Guidelines for How to Find a Postdoc Position
Are you interested in finding a postdoctoral position? Dr. Peter Feibelman, author of “A Ph.D. Is Not Enough,” offers this advice:
- Decide in what area of science you want to make your name;
- Avoid a position where a complex technique is being perfected because one of the main goals of a postdoc is to finish least one significant project so that results can be produced;
- Find a mature scientist as your mentor rather than a relative novice.
There are also other considerations to take into account before searching and applying for a postdoctoral appointment. Following are resources to review before you start your search for a postdoc:
The National Academies Press outlines some steps for preparing for a postdoctoral position.
The Current State of the Postdoc Experience is an article offering advice and guidance for those seeking a postdoc appointment.
Ann Miller, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dr. Bill Bement’s Lab and a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Education and Professional Development Committee offers some excellent guidelines for how to become a postdoc and where to search for postdoctoral fellowships.
Carol Manahan, president of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Postdoctoral Association and postdoctoral fellow in Peter N. Devreotes’ laboratory, offers some important suggestions.
The University of Buffalo has outlined questions to consider asking a principal investigator (PI) during a postdoc interview or during the first few weeks of your postdoctoral experience.
Current Postdoctoral Openings at North Carolina State University
Postdoc opportunities at NC State University can be found through the Human Resources website at:
On the right hand side of this page, scroll down to the category, "Post-Doc"; select this category and the current openings will be listed.
Postdoc Opportunities at Other Universities/Institutions/Agencies
Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) Postdoctoral Fellowships
Nationwide Search for Postdoc Opportunities through the Pathways to Science program
Naval Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Naval Research Enterprise Warfare Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
NSF Corporate Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Suggestions for Internationals Wanting to Postdoc in the United States
The National Postdoctoral Association offers helpful guidance for internationals who want to acquire a postdoctoral appointment in the United States. Following are the URLs that offer insights on topics such as visa-related questions, mentoring, immigration policies, and living in the U.S.: