Postdoctoral Fellows

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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EPOD Association

The charter of the EPOD (Engineering POst Doc) Association was founded in 2005 to foster support and communication within the postdoctoral fellow community at SEAS and act as a liaison to the Deputy Dean’s office. The current EPOD Chair is Whelton Miller (BE). EPOD holds academic as well as social events throughout the year.

NEW Professional Development: Faculty of the Future Workshops

A three-part workshop series for postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students interested in pursuing a career in academia will be presented during the Spring term 2014.  The program entitled, Faculty of the Future will provide a significant opportunity for participants to engage in a wide-ranging discussion about preparing for faculty position searches, developing a research program, and issues surrounding commercialization and industry research.  Learn more.

Suggested Reading for Post Docs

"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.