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How to find a science postdoctoral position. Carol Thornber, PhD Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences University of Rhode Island [email protected] Talk Outline. What is a postdoc? How do you find postdoc openings? Getting the most out of your postdoc. What is a postdoc?.

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How to find a science postdoctoral position

How to find a science postdoctoral position

Carol Thornber, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

University of Rhode Island

[email protected]


Talk outline
Talk Outline

  • What is a postdoc?

  • How do you find postdoc openings?

  • Getting the most out of your postdoc


What is a postdoc
What is a postdoc?

  • Need PhD or equivalent (e.g. MD)

  • Full time research/teaching

  • Appointment from 1-5 years

  • Supervised by mentor/advisor

  • Prep. for professional/academic career

  • Independent or on someone’s grant


History of postdocs
History of postdocs

  • First postdocs-- 1876-- at Johns Hopkins U.

  • Recent increase in postdocs

    • In 1975: 16,000 postdocs

    • In 1995: 35,00 postdocs

    • Today: over 50,000 postdocs

    • Out of 350 doctorate-granting institutions surveyed, more than two-thirds from 50 institutions


What types of postdocs exist
What types of postdocs exist?

  • Academia

  • Government

  • Industry/Nonprofits


The good the bad of postdocs
The good & the bad of postdocs

  • Good:

    • Opportunity to develop new, independent research project

    • Form new collaborations

    • Flexibility

  • Bad:

    • Low pay

    • Nebulous status


Do you need to do a postdoc
Do YOU need to do a postdoc?

  • Determine your ULTIMATE career goal

  • Is a postdoc needed/useful for career goal?

  • Pitfalls: Postdocs may…

    • Fail to find full time employment afterwards

    • Receive insufficient mentoring/support

    • Not have enough independence to establish themselves as scientists


Talk outline1
Talk Outline

  • What is a postdoc?

  • How do you find postdoc openings?

  • Getting the most out of your postdoc


How to find a postdoc
How to find a postdoc

  • Biggest resource::: networking

  • Go to lots of meetings, talk with PIs whose research you like

  • Ask your colleagues/advisors

  • Email potential mentors


How to find a postdoc specific
How to find a postdoc: specific

  • Science http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/

  • Nature http://www.naturejobs.com

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education http://www.chronicle.com


How to find a postdoc specific1
How to find a postdoc: specific

  • Major funding agency websites:

    • NSF

    • NIH

    • NOAA

    • …and others!

  • Professional societies:

    • Websites

    • Listservers

    • Meetings

  • Individual university websites


How to find a postdoc specific2
How to find a postdoc: specific

  • Research organizations (examples):

    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories

    • Los Alamos National Laboratories

    • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

  • Professional websites:

    • www.findapostdoc.com (Europe only)

    • www.postdocjobs.com

    • http://www7.nationalacademies.org/postdoc/


Things to consider
Things to consider…

  • Different fields - will broaden your CV

  • New “hot” topics with more funding

  • Geography: where to live?

    • United States

    • International


Postdocs at uc davis
Postdocs At UC Davis

  • UCD Office of Grad Studies’ website http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu

  • PROF (Professors of the Future, http://prof.ucdavis.edu)

  • UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship


What to look for in your mentor
What to look for in your mentor

  • Is this person active in their field? (publications, grants, etc)

  • What are his/her grad students, postdocs working on?

  • Will this person be a good colleague?

  • What is the funding situation?


Before you accept an offer
Before you accept an offer….

  • Is this what you want??

  • Confirm in an offer letter:

    • Salary

    • Benefits (family coverage?)

    • Starting, ending dates

    • Expectations of your research

  • Evaluate the institution


Before you accept an offer1
Before you accept an offer….

  • Make sure you will be done with your PhD PRIOR to the starting date

  • Take time off!


Talk outline2
Talk Outline

  • What is a postdoc?

  • How do you find postdoc openings?

  • Getting the most out of your postdoc


What to expect when you start
What to expect when you start

  • Ability to get a new project up and running QUICKLY

  • Different dynamics than grad students


What to expect when you start1
What to expect when you start

  • Ability to get a new project up and running QUICKLY

  • Different dynamics than grad students

  • Advise, mentor grads and undergrads

    And/Or

  • Run the lab

  • Look for local postdoc network for info


Make the most of your time
Make the most of your time!

  • Meet, network with range of faculty/colleagues

    • NOT just your mentor(s)!

  • Participate in seminars, group research projects

  • Publish like mad


Make the most of your time1
Make the most of your time!

  • Go to meetings and more meetings, even if you have to pay for them

  • Look for supplemental (funding) opportunities

  • TEACH A COURSE, if you want to become a professor


Start looking for real jobs
Start looking for “real” jobs….

  • Develop your career

  • Make your research independent of your grad, postdoc mentors

  • Network, network, network

  • Realize that a postdoc is not a permanent position


For more information
For more information….

  • UCD Postdoctoral Scholars’ Association

    http://postdocs.ucdavis.edu

  • Postdoc Network (Science’s Nextwave) http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/pdn/index.shtml

  • Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience

    for Scientists and Engineers: A Guide for

    Postdoctoral Scholars, Advisers, Institutions,

    Funding Organizations, and Disciplinary Societies

    http://books.nap.edu/catalog/9831.html (under $12)


Thank you
THANK YOU:

  • Joanne Bookmeyer

  • Tom Peavy


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