Penn Engineering Postdoctoral Community

A Postdoctoral Fellowship (or, "postdoc") is a 1-5 year appointment after receiving a Ph.D. that is arranged privately with a faculty member who has research funding to support such a position.

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Policy for Postdoctoral Trainees at the University of Pennsylvania

Getting started checklist:

Postdoc Chalk Talks

  • "How I Went from Postdoc to Faculty: Tips on Interviewing"
    September 21st, 3 – 4 pm
    Greenberg Lounge in Skirkanich Hall

Dr. James Pikul, who is now in his first semester as a faculty member (Penn Engineering, MEAM) will lead a talk and Q&A based on his experience interviewing as a postdoc and then making the transition to a faculty member. Also, participating in this talk will be Dr. Paul Reverdy of the GRASP Lab who is currently a postdoc, but will be starting a faculty position in January.

Pizza and beverages will be served.

  • "Chalk Talks w/ a Projector" will take place every third Thursday during the academic year at 3 pm.

January’s talk will be titled “Introductions” – As it is crucial to be able to relay one’s researching when interviewing in less than two minutes, this chalk talk be organized to give interested postdocs the chance to give an introduction and receive feedback from their peers. If anyone is interested, please email Craig Ryan in Penn Engineering’s Office for Research and Innovation at

Professional Development Workshop Series

Professional Development Workshops for Fall 2017 to be announced by the Penn Engineering Office for Research and Innovation this summer.

Suggested Reading for Postdocs

"Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty"
Free book from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute course features presentations and discussions with practical advice and experiences from biomedical investigators and other professionals. For information about the book, contact

"Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers"
This book offers its assessment of the postdoctoral experience and provides principles, action points, and recommendations for enhancing that experience. It is a practical guidebook that will be a "must read" for a variety of audiences. Get the book here.

"The Academic Job Search Handbook"
Co-authored by Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong of University of Pennsylvania's Career Services, this book (now in its fourth edition) provides specific advice on all aspects of job-seeking in an increasingly tight academic market, from the appropriate timetable for the application process, to illegal or odd interview questions, to negotiating offers, starting a new job, seeking tenure, and everything in between. Get the book here.