A successful postdoctoral experience requires not only progress in your research endeavors but development of your career plans. Please take advantage of the many resources below. Also, visit our calendar for upcoming career and professional development events.
Career Services, Teaching, Writing
|Responsible Conduct of Research |
Business of Bioscience
Yale Business Cards
Online Career Resources
and Job Postings
Postdoc Fellowship Websites
*Currently the Travel Fund has been suspended. We hope to resume again in the fall 2013. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Attending academic conferences is extremely important for networking and becoming known in your field. If, on rare occasions, your faculty mentor does not have the funds to send you to a conference, apply to the Postdoctoral Scholar Travel Fund. Please note: The fund is available only to postdocs in departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The McDougal Center in the Yale Graduate School houses Graduate Career Services (GCS), the Graduate Teaching Center, and the Writing Center. Although focusing on graduate students, many of their programs are open to postdocs! Visit their sites to view upcoming events.
Yale's office for Grant and Contract Administration maintains databases of funding opportunities and offers workshops on seeking funding, applying for grants, and preparing postdoctoral fellowship applications.
The 8 week Scientific Writing course for postdocs teaches technical style, word choice and location, sentence structure, and paragraph structure. Participants apply the presented writing principles to their own research paper or grant. This course is taught by a scientific writer and editor and is designed for native and non-native English speakers alike. The course is offered twice per year, and postdocs will be alerted by email when the course will next be available.
This 8 week course trains postdocs in the responsible conduct of research and covers topics recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity. It is usually offered in late spring and is given by University faculty and administrators.
Conflicts of Interest
Collaaborating with Industry
Go to http://www.yale.edu/training/, Postdoctoral Affairs for more information.
The Yale Healthcare and Life Sciences Club brings together graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences, business, medicine, public health, and law for educational and career-related opportunities in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The YBPS offers postdocs valuable experience, whether you plan a career in academia, as a researcher in industry, or in another role within industry (e.g., patent law, regulation, marketing, business development).
Purchase official Yale business cards for networking at conferences.
There are a number of invaluable web-based career resources for postdocs. Each of the sites below is worth a look!
- Science Nextwave
- Science Careers: Tools & Resources
- AAAS Career Basics Booklet http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/careerbasicspdf
- NIH Virtual Career Center
- National Science Foundation job listings
- Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty
- The National Postdoc Association
- Postdoc Jobs
- Bionet Jobs
- Bio Online
- Genome Jobs
- Chronicle of Higher Education job openings
- Academic Position Network
- The German Scholars Organization
- L'Oreal Women in Science http://www.lorealusa.com/_en/_us/
- NIGMS minority programs http://www.nigms.nih.gov/minority
- Yale Office of Grants & Contracts http://www.yale.edu/grants/funding_info/index.html#databases
- Damon Runyon
- Life Sciences Research Foundation