s territory to keep repeating the attacks. Hamas has proved its brutality and is committed to the elimination or extermination of a Jewish state, as echoed by America’s university activists “from the river to the sea”; it’s their objective, and it’s written black on white. If Israel didn’t have the Iron Dome, the number of dead Israelis would have far outnumbered the number of fallen Palestinians long ago. Any government that has a sense of responsibility for the security of its people shouldn’t stop until the threat is eliminated. However, it should be mindful of civilians and make every effort to minimize the deaths of the many innocent. But the other side uses ambulances to move military assets, and it’s built a system of human shields to the point that any action taken against Hamas results in the loss of innocent lives. — Giant-slayer

The cowardice of Hamas does not diminish the crime of choosing to bomb civilians instead of going in and taking responsibility for who is shot. Israel could end the bombing. It could go in and fight on the ground. There would be more casualties to the Israel Defense Forces, but at least they wouldn’t need to flatten apartment buildings and refugee camps. — Middle-aged News

If a terrorist took a family hostage, you wouldn’t think it was okay for the police just to blow up the crime scene. I am for peace. Hamas is not. If the Gazans’ reaction to the action taken by Hamas on Oct. 7 was to recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization and do everything to turn over every member of Hamas to a governing authority that would try them as terrorists, then I would see that they are working for peace. But I suspect that some Gazans support Hamas and cheered the action taken on Oct. 7. I don’t like the killing of civilians on either side, but I understand why it is happening. — Onewouldthink

I care very much about those innocent people suffering in Gaza. Do you think Hamas cares about the Palestinian civilians? Hamas brought this upon them. It is hoarding fuel that can power the hospitals. It can release the hostages and bring about a cease-fire. It can surrender and stop the war. Yet some blame only Israel, which was attacked by a group who slaughtered and rejoiced — and has promised to do it over and over again. — Lets be honest

Whatever one thinks of the political point being made, the depiction of Hamas is a grotesque racist caricature, and anyone — sympathetic to Israel or not — should recognize that. — DavidHK-NYC

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