Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral Training at Auburn University

Welcome current and prospective postdoctoral scholars! Auburn University is currently training almost 100 postdoctoral scholars in various disciplines in STEM fields, education, public health and many others. The Office of Postdoctoral Education is committed to providing an environment in which you can succeed, supporting you to excel during your time here, as well as the guidance and resources needed to help you develop and improve as a researcher/scholar leading to a successful transition to your follow-on position.

 

If you haven’t already, we hope you will take advantage of the free membership in the National Postdoctoral Association. Use the link to the right to become an affiliate member and gain access to substantial professional information and support resources. Sign up now!

Please browse through the menu items to the right and tabbed content below to find useful information and resources. We wish you the best during your time at Auburn…War Eagle!

Funding

PIVOT (opportunities to find funding, create profiles to reflect expertise, etc.):

On-line CITI Training (which is required for IRB/IACUC but also some agencies):

Courses include:

  • Animal Care and Use (ACU) courses.
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) course.
  • Essentials of Research Administration course.
  • Export Control (EC) course.
  • Good Lab Practices (GLP) course.
  • Human Subjects Research (HSR) courses.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Basic course.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Refresher course.

PIVOT – Funding Database

Broad Agency Announcements

Center & Institute Extramural Funding

Research Equipment Funding

Collaborative Funding Mechanisms by Agency

NSF Resources

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

NSF EPSCoR

DARPA Funding

Department of Defense Funding

NIH Resources

USDA NIFA Funding Resources

Graduate Student Funding

Intramural Grants Program (IGP)

Creative Research & Scholarship Awards

Funding Focus Newsletter

Job Sites for Academic Positions
Humanities & Social Science Resources

The Humanities PhD Project  Supports doctoral students and faculty in the humanities as they imagine, plan for, and pursue multiple career paths as humanists in the world, in the academy and beyond.

National Endowment for the Humanities  Supports “Next Generation PhD” projects at twenty-eight U.S. campuses. The NEH also employs student interns on a rolling continuous basis.

The Versatile Ph.D.   OPA offers Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for postdocs interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academe.  The site is mainly for Humanities and Social Science Postdocs, but may benefit others as well.  Access this supportive, web-based community by clicking here or copy and paste the following link into your browser – https://webapps.grad.unc.edu/auth/versatilephd.html. (Requires Onyen registration). The site includes:

  • PhD Career Finder – Provides information about careers in various disciplines
  • Discussion Forums – Helps you learn from others and get your specific questions answered
  • Panel Discussions – With PhDs now employed in various fields such as grant writing, management consulting, university administration, and policy analysis
  • Members Directory – Is searchable and can assist in networking
  • Meetups – Which occur regularly in many cities across North America
  • MyVPhD – Lets you manage your account and sign up for email notifications of forum discussions and/or jobs
Recommended Professional Organization
Postdoc Mentoring & Networking

MentorNet, the E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science, connects mentors and mentees in engineering, science, and mathematics.  MentorNet was created to foster the retention and success of women and underrepresented minorities in particular, but welcomes anyone interested in connecting with peers and experienced professionals in their field.  The MentorNet Community offers the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program, which pairs postdocs with professionals in an email based mentoring relationship, the E-Forum for web based discussion of issues like job searches and the work/life balance, as well as resources and a résumé database.  To learn more and find a mentor (or become a mentor), visit the MentorNet website. Membership is available on an individual basis

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to providing external mentoring, professional development, and a supportive community for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members across institutions. Visit the website and register as an Institutional Sub-Account Member.  You must use your UNC email address for registration.

  • The Monday Motivator – A weekly message that reinforces core ideas presented in webinars and provides support for individuals making the transition to a faculty position.
  • Webinars – Monthly 60-90 minute Guest Expert professional development sessions
  • Multi-Week Courses – Intensive workshop series guided by expert facilitators
  • Discussion Forum – A place for members to connect, share information, peer-mentor, problem solve, and celebrate each others’ success.
  • The Library – A resource that provides transcripts, slides, and audio recordings of past webinars.
  • Career Center – Search job openings, subscribe to new posting notifications in your field, and learn more about the job search process.
  • Resources – Recommended readings, writing clubs, productivity we apps and more.
Industry Interview Job Talks

Similar to faculty interview Job Talks and Chalk Talks, many industry job interviews require a presentation on your past and current research.   If you have questions about the talk (e.g., audience, duration, preferred subject matter, setting, audiovisual equipment) – ask the hiring manager with whom you have been communicating.

Job talk for industry researcher position:  UCSF

To ace your job talk, you need to know your audience: Science Magazine

Tooling up: job talk jitters: Science Magazine

Preparing for industry interview for scientist position: Science Career Forum

Examples of Linkedin groups (approximate membership # in parentheses)

Science Jobs (163,000)

American Public Health Association (54,000)

Contract Research/Development/Manufacturing Organization Professionals (39,000)

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (26,000)

The Life Science Executive Exchange, sponsored by BioInformatics LLC (24,000)

Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (14,000)

Medical Science Liaisons & Medical Affairs Networkers (10,000)

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (8,000)

Life Science & Medical Device Sales Representatives (7,000)

Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine (7,000)

Science Writers (6,000)

The Science Advisory Board (6,000)

The PostDoc Forum (4,900)

Association of University Technology Managers (1,000)

Miscellaneous

PubMed: Comprises 26 million+ citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

ResearchGate: A social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators

Tools & Tips from Science Careers (Resume/CV, Interviewing, Funding, Building a Network)

National Science Foundation: Special Programs for Postdoctoral Fellows

Consolidated Professional Development Calendar for AU Campus

Individual Development Plan

Graduate School Professional Development webpage

Research
Funding

PIVOT (opportunities to find funding, create profiles to reflect expertise, etc.):

On-line CITI Training (which is required for IRB/IACUC but also some agencies):

Courses include:

  • Animal Care and Use (ACU) courses.
  • Conflict of Interest (COI) course.
  • Essentials of Research Administration course.
  • Export Control (EC) course.
  • Good Lab Practices (GLP) course.
  • Human Subjects Research (HSR) courses.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Basic course.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Refresher course.

PIVOT – Funding Database

Broad Agency Announcements

Center & Institute Extramural Funding

Research Equipment Funding

Collaborative Funding Mechanisms by Agency

NSF Resources

NSF Dear Colleague Letters

NSF EPSCoR

DARPA Funding

Department of Defense Funding

NIH Resources

USDA NIFA Funding Resources

Graduate Student Funding

Intramural Grants Program (IGP)

Creative Research & Scholarship Awards

Funding Focus Newsletter

Teaching
Professional Development
Job Sites for Academic Positions
Humanities & Social Science Resources

The Humanities PhD Project  Supports doctoral students and faculty in the humanities as they imagine, plan for, and pursue multiple career paths as humanists in the world, in the academy and beyond.

National Endowment for the Humanities  Supports “Next Generation PhD” projects at twenty-eight U.S. campuses. The NEH also employs student interns on a rolling continuous basis.

The Versatile Ph.D.   OPA offers Versatile PhD, a web-based resource for postdocs interested in exploring career opportunities beyond academe.  The site is mainly for Humanities and Social Science Postdocs, but may benefit others as well.  Access this supportive, web-based community by clicking here or copy and paste the following link into your browser – https://webapps.grad.unc.edu/auth/versatilephd.html. (Requires Onyen registration). The site includes:

  • PhD Career Finder – Provides information about careers in various disciplines
  • Discussion Forums – Helps you learn from others and get your specific questions answered
  • Panel Discussions – With PhDs now employed in various fields such as grant writing, management consulting, university administration, and policy analysis
  • Members Directory – Is searchable and can assist in networking
  • Meetups – Which occur regularly in many cities across North America
  • MyVPhD – Lets you manage your account and sign up for email notifications of forum discussions and/or jobs
Recommended Professional Organization
Postdoc Mentoring & Networking

MentorNet, the E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science, connects mentors and mentees in engineering, science, and mathematics.  MentorNet was created to foster the retention and success of women and underrepresented minorities in particular, but welcomes anyone interested in connecting with peers and experienced professionals in their field.  The MentorNet Community offers the One-on-One E-Mentoring Program, which pairs postdocs with professionals in an email based mentoring relationship, the E-Forum for web based discussion of issues like job searches and the work/life balance, as well as resources and a résumé database.  To learn more and find a mentor (or become a mentor), visit the MentorNet website. Membership is available on an individual basis

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to providing external mentoring, professional development, and a supportive community for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members across institutions. Visit the website and register as an Institutional Sub-Account Member.  You must use your UNC email address for registration.

  • The Monday Motivator – A weekly message that reinforces core ideas presented in webinars and provides support for individuals making the transition to a faculty position.
  • Webinars – Monthly 60-90 minute Guest Expert professional development sessions
  • Multi-Week Courses – Intensive workshop series guided by expert facilitators
  • Discussion Forum – A place for members to connect, share information, peer-mentor, problem solve, and celebrate each others’ success.
  • The Library – A resource that provides transcripts, slides, and audio recordings of past webinars.
  • Career Center – Search job openings, subscribe to new posting notifications in your field, and learn more about the job search process.
  • Resources – Recommended readings, writing clubs, productivity we apps and more.
Industry Interview Job Talks

Similar to faculty interview Job Talks and Chalk Talks, many industry job interviews require a presentation on your past and current research.   If you have questions about the talk (e.g., audience, duration, preferred subject matter, setting, audiovisual equipment) – ask the hiring manager with whom you have been communicating.

Job talk for industry researcher position:  UCSF

To ace your job talk, you need to know your audience: Science Magazine

Tooling up: job talk jitters: Science Magazine

Preparing for industry interview for scientist position: Science Career Forum

Examples of Linkedin groups (approximate membership # in parentheses)

Science Jobs (163,000)

American Public Health Association (54,000)

Contract Research/Development/Manufacturing Organization Professionals (39,000)

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (26,000)

The Life Science Executive Exchange, sponsored by BioInformatics LLC (24,000)

Science, Technology & Innovation Policy (14,000)

Medical Science Liaisons & Medical Affairs Networkers (10,000)

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (8,000)

Life Science & Medical Device Sales Representatives (7,000)

Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine (7,000)

Science Writers (6,000)

The Science Advisory Board (6,000)

The PostDoc Forum (4,900)

Association of University Technology Managers (1,000)

Miscellaneous

PubMed: Comprises 26 million+ citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

ResearchGate: A social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators

Tools & Tips from Science Careers (Resume/CV, Interviewing, Funding, Building a Network)

National Science Foundation: Special Programs for Postdoctoral Fellows

Consolidated Professional Development Calendar for AU Campus

Individual Development Plan

Graduate School Professional Development webpage

Community Resources
HR/Employment