Students wishing to pursue an academic postdoc should begin searching approximately one year prior to defending. This means connecting to researchers in the desired field (and possibly geographic location) to begin conversations about possible postdoc positions. Postdoctoral positions are temporary training positions, not a final career position. As such, students should look for postdoc positions that will provide them with skills and training that align with their long-term career goals. Since postdocs are hired directly by the PI, it is important to engage in individual networking and contact with PIs to secure the postdoc position.
Students and Postdocs wishing to pursue non-faculty career paths should begin job searching approximately six months before they would want to start their new position. This process includes preparing the appropriate job search materials for the desired field and networking to identify available positions. The Career Center and DBBS jobs board can help with this process.
Graduate students and postdocs can schedule individual, confidential career advising appointments with career strategist, Arlene Taich, Ph.D.
Arlene is available on the Medical Campus every Tuesday, and at The Career Center on the Danforth Campus on Wednesdays. Click on The Career Center
page for more information.