Professional development for postdoctoral research trainees within the Division is supported by numerous events and activities throughout the year, offered both by OGPS and with partner Departments/ Centers. Professional development topics include Navigating the Publication Process, Communicating Your Science, How to Negotiate an Academic Job Offer, Financial Stewardship, Grantsmanship, Conflict Management, Negotiation Skills, and Career Panels.
Career Resources at Brown University
Brown University has several resources available to postdoctoral researchers both on campus and online:
An online career service dedicated to expanding professional options for life science PhDs and MDs. The service provides online career resources and job postings to post-graduate and alumni candidates, and recruitment services to employers. Membership is free when you register using your Brown email address.
CareerLAB welcomes postdocs to attend their many programs. In collaboration with the Sheridan Center, the Academic Job Search Series covers the process, resources and timelines of conducting an effective job search for tenure track or other research positions in higher education. CareerLAB also offers programming related to career options beyond academia in business, government, non-profits and research settings. The graduate student sections on the CareerLAB website will be helpful for post-docs seeking either academic and non-academic job search.
Provides individual and group writing support free of charge to any member of the Brown community. Writing Center staff help students with all stages of the writing process, from finding a topic through drafting, revising, and final editing.
The Sheridan Center offers postdocs and junior faculty four year-long Teaching Certificate Programs designed to help participants develop a reflective teaching practice, improve their effectiveness as an instructor and prepare for careers in higher education. Space is limited, so register early if you wish to participate offers postdocs and junior faculty teaching orientation programs, several teaching and learning events including several levels of teaching certificates. In addition the these programs, the Center offers the following free, confidential consultations for members of the Brown teaching community:
Student Evaluations Consultation
Presentation Consultations: Conferences & Poster Sessions
Grants: Educational Components
Preparing for the Academic Job Market.
Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV)
CCV offers three levels of Certificates in High-Performance Computing (HPC) for Brown postdoctoral researchers who complete workshops in topics ranging from basic to advanced.
The goal of this program is to help train participants with diverse backgrounds to use computing more effectively in their research at Brown and beyond. The program's focus is on practical and timely knowledge that participants can apply immediately to their own research and that, in the long term, will broaden their career options in both academia and industry.
Faculty and Postdoc Positions at Brown University and Affiliated Hospitals are posted online.
Network, keep in touch, and identify interest groups with similar research interests on Brown University Postdocs LinkedIn Group. OGPS uses this professional online resource to communicate important professional development information to postdocs, including open positions of interest to the BioMed postdoc community. Join http://www.linkedin.com then search for the Brown University Postdocs group.
Career Resources Outside Brown University
Professional development tools available to postdoctoral researchers outside Brown University:
Graduate & Postdoc Opportunities website (American Society of Microbiology) is your entry to professional skills development in grantsmanship, scientific publishing, scientific presentations, teaching and mentoring, scientific ethics, career planning, and networking
Interfolio Credential Service
Offers individuals one central place to store their most important documents, while also providing the means to distribute these materials to any institution
HHMI - Lab Management
Resources for the Development of Early Career Scientists (Includes link to book "Making the Right Moves"
Postdoctoral scholars in any field of biology are invited to apply for FIRST IV, a professional development program funded by the National Science Foundation that will prepare them for the teaching component of their career. The intended outcome of participation is that postdocs will design an entire introductory biology course based on learner-centered, scientific teaching prior to assuming their first faculty position.
Specific Publications and Blogs pertaining to the professional growth of postdocs:
Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Resources include articles, career guides, and science career blog
Career Trends: Careers Away from the Bench
Science Career Magazine
Article by former Associate Dean Nancy Thompson's
Professional Organizations of interest to BioMed postdocs:
A non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the scientific community for the benefit of society, holding scientific conferences on biomedical/life science topics